Well it's official the writers are going to strike. They will make an announcement tomorrow to say when it will begin.
At which point all script work in film and tv will cease.
The first affective programs will most likely be shows like the Daily Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and the Tonight Show. Which will go immediately to reruns.
Next will be daily soaps which typically have a months work in the can, and will either go to reruns or will have the producers (who aren't members of SAG) try and keep stories generated.
The networks will rely on game shows, newsprograms and reality tv to carry there schedule.
The last strike lasted 22 weeks (5 months), and crippled a development season.
Now how does this effect AR.
Well, it might be possible for a second cycle to be greenlite for this spring. But due to the time factors involved in planning and the route and filming the route, they may not be possible (unless the producers had already started this process, which I have heard no news on).
But it also raises the possability for a summer run, and raises the possability of a fall run as well, if the strike last long (as wrters aren't supposed to work on any development during this period, and it is getting close to the time that serious work would normally start happening in preparing and polishing pilots for the next year).
Then by January almost no original dramas or comedies will be aired on network television.
An example of immediate impact on network television. This evening productionw as halted on Heroes 13th episode, and the production was directed to prepare for some reshoots of episode 11 so that it can be the season ender.
Thats strongly hints that the studios are serious about not giving into the demands of the writers.