Major Late-Night Shows to Go Dark Amid Screenwriter Strike


Major late-night shows are stopping production and will not air new content as thousands of Hollywood writers are going on strike.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will not air new shows starting Tuesday night.

Additionally, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Daily Show” will not air new shows.

Most of the programs are expected to air re-runs during the strike.

Deadline noted, “Weekly shows as ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ and ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ will be similarly impacted. The two HBO shows will shut down, although a final decision on SNL is expected to come later in the week.

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Conservatives mocked the news on Twitter:

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As NBC News noted, “Thousands of unionized scribes who say they are not paid fairly in the streaming era went on strike early Tuesday, bringing television production to a halt.”

“It comes after high-stakes negotiations between a top guild and a trade association representing Hollywood’s marquee studios failed to avert the first walkout in more than 15 years,” it added.

Podcast host Jake Crain wrote on Twitter, “What a win for America.” Another Twitter user wrote, “And nobody will miss them.”

The board of directors for the Writers Guild of America voted unanimously for the walkout.

In a statement, the union said, “The companies’ behavior has created a gig economy inside a union work force, and their immovable stance in this negotiation has betrayed a commitment to further devaluing the profession of writing.”

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