Daytime Television Shows Including Drew Barrymore’s Resume Production Amid Ongoing Hollywood Labor Dispute

by Michael Nguyen
Hollywood labor dispute

Fresh episodes of “The Drew Barrymore Show” will commence airing on Monday, casting a spotlight on its usually effervescent host, who is embroiled in off-screen controversies.

Barrymore, a scion of a renowned acting family, is proceeding with the production of new episodes for her syndicated talk show despite the presence of protesters outside her studio. Daytime television has thus become the newest front in the continuing labor discord in Hollywood.

According to Michael H. LeRoy, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor specializing in labor and employment relations, “We are roughly four months into this strike, and it is to be expected that some individuals would break ranks. While I couldn’t have anticipated that daytime TV would be the sector to do so, it’s evident that everyone has a tipping point in labor disagreements.”

“The Drew Barrymore Show,” which is currently operating without its trio of unionized writers, is not alone in resuming production. Other programs like ABC’s “The View,” as well as “Tamron Hall” and “Live With Kelly and Ryan”—which are not subject to writers’ guild regulations—have also restarted. Additional shows, including “The Jennifer Hudson Show” and “The Talk,” are set to resume on Monday as well.

As long as hosts and guests refrain from discussing or endorsing work governed by television, theatrical, or streaming contracts, they are not technically in violation of the strike. This is because talk shows fall under a different agreement known as the Network Code, which also encompasses reality TV, sports, morning news shows, soap operas, and game shows.

Barrymore acknowledged the public’s sentiment in a now-deleted Instagram video: “I understand that there’s nothing I can do to make this acceptable to those who find it unacceptable. My intention has never been to upset or harm anyone.”

The ongoing strike involves the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists pitted against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing major players like Disney, Netflix, and Amazon.

Zayd Ayers Dohrn, a writer, professor, and director of the MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage at Northwestern University, predicts that the return to work by daytime hosts and their respective teams will inevitably result in uncomfortable interactions. “It’s astounding that they will recommence work while their own writers are protesting outside their studio doors,” said Dohrn, a member of the writers guild.

Barrymore’s decision has led to significant backlash on social media platforms. Actor and activist Alyssa Milano, a long-time friend of Barrymore, also criticized her return, questioning its appropriateness in light of the ongoing strike.

LeRoy, a researcher of labor-employer conflicts for three decades, cautioned that shows like Barrymore’s might think they can operate without union writers but could encounter significant long-term ramifications. “In my observation, they have essentially paved the way for their own early retirement,” he stated.

Dohrn expressed skepticism about the reasons given by hosts like Barrymore and Bill Maher for their return: “They mention their desire to support those who are merely making ends meet. But these hosts are far from struggling financially. They have the option to stand in solidarity with their industry peers and halt production until a fair agreement is reached.”

Amid the ongoing strike, viewers will notice a different composition of guests on daytime talk shows. Authors, musicians, and comedians have become more prevalent, filling the void left by A-list celebrities.

Contributions to this report were made by Big Big News Writer Krysta Fauria.

Mark Kennedy can be found at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hollywood labor dispute

What daytime TV shows are resuming production despite the ongoing Hollywood labor strike?

“The Drew Barrymore Show,” “The View,” “Tamron Hall,” and “Live With Kelly and Ryan” are some of the daytime TV shows that have resumed production.

Who are the major parties involved in the Hollywood labor dispute?

The Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are on one side, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing companies like Disney, Netflix, and Amazon, is on the other.

What are the potential consequences for shows that continue to air new episodes?

Experts like Michael H. LeRoy warn of long-term repercussions, including the possibility that Writers Guild members may refuse to work with these shows in the future.

Is Drew Barrymore facing any backlash for her decision to resume her show?

Yes, Drew Barrymore has received significant public and industry criticism, including from long-time friend and actor Alyssa Milano, for her decision to resume production of her talk show.

What does the Network Code cover, and why is it relevant to this situation?

The Network Code is a separate contract that covers talk shows, reality TV, sports, morning news shows, soap operas, and game shows. Under this code, hosts and guests are not technically breaking the strike if they refrain from discussing or promoting work governed by television, theatrical, or streaming contracts.

How has the guest composition changed on daytime talk shows due to the strike?

Since the strike commenced, authors, musicians, and comedians have become more common guests, filling the void left by A-list celebrities who are adhering to the strike.

What did Drew Barrymore say about the ongoing controversy?

In a now-deleted Instagram video, Barrymore acknowledged that she could not make her decision acceptable to everyone and stated that her intentions were never to hurt or upset anyone.

How long has the Hollywood labor dispute been ongoing?

According to Michael H. LeRoy, the strike has been ongoing for approximately four months at the time of the article.

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FreelanceWriter September 16, 2023 - 8:02 pm

As a writer myself, I can’t imagine the strain this is putting on the industry. And now you have big names like Barrymore just ignoring the issue?

JustAFan September 16, 2023 - 9:19 pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” talking about the Hulk? Haha, that I gotta see! But seriously, the strike is no joke.

SarahLovesTV September 16, 2023 - 10:50 pm

OMG! It’s so disappointing to see shows go back to production, while writers and other crew members are still on strike. No bueno 🙁

JusticeWarrior September 17, 2023 - 4:42 am

Alyssa Milano’s criticism speaks volumes. It’s not just about one show, it’s about standing with your community. Barrymore missed the mark big time.

UnionStrong21 September 17, 2023 - 6:14 am

Unbelievable. And they wonder why the rest of us don’t trust Hollywood. If you’re gonna support a cause, stick with it till the end!

TechNerd112 September 17, 2023 - 12:05 pm

What’s this about a ‘Network Code’? seems kinda like a loophole if you ask me. Isn’t it just skirting the issue?

MikeJones47 September 17, 2023 - 1:54 pm

Wow, Drew Barrymore’s in hot water huh? Can’t believe she’s crossing the picket lines like this. Shows you what people will do to keep the money rolling in.

Cinephile_Grace September 17, 2023 - 4:04 pm

i don’t get it. Drew was so supportive during the MTV Awards, what changed? makes you question her integrity.


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