Monday, January 07, 2008

The Daily Show and Colbert Report return

Don't forget to set the dial to Comedy Central tonight. I don't know what Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are going to come up with sans writers, but with the New Hampshire primary coming up, I can't afford to miss whatever they have to offer.

In other late night news, I love this Leno-Kimmel gimmick. I don't know who's going to "win" the strike at the bargaining table, but it strikes me that Leno might be the biggest winner on the air. Working without a safety net seems to be reinvigorating Jay and he's running leaner and hungrier than he has since he was guest-hosting for Carson.


At 10:10 AM, January 07, 2008, Blogger Rhea said...

The hosts were 'forced' to return, say the media reports. How? Don't they have any power? Writers deserve much more than a bunch of complaints from audience members who miss their regular shows (don't they realize that writers write those shows?) and super-star talk show hosts who are spineless.

At 10:25 AM, January 07, 2008, Blogger AndyW said...

Well, Leno, Letterman and the rest were paying their crews out of their own pockets - a situation that clearly could not go on indefinitely. So they were put between a rock and a hard place: They could support the writers and put 100 other employees out of a job, or go back to work.

Letterman signed a side deal with the union, so he got to return with his writers. That move has engendered a lot of bad feelings from some corners of the union, though.

Basically, nobody had any good options. The strike itself is approaching that inevitable tipping point where both sides have lost so much money that whatever concessions the "winners" gain won't ever cover their losses. Human nature being what it is, however, don't expect that fact to change anything.


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