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Where TV stands

The writers’ strike would take an immediate toll on television viewers’ favorite programs, dealing a setback to shows that are written day-to-day.

Prime-time scripted series have episodes through mid-January or early February, depending on how many reruns they space out in the next few months. Unscripted shows -- such as “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” and, when it returns in January, “American Idol” -- would continue uninterrupted.

Here’s a look at where many shows stand:

“Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show,” late night

Would go into repeats immediately. (Martin Crook / Comedy Central)
“Entourage” and “Big Love,” HBO

Are currently in the writing stages and were scheduled to air in the summer of 2008. (HBO)
“Lost,” ABC

Expected to have eight out of 16 episodes ready. Midseason, none have aired yet. (ABC)
“Gossip Girl,” CW

Expected to complete 13 of 22 episodes. (KC Bailey / The CW)

Expected to complete 12 of 18 episodes. (Scott Garfield / NBC Universal)
“Jericho,” CBS

Will have seven of seven episodes. (Robert Voets / NBC)
“Friday Night Lights,”

Expected to complete 15 of 22 episodes. (Bill Records / NBC Universal)
“Battlestar Galactica,” Sci Fi

Has 10 hours of episodes, plus a two hour movie to air this Fall. (Carole Segal / Sci Fi Channel)
“Men in Trees,” ABC

Has five episodes left over from last season, 10 new episodes shot, four more scripts to shoot; adds up to 19 out of 27 for the season. (ABC)
“Damages,” FX

No word yet on whether it would be picked up (FX)
“Monk” and “Psych,” USA

Enough scripts in hand to guarantee a full second half of each season. (Carin Baer / USA Network)
“Nip/Tuck,” FX

5th season, the 22 episodes were planned for two cycles: 14 to run from now to February and eight next year. All 14 in the first cycle have been written. So, only the second cycle could be affected. (Michael Becker / FX)
“The Shield,” FX

The final season is written, no date set for airing. (Prashant Gupta / FX)
“The Wire,” HBO

Completed and will air as scheduled. (Paul Schiraldi / HBO)
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” USA

Enough for first half of the season (10); the second half (12) will be affected (meaning not enough scripts to guarantee production start as scheduled.) (Virginia Sherwood / NBC Universal)

Expected to complete all 13 episodes. (Robert Voets / CBS)