How Does the Writers Guild Walkout Affect Viewers?

From The Poynter Report with Tom Jones:

The Writers Guild of America, which represents more than 11,000 screenwriters for TV and movies, has gone on strike — its first in 15 years. Negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the studios, are deadlocked after the most recent guild contract expired.

How will this affect the things you watch? And how long is this going to last?

Let’s start with the timing. It sounds as if there is a sizable gap between the two sides. There’s really no telling how long the work stoppage might be.