Late-Night Television Programs to Resume Following Conclusion of Hollywood Writers’ Strike

by Sophia Chen
Hollywood writers' strike ends

Television late-night hosts have announced their intention to return to their regular programming by the coming week, restoring the stream of contemporary humor that has been absent for five months due to the recently concluded writers’ strike in Hollywood.

Bill Maher was among the first to announce his return, revealing early on Wednesday that his HBO series “Real Time with Bill Maher” would resume broadcasting this Friday. By late morning, the presenters of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” along with ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” confirmed that they would all be back on air by Monday. “Last Week Tonight” featuring John Oliver is scheduled to recommence on Sunday.

During the later phase of the strike, Fallon, Meyers, Kimmel, Colbert, and Oliver collaborated on a well-received podcast titled “Strike Force Five,” named after their personal messaging group. All revenue generated was allocated to support their unemployed writers. They declared the culmination of their “mission” on Instagram this past Wednesday.

As for other late-night offerings like “Saturday Night Live” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” their future plans remain uncertain. These programs had resorted to guest hosts during the duration of the strike.

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Returning to scripted television shows will necessitate a longer wait time, as actors are still on strike and negotiations are yet to be scheduled.

On the previous Tuesday evening, the board members of the writers’ union approved a contract with studio executives, partially resurrecting an industry that had been stagnant for nearly five months. Maher, along with other programs like “The Drew Barrymore Show,” “The Talk,” and “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” had postponed their returns in solidarity with the ongoing writers and actors’ strike.

The newly ratified three-year contract with studios, producers, and streaming services brings several victories in key areas that writers had been advocating for—such as compensation, employment duration, staff sizes, and governance over artificial intelligence—either meeting or coming close to their initial demands.

The union successfully negotiated for minimum wage increases and future residual income from shows, securing a raise between 3.5% and 5%—higher than what the studios had initially proposed. They also struck a deal for new residual payments that are contingent on a show’s streaming popularity, allowing writers to receive bonuses for contributing to highly-viewed shows on platforms like Netflix and Max, something the studios were initially reluctant to agree to.

In the realm of artificial intelligence, the writers secured the regulatory oversight they had been seeking. According to the new contract, AI-generated storylines will not be classified as “literary material,” ensuring that writers will not be vying with algorithms for screen credits. Nor will AI-driven narratives be deemed “source” material that writers could adapt into scripts.

Under the terms of the agreement, writers are permitted to utilize artificial intelligence in their creative process, provided their employers consent and other specified conditions are met. However, employers are not authorized to mandate the use of artificial intelligence by writers.

Reported by Dalton from Los Angeles.

For further details on the strikes involving writers and actors, please visit: https://bigbignews.net/hollywood-strikes/

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hollywood writers’ strike ends

When are late-night TV shows resuming their regular programming?

Late-night TV shows are planning to resume their regular programming by the coming week. Bill Maher’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” is set to return this Friday, while other shows such as “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” are expected to return by Monday.

What led to the pause in late-night TV programming?

The late-night TV shows were on a hiatus due to the Hollywood writers’ strike, which lasted for nearly five months. The strike resulted in a halt in the production of scripted content, affecting both television and streaming platforms.

What did late-night hosts do during the strike?

During the strike, late-night hosts like Fallon, Meyers, Kimmel, Colbert, and Oliver collaborated on a podcast called “Strike Force Five.” The proceeds from this podcast were directed to support their unemployed writers.

What is the status of scripted shows?

The return of scripted television shows will take longer as actors are still on strike and no negotiations are currently planned.

What does the new union contract entail for writers?

The new three-year contract includes significant gains for writers, such as increases in minimum wage and future residual income from shows, as well as governance over artificial intelligence in the industry. Specifically, writers will receive a pay increase of between 3.5% and 5% and new residual payments based on the popularity of streaming shows.

How does the new contract affect artificial intelligence in screenwriting?

The contract stipulates that AI-generated storylines will not be considered as “literary material,” ensuring that writers will not have to compete with algorithms for screen credits. Writers are permitted to use artificial intelligence in their work if their employers agree, but they cannot be required to use it.

Are there any late-night shows for which the future plans are not yet clear?

The future plans for shows like “Saturday Night Live” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” remain uncertain. These programs had used guest hosts during the duration of the strike.

Who reported on this news?

The news was reported by Dalton from Los Angeles.

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Mark_S September 28, 2023 - 1:38 am

Finally some good news! Now, what’s gonna happen to scripted shows? Those are my fav.

SarahT September 28, 2023 - 1:47 am

What’s the deal with SNL and the Daily Show? Anyone knows when they are coming back?

FilmBuff September 28, 2023 - 2:00 am

Good to know writers won’t have to compete with AI…yet. but seriously, what’s next?

CryptoFan21 September 28, 2023 - 3:34 am

Interesting to see how AI is impacting even the Hollywood writers. The future is now, people.

TVJunkie September 28, 2023 - 4:15 am

3.5% to 5% pay increase for the writers? Not bad, not bad at all.

KevinO September 28, 2023 - 9:10 am

Been missing my weekly dose of Maher and Colbert. So yeah, mission complete indeed.

JaneDoe September 28, 2023 - 9:32 am

Wow, can’t believe the strike lasted for almost 5 months. Glad to see late-night TV coming back, I missed the humor!

Anna_W September 28, 2023 - 4:08 pm

Strike Force Five podcast was actually a good listen. Hope they keep it goin even now.


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