The latest reports suggest the producers for the major US chat shows – the Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Night With Conan O’Brien – are in talks to bring back the shows from early December. An article on Variety says “according to several network execs with knowledge of the situation, there’s been talk of resuming production on some shows as early as next month, with Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 mentioned as possible return dates”. It’s still certainly not 100% known what will be happening –
for example, the latest data available to us for listings for next week, shows new episodes of The Tonight Show and Late Night With Conan O’Brien (possibly with guest hosts instead of Jay and Conan), but nobody knows for sure. Variety also reports “so far, ratings for the latenight shows haven’t been dramatically hurt by the strike — but there are signs of erosion”.
Update – 17th November – 22:00 – The latest data we have now suggests there will be reruns next week for The Tonight Show and Late Night (and all the other chat shows). Keep checking www.lateshowuk.com/guest-listings for any developments.[/end of update]
A Worldwide Pants spokesman for the Late Show and Late Late Show told Variety “next week’s tapings of ‘The Late Show’ and ‘The Late, Late Show’ have been canceled, and we will continue to make a week-by-week determination about future tapings”. Silicon Alley Insider says “NBC, which owns the Leno and O’Brien shows, has told the staffs of those two shows that they will be paid at least for the next two weeks”. David Letterman has already said he will continue to pay his staff some form of payment throughout the strike. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are likely to stay in reruns for the forseeable future.