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(Left) Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez in Disney+'s 'Echo.' Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness in Marvel Studios' 'Wandavision' exclusively on Disney+. Captain Carter in Marvel Studios' 'What If…?' exclusively on Disney+.

(Left) Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez in Disney+’s ‘Echo.’ (Center) Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness in Marvel Studios’ ‘Wandavision’ exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Suzanne Tenner. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. (Right) Captain Carter in Marvel Studios’ ‘What If…?’ exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The consequences of the studios and other big companies that make up the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) not negotiating in good faith with writers and actors are continuing to be felt.

We already learned that Disney and Marvel have been juggling their schedules for big screen output to accommodate films that are delayed due to the strikes (or completed projects for which they want talent to be available to promote).

Yet that is also having a knock-on effect on the various Disney+ series that the superhero-focused studio produces. Which is hardly surprising given the deep intersections between Marvel’s movie and TV output (and the fact that the shows are also seeing delays due to writer and actor availability).

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What’s happening with Marvel’s TV series?

The Watcher (voiced by Jeffrey Wright) in Marvel Studios' 'What If…?' exclusively on Disney+.

The Watcher (voiced by Jeffrey Wright) in Marvel Studios’ ‘What If…?’ exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.

Animated series ‘What If…?’, which explores variations on characters and stories, has a second season ready to go, but will now launch in December this year (an exact date has yet to be announced).

‘Hawkeye’ spin-off ‘Echo’, based around Alaqua Cox’s deaf Native American character, is shifting from November to January, while ‘X-Men ‘97’, a revival of the 1990s animated show, will fly from this fall to early next year.

Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' 'Wandavision' exclusively on Disney+.

(L-R): Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ ‘Wandavision’ exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Perhaps the biggest move underway is for the series currently known as ‘Agatha: Darkhold Diaries’ (formerly ‘Agatha: House of Harkness’ and then ‘Agatha: Coven of Chaos’), now shifting to next fall, likely (probably a smart move) to arrive around Halloween 2024.

As for shows that were still in production (or post-production)? The likes of ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ and ‘Wonder Man’ will have to wait to gear up shooting again, while ‘Ironheart’ (featuring Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams, first introduced in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’), is stuck in post-production limbo, and does not currently have a launch slot.

Is ‘Loki’ Season 2 delayed?

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios' 'Loki,' Season 2, exclusively on Disney+.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios’ ‘Loki,’ Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.

‘Loki’s second season is still on track to launch on Disney+ on October 6th.

Marvel is no doubt figuring that the show –– which is still the most successful of the small screen MCU offerings –– will effectively sell itself. And it also doesn’t want to have the fall completely empty.

‘Loki’ picks up the story of the title character’s (Tom Hiddleston) journey around the multiverse, figuring out what is wrong with time and encountering variant versions of himself. Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino star in the series, with Ke Huy Quan a big guest star in this second season.

AMC scores waiver

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in AMC's 'The Walking Dead.'

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.’

It’s not all bad news for those who produce TV series (and movies). Many independent productions have secured waivers to keep shooting or to promote their projects.

Perhaps the highest profile of recent examples is AMC, which is behind shows such as the mammoth ‘Walking Dead’ franchise and ‘Mayfair Witches’.

It might surprise you to learn that AMC Networks, whose AMC Studios produces most of its shows, is not an AMPTP member but is an “authorized” by the alliance, meaning AMC agrees to abide by any contracts between the AMPTP and industry unions such as the WGA or SAG-AFTRA.

The recent waiver from SAG-AFTRA (the union representing actors, which is currently on strike) means that three shows can continue work.

Danai Gurira as Michonne, and Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in AMC's 'The Walking Dead.'

(L t R) Danai Gurira as Michonne, and Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.’

‘Walking Dead’ spin-off ‘The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon’ (surely self-explanatory for fans) can resume production while ‘The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live’ (which sees the return of Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes and Danai Gurira’s Michonne to the franchise) finished shooting before the strike but can have the cast head to the studio for post-production work such as additional dialogue recording.

Anne Rice adaptation ‘Interview With the Vampire’ will return to shooting in Prague after shutting down when the actors’ strike started. No other AMC shows are currently included under the waiver.

Marvel Studios and Disney+'s 'Echo.'

Marvel Studios and Disney+’s ‘Echo.’

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