The hit ABC quiz show The Chase is a remake of a British series of the same name. It features Jeopardy! icon Ken Jennings as well as other quiz show titans like James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. Fans love the fast-paced action of the show. At the same time, Jennings’ presence in the series is both a draw and a sign of quality.
The Chase aired the last of its pre-recorded season-one episodes in March. The show hasn’t been renewed for a second season. However, showrunners hope to create more episodes to extend the first season. But, before they could set that plan in motion, the writers of the show went on strike. The strike notice came in late March.
On March 24th, the Writers Guild of America East handed ABC’s ITV imprint a strike notice. The notice informed producers of the show that no member of WGAE would work for The Chase until producers of the show signed off on the Guild’s “Minimum Basic Agreement,” for the first and all future seasons of the show.
The Writers Guild of America’s Minimum Basic Agreement includes things like pension plans, health benefits, and residual income from The Chase, among other things. ITV made a statement saying that the WGAE demands were unreasonable and would financially cripple the show. They went on to say that they offered healthcare, pay raise, and other benefits to all employees. It seemed that they were at a stalemate.
Today, they came to can agreement, according to Deadline.
The Chase Writers Go Back to Work
Showrunners for The Chase came to an agreement with the Writers Guild of America East today. While the terms are not public, the union seemed firm in its demands late last month. So, it is safe to assume that ITV applied the Guild’s MBA to all future seasons of the show. This means that the writers for the quiz show will be well taken care of for as long as the series runs.
This is good news because, as Deadline reports, The Chase is on the brink of being renewed for a second season. This means that not only will viewers be able to see Ken Jennings and other Jeopardy! greats facing off against hopeful contestants but the show will also maintain its current level of quality.
If you missed the first season of The Chase you can check it out on the ABC website. It is also available to stream on Hulu.