Talks between Hollywood writers and studios abruptly broke off for the weekend, dimming hopes of averting a strike that could cripple the television industry.
The Writers Guild of America has been in talks since July with studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
In statements Friday, each side accused the other of intransigence. The writers' contract expires Oct. 31. Studios and TV networks have accelerated filming of shows and movies and begun stockpiling scripts in case of a strike. The last strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks, and losses to the industry were put at $500-million (U.S).