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Zeruel
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Since: 2.1.02
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#81 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
Letterman is trying to get an exemption so he can come back WITH WGA writers.

Source: http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2007-12-17/#tv1

In the Blink of an Eye?
Raising the question of who blinked first, the New York Times reported today (Monday) that David Letterman is working out a deal with the Writers Guild of America that would allow him to return to the air on CBS in early January with his usual writing staff even if the strike continues. Executives of Worldwide Pants, Letterman's production company, told the newspaper that they were hopeful the deal with the writers could be concluded this week. "That could potentially put Mr. Letterman at an enormous advantage over most of his late-night colleagues" the Times observed. The newspaper noted that Letterman is in a stronger position to hash out a deal with the writers because, unlike many other late-night shows, he owns the production company responsible for it, not the network. However, the Times article did not indicate whether Letterman's company and the WGA had come to an agreement on residuals for new media, the principal issue involved in the current labor dispute. Complicating matters is the fact that while Worldwide Pants produces the program, CBS nevertheless distributes it and presumably would be responsible for paying writers residuals for online use of their material on CBS.com and/or other Internet sites. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported today that NBC is expected to announce that it will return its late-night shows to the air as early as January 2 -- without writers.

(edited by Zeruel on 17.12.07 2021)


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#82 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
Kimmel is also coming back on the 2nd. It should be noted that Worldwide Pants also owns the Craig Ferguson Show, so if Letterman gets his deal, the two CBS shows would be the only ones with writers.
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#83 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.84
If the WGA isn't allowing their guys to work the Oscars or Golden Globes, I doubt they'll be allowed back for Letterman.




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#84 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.21
    Originally posted by It's False
    If the WGA isn't allowing their guys to work the Oscars or Golden Globes, I doubt they'll be allowed back for Letterman.


The article I read (which I can't find at the moment) said that Letterman's production company is willing to meet the WGA demands in order to keep the show in production. The big hitch is that CBS, which distributes the show, may have an issue with Letterman circumventing their needs.

Edit: Here's one article on their potential agreement


    Since the beginning of the strike, we have expressed our willingness to sign an interim agreement with the guild consistent with its positions in this dispute," said Rob Burnett, president and CEO of Worldwide Pants and exec producer of "Late Show," in a statement Saturday. "We're happy that the guild has now adopted an approach that might make this possible. It is our strong desire to be back on the air with our writers, and we hope that will happen as soon as possible."




(edited by Leroy on 18.12.07 2204)



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#85 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.45
Here's some good news. Colbert and Stewart are coming back to production January 7.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071220/ap_en_tv/hollywood_labor

It will good to have The Daily Show and The Colbert Report back.



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#86 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.09

Will they just do 30 minutes of improv on the day's events? Or will they just do a full show of interviews?



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#87 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by SchippeWreck

    Will they just do 30 minutes of improv on the day's events? Or will they just do a full show of interviews?


IMDB talks about that a little bit: http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2007-12-20/#tv1


    Late-Night Shows Return, But Will Stars?
    Bookers for late-night talk shows have been struggling to find A-list personalities willing to cross picket lines to appear on the shows when they return on January 2, the New York Times reported today (Thursday). An unnamed publicist told the newspaper that her agency is taking a wait-and-see approach in order to judge reaction to actors who do cross picket lines. Asked whether the shows had been able to book any guests, producers at each of the late-night shows declined to comment, the Times said. However, Donald Trump, who is booked on Late Show With David Letterman on January 2, personally phoned media outlets Wednesday to inform them that he will appear on the program to promote his The Celebrity Apprentice, which is due to debut on January 10. There was still no word on when Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report might return. "It's a little bit of a different challenge for them," a source told today's (Thursday) New York Post."Even without writers, the other shows can fall back on booking additional guests or adding musical performers" to replace monologues and sketches that require writing talent. Both Comedy Central shows are formulated around topical satire.


(edited by Zeruel on 20.12.07 1922)

IMDB is now reporting that the WGA has given it's second exemption to an awards show: http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2007-12-21/#tv3



    WGA Grants Waiver to Indie Awards Show
    The Writers Guild of America has granted a second waiver, this time to allow writers to work for the Independent Spirit Awards, which honors independent filmmakers. (They had already granted a similar waiver to the Screen Actors Guild.) The ceremonies will air live on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) on Feb. 23, the day before the scheduled Oscar telecast, with an edited repeat airing the same night on Bravo. The WGA said it had granted the waiver because the producers had requested it before the strike began. It added, "The best way to get the awards season back on track is for the AMPTP to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair deal with the Writers Guild to get this town back to work."


(edited by Zeruel on 21.12.07 1635)

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#88 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
Letterman did it. The Late Show with David Letterman and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson are going to have writers when they come back.

This puts major pressure on the other networks to settle. Hopefuly that means the end is in sight.

(edited by Mr. Boffo on 29.12.07 1048)
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#89 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.66
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    Hopefuly that means the end is in sight.


Darn I was enjoying no entertainment except for web content(what the writers are striking for in the first place), youtube, and various other forms of brain distracting things. Now I get to go hug my TV again.



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Newest side deal- the WGA and United Artists (deadlinehollywooddaily.com)

This could wind up being farily big, for the simple fact that this is a movie production group, but time will tell.

The new battleground, however, is the Golden Globes. The WGA plans to picket the event, and obviously, there would be no pre-written material on the show. The Screen Actors Guild has said that none of their members will cross a picket line, so, basically, if the awards are televised, it's going to be a representative of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association reading off nominees, and announcing who won, with nothing else. While it'll be the fastest awards show in AGES, it's not exactly compelling television.

Now the hitch- NBC has the rights to air the ceremony. Apparently, the WGA has informed the HFPA that if the ceremony ISN'T telecast, there will be no picket lines. For their part, NBC is saying the ceremony WILL be shown, either as scheduled next Sunday, or taped for later broadcast. What happens with the Golden Globes becomes important if the strike keeps dragging on, because the Academy Awards are a-comin', and the same situation is going to crop up.



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#91 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.23
Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you...

E! Online reports three more deals (eonline.com): RKO, Marvel (good news for Avengers & Captain America fans, as the new films for those characters can now get moving), and Lionsgate. The last one's a biggie since it's the first deal to be made with a producer of scripted TV shows (Lionsgate is responsible for Mad Men, which just won the Golden Globe for Best Drama without anyone noticing; and a show that's probably more familiar to everyone, Showtime's Weeds).

Cross your fingers, folks. The more side deals get made, the more that a final resolution to the strike might be on the horizon.



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SOURCE: http://www.cnbc.com/id/23057002 and this loud guy at work.

Looks like the rumors of the strike ending this week are checking out. No other big news sites seem to have picked it up yet, but word is it's over.
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#93 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.77
    Originally posted by SKLOKAZOID
    SOURCE: http://www.cnbc.com/id/23057002 and this loud guy at work.

    Looks like the rumors of the strike ending this week are checking out. No other big news sites seem to have picked it up yet, but word is it's over.


Nikki Finke says not to jump the gun, and though this weekend is probably just a formality and the whole thing is over, I'll take her advice for now.



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#94 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
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#95 Posted on
Looks like it may really be over.

http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Wga-Strike-Watch/News-Writers-Strike/800032903



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Even more telling

http://www.wga.org/subpage_member.aspx?id=2769

There is, however, another issue to address: whether to lift the restraining order, and end the strike, during the ratification process. We are asking the members to decide this issue. A vote will take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2008

There will be no picketing Monday or Tuesday: all pickets are suspended until the WGA membership votes to either end or continue the strike.



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#97 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
It's over. (latimes.com) Some places are saying 92.5% voted to end the strike, some say it was a 92.5% margin between yay or nay, but the negative votes were few either way.

They'll still have to ratify the new deal, but if the writers get the deal they think they're getting, it should be no problem.

Writers for talk shows return tomorrow. There may be parades. SNL returns on 02/23.

Lists of which shows will produce more shows this season and which will not have been floating around for the last couple of days. This is a quick reference one (featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com), though it doesn't include how many episodes MAY be taped yet this year and people are still figuring this stuff out.

Lost (hollywoodreporter.com) has said they plan to rush 5 more episodes to their (in progress) 8 episodes completed.

(edited by thecubsfan on 12.2.08 2218)

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As far as The Office goes, OfficeTally (officetally.com) has got a nifty little recap as far as what's left for Season 4



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Shamefully stolen from another board:

http://tvguide.com/showstatus will tell you the latest on when your faves come back with new episodes (IF they do - there are a few cancellations in there as well).

TVGuide.com also says Tina Fey will host the return of SNL 2/23, with Ellen Page hosting the 3/1 episode.



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