I can see the MBC network executives pulling their hair now, but no one can blame MBC, no one could have predicted this kind of chaos. Fight after fight year after year and it never ends, an actor/actress is leaving or being removed, some even being offered big bucks to move to other series !!! The fighting even reached between fans who are now in two or more teams, those who blame the director who is controlling everything now as a producer and those who accuse the actors to be troublemakers for asking more money, Yes this is the level it reached to?!
Bab El 7ara is the series that was reminding us of the beautiful old simpler times, pressing on going back to traditional values, good manners and bravery in a society that is so polluted in our current days. How can I believe the actors in their roles any more now after seeing all what is happening in behind the scenes??
Yet MBC will still be profiting hugely from “Bab Al Hara 4” this year and the 5th season next year. I believe even if MBC just show a black screen with the words “Bab El 7ara” written in Arabic on it will be enough to catch millions of gazing glued eyes.
The first two parts of “Bab El 7ara” were too good that anything coming after that would find a gigantic audience, we all know if “Bab El 7ara 3” was shown first no one would care to follow it. It is being speculated that this season is well written and will avoid amateur mistakes that happened in the third season. I guess we can only wait and see.
And here is the “Making of” segment in the MBC Morning Show:
I thought, like others, that Bab El 7ara Part 3 or Season 3 like some likes to call it, is the last one and the door will get closed. But those behind the series finds a great opportunity especially that the viewership of the third season did not decline, so now they have decided to produce two new seasons to be aired in 2009 and 2010. What does the director Bassam Al Mulla wants exactly, he wants us to see the grand grand sons of the series characters?
Bab El 7ara is getting more than it deserves, those who used to say that they wont watch the 3rd part because of 3abbas El Noori are actually watching, they want to know what happens to the other characters. If this goes on we could end up seeing Bab El7ara 6 and 7 and 8 and 9 and 10, Until we reach to the current time. How long will they stretch this, I don’t blame them they found the chicken which will lay golden eggs.
At first I didn’t think the Writers Strike would last long, I expected that the fat cats would cave in to try to avoid losing billions of dollars, at least that’s how i saw it. But it seems that the strike is going to continue and none of them are willing to lean towards any solution.
To be honest at first i didn’t understand what was the issue, and i thought those writers are really greedy, especially after reading some responses from the big guys in the industry, but thanks to a videos posted on youtube by the writers explaining what they are fighting for, I understood the situation and now I know that they are not asking for much.
Here is the video:
Ofcourse this strike is going to have a huge affect on all of your favourite shows, and if it gets longer it seems that networks will start airing more and more reality shows, yes no need for writers, there is even a talk of Big Brother on CBS to start in the Winter for the first time in its history, as you know Big Brother is a summer show. One of the major surprises of the season would be Heroes ending with the 11th episode being the season finale on December 3rd.
Here is a full list of how shows are affected by this strike until now. After the jump.
24 — Production stopped after 8 episodes of 24 completed, will not air until all 24 episodes can be aired in succession.
30 Rock — Ten episodes of 22 filmed, production shut down. Episode 7 expected on November 27.
Back to You — On hiatus.
Big Bang Theory — On hiatus.
Big Shots — Nine episodes completed out of 13.
Bionic Woman — 9 of 13 episodes completed filming.
Bones — 12 of 22 episodes in the can. Episode 9 will air Nov. 27.
Boston Legal — 15 episodes completed out of 22.
Brothers and Sisters — Six episodes left including this week.
Cane — Entire 13 episode season filmed and expected to air.
Carpoolers — Entire 13 episode season completed filming.
Cashmere Mafia — Premiere moved to 2008.
Cavemen — 12 of 13 season episode season completed filming.
Chuck — Six completed episodes left.
The Colbert Report — On hiatus, airing repeats.
Cold Case — 10 of 24 episodes completed filming.
Criminal Minds — Six more episodes completed, then … 12 out of 22 eps filmed.
C.S.I. — Ten out of 24 episodes filmed.
C.S.I.: Miami — 13 out of 24 episodes filmed.
C.S.I.: New York — 14 out of 24 episodes filmed.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — On hiatus, running repeats.
Desperate Housewives — 9th episode will air December 2, then on hiatus holding back the last show filmed.
Dirt — Season expected to be truncated.
Dirty Sexy Money — Six episodes left before zilch, 12 of the 13 episodes completed filming.
Ellen DeGeneres — New shows after a one-day hiatus.
Everybody Hates Chris — Full 22 episode season completed and ready to air.
Family Guy — Production shut down.
Ghost Whisperer — 9 episodes out of 22 filmed.
Gossip Girl — Six episodes to go before shutdown, 13 of 22 episodes completed.
Grey’s Anatomy — 11 of 22 episodes completed, production shut down.
Heroes — Scripts written through the 11th episode which might serve as season finale December 3.
House — Five or six completed episodes in can before none.
How I Met Your Mother — On hiatus.
Jericho — Seven episode season ready to air.
Jimmy Kimmel Live — On hiatus, airing repeats.
Journeyman — Entire 13 episode season filmed.
K-Ville — 10 of 13 episodes completed, production shut down.
Late Show with David Letterman — On hiatus, repeats expected throughout strike.
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit — 14 of 22 episodes completed, production shut down.
Lost — 8 of 16 episodes completed, still scheduled for a February premiere.
Medium — Nine of 22 episodes completed filming.
Men in Trees — 19 episodes filmed, some held back from last season.
My Name is Earl — Season completed filming.
NCIS — Ten out of 24 episodes filmed.
The New Adventures of Old Christine — Production shut down.
Nip/Tuck — 14 episodes filmed, filming on next 8 postponed.
Numb3rs — 12 out of 24 episodes filmed — Nov. 23 marks episode 9.
The Office — On hiatus after cast didn’t show up to work. Two or three completed episodes left to air.
Prison Break — On hiatus until January 14.
Private Practice — Eleven episodes filmed, production shut down.
Rescue Me — Production had been scheduled in 2008 for a 22 episode season, status in limbo.
Rules of Engagement — On hiatus.
Samantha Who? — Twelve episodes filmed out of 22-ep season.
Saturday Night Live — On hiatus.
Scrubs — 11 episodes shot, 12th worked non-WGA, brouhaha as NBC wants that to be finale and creator Bill Lawrence doesn’t want to end early.
Shark — 11 of 22 episodes completed filming.
The Simpsons — Sitting pretty with 17 completed episodes to go.
Smallville — 15 of 22 episodes completed.
South Park — Not WGA, production continues.
Supernatural — 11 episodes completed filming, five more scripts ready.
‘Til Death — On hiatus.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno — On hiatus, repeats expected throughout strike.
Two and A Half Men — On hiatus as of November 26, production shut down.
Ugly Betty — 13 out of 24 episodes filmed.