Resolution Reached: Late-Night Shows Gear Up for a Comeback After Writers & Studios Reach Agreement.
Late-night television is on the verge of making a triumphant return.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers are in the process of plotting their comeback following a successful negotiation between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Sunday.
These shows and daytime talk shows are expected to lead the charge in the television industry's return to normalcy after a hiatus that began in early May due to the writers' strike.
According to insiders, the shows are anticipated to resume a few days after the strike officially concludes, contingent on the WGA Board and Council's decision to lift the restraining order. This will allow the writers to return to work, allowing the production crew to kickstart the process.
Unlike struck shows, the late-night programs will not need to wait for the resolution of the SAG-AFTRA strike. However, it is unlikely that a wave of actors will appear as guests, as they remain on strike and won't be endorsing struck projects.
While The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, Late Night, and weekly show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver are set to resume with their respective hosts. The Daily Show faces a unique situation. The Comedy Central series had interim guest hosts in place when the strike began following Trevor Noah's departure.
CBS will need to strategize for its 12:30 a.m. slot after James Corden departs from The Late Late Show just before the strike, which led to the network's decision to revamp with a reboot of @midnight. This show currently needs a host.
Bill Maher initially stirred controversy by announcing his intention to return to HBO's Real Time on September 22, reversed his decision after the WGA and AMPTP resumed negotiations.
The impending return of these shows will be a welcome relief for the numerous individuals who contribute to their production, many of whom have been without work and compensation for an extended period.
Colbert, Kimmel, Fallon, and Meyers are expected to return on the same night, given their close camaraderie throughout the strikes. The group has been hosting a podcast, "Strike Force Five," which has thus far released six episodes on Spotify.
Reflecting on the previous strike, Kimmel disclosed on Strike Force Five that the other late-night hosts were somewhat disheartened by Letterman and Ferguson's ability to return with their writers ahead of the other shows.
Oliver inquired, "Is it safe to say that in 2008, the hosts weren't quite as amicable as we are now? I realize it's a shallow bar, but that was a series of failing marriages they were embroiled in."
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