Hollywood writers and studio representatives began last-ditch negotiations Sunday in an effort to prevent a strike, the writers union said.
A federal mediator called the meeting between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television producers at an undisclosed location.
The writers' contract expired October 31, and they plan to strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday (3:01 a.m. ET) if a deal cannot be reached.
The first picket lines would be seen at New York's Rockefeller Center, followed by picket lines at various locations in Los Angeles, the guild said.
The writers want more money from the sale of DVDs and a share of revenue generated by the sale of TV shows and films over the Internet.
The studios say the demands are unreasonable and would hamper attempts to experiment with new media.
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The first casualty of the strike would be late-night talk shows, which are dependent on current events to fuel monologues and other entertainment.
"The Tonight Show" on NBC will go into reruns starting Monday if last-ditch negotiations fail and a strike begins, according to a network official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to comment publicly.
Comedy Central has said "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" would likely go into repeats as well.
Daytime TV, including live talk shows such as "The View" and soap operas, which typically tape about a week's worth of shows in advance, would be next to feel the impact.
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I don't watch a lot of regular television shows, but I love Ulgy Betty, The Game, and (now stale) Girlfriends. I'd hate if the those writers went on strike. Well, Lynn is starting to look middle aged and Joan is getting more ridiculous with each episode. Darnell could stand to lose a few pounds. Bring the sexy back.