Late-Night Shows Go Dark as Writers Strike


Late-night talk shows, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, will be going dark starting Tuesday after writers agreed to strike.

Weekly shows such as Saturday Night Live, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will also be similarly impacted.

The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, and Late Night will officially be in re-runs now, waiting on what Comedy Central will do with The Daily Show.

Two of the nightly hosts, Kimmel and Colbert, went through this situation in 2007-08, the latter as the host of The Colbert Report.

Meyers was at Saturday Night Live during the last strike, and Oliver was on The Daily Show. Maher’s Real Time was also hit, with its season finale replaced by a rerun.

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One of the issues in this year’s negotiation between the writers guild and the studios is also surrounding late-night shows on streaming.

As it stands, writers who work on “comedy variety programs made for new media,” such as Peacock’s The Amber Ruffin Show, do not qualify for MBA minimums, something the WGA has been fighting for.

Late-night showrunners have told Deadline that they will stay in touch with each other as the strike progresses to give a unified approach to the situation, something that didn’t happen in ’07-’08.

“I have been and will continue to talk to the other shows to see what they’re up to,” one showrunner said. “We’ve got to support the writers — our writers are amazing.

That said, the rest of the staff is amazing, and I don’t want to see anybody lose their jobs or lose a paycheck. What’s the happy medium there? Figuring that out, it’s not been easy.”

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One SNL star told Deadline: “We have to think about our crew too. I absolutely support the writers, and I want the writers to get what they deserve and need, but I don’t want our crew to be out of work. We can’t make this art without each other.”

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