The past few months have really been the time for reality TV to finally get its you-know-what together when it comes to editors and unions. Given that so many other types of television already employ unionized editors, we don’t know how it took so long for this to happen in the first place. We’re not going to sit here and say that we’re an expert on labor or urban relations, but editors are one of the most-unheralded groups out there. They’re basically the post-production cinematographers.
One of the most important, albeit under-the-radar, stories that we have been following this year so far relates to what has been going on over with Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset,” where a strike among its editors first broke out last month with the demanding the right to unionize. At one point, Bravo even took over production of the series from studio Ryan Seacrest Productions, and then attempted to drop all of the striking editors.
In the end, all of this seems to now be at least somewhat resolved. Bravo has relented, and an agreement has been ratified. Is it a turning point? Maybe, but we’d consider the real turning point to be when the editors over at “Survivor” got a similar deal done earlier this year.
The not-so-wonderful thing about this particular production for this series is that “Shahs of Sunset” was set to premiere its fourth season on Monday, October 13. That’s not happening anymore. Instead, you’ll have to wait for the network to figure out some other to-be-determined date to watch Reza and company party hard. Our guess is sometime next month. This is not one of the series that is so enormously successful that you cannot air it over the holidays. You can watch a preview below, but just know that the premiere date on it is wrong.
We’ll have some more information on the return of the show when it becomes available. For now, let us know what you think with a comment, and head over here to score some other scoop on everything we cover at CarterMatt via our official newsletter. (Photo via Bravo.)