Writers Strike News Roundup: Friday, Dec. 14
Late Night Hosts Mull Mid-Strike Comeback...
Sources close to late night shows said several hosts could be back on the air by Jan. 7, if not sooner, Daily Variety reports. Nobody knows who would come back first, but plunging ratings are worrying networks, the newspaper says. Insiders are saying that Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien might come back first, but there are talks involving all four hosts, including David Letterman and Craig Ferguson, returning around the same time, the newspaper says.
Scripted TV Completely Halted Due to Strike
Scripted television will officially darken in January due to the writers strike, Daily Variety reports. “October Road,” the last hanger-on, will wrap production in mid-January. The loss in direct production spending alone is around $2.75 million per each hour-long drama is scheduled but not produced, the newspaper says.
Stars Vexed by Picket Line Question
Stars interviewed about their Golden Globe nominations yesterday mainly stood behind their writers, saying that if the Globes ceremony is picketed, they won’t cross the line, Daily Variety reports. Glenn Close, David Cronenberg, and “Mad Men” executive producer Matt Weiner all said they would be hard pressed to cross the picket line, the newspaper says. Some stars, like John Travolta or screenwriter Christopher Hampton, are on the fence about attending, saying it’s too soon to make a commitment, the paper reports.
Picketing Writers Endure Sleet and Snow
Sleet and snow hit Writers Guild of America East supporters picketing in New York on Thursday, but it didn’t diminish their showing, the Hollywood Reporter says. The picket drew more than 200 writers and college students outside of Viacom headquarters, according to the Reporter.