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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Late-night talk shows resume production today

The Late Show With David Letterman and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson will start the new year with original episodes, beginning tonight, after their shows’ parent company, Worldwide Pants, struck a deal with the Writers Guild of America. The deal allows those shows’ writers to return to work, despite the ongoing writers’ strike.

The other late-night talk shows, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Kimmel Live, are also resuming production today, but not with their writing staffs.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are scheduled to return on Monday without writers, too.

Over the weekend, the WGA said it plans to picket the shows of Leno, O’Brien, Kimmel, Stewart and Colbert. The WGA also said it will pressure actors and SAG guests toward appearing only on Letterman and Ferguson, instead of the other “struck” shows.

OK, here is my question. If a company such as Worldwide Pants can strike a deal that is satisfactory to the WGA, why can’t the networks?

It makes no sense. This strike needs to end now so that thousands of people can get their jobs back, and so that TV addicts like myself will have something to watch this year.

2 comments:

Peter Bright said...

Letterman and his company are a class act valueing the creative art of the written word...AMPTP are you listening?

kerri said...

Here, here Peter. I'm with you Tube Talk Girl, why can't the rest of the networks follow Letterman's lead. It's ridiculuous.

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