The late night talk shows have gone back into production as of Wednesday night. They went dark when the Writers Guild of America East and West went on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in mid-November.
What does it mean for the Idols? Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis and Carrie Underwood can re-schedule appearances that were canceled when the strike began–at roughly the same time they dropped their albums and began promtional tours.
Blake Lewis is scheduled for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno TONIGHT. He’ll appear on the Jimmy Kimmel Show Tuesday, January 8 and on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Thursday January 10.
I expect that the Carrie Underwood Late Show with David Letterman appearance that was canceled when the strike began will be re-scheduled soon.
Blake will have to cross picket lines to appear on Tonight and Jimmy Kimmel. Leno, Kimmel and Conan, employees of NBC, are back at work without their writers. Letterman owns his show and managed to strike an independent deal with the WGA. He’s back with his writers, the blessing of the WGA and no picket lines. The deal also covers the Late Late Show, which Letterman also produces through his production company, World Wide Pants.
Have you been following the WGA strike? If you have, what do you think? I’ve been following it obsessively. It’s like a soap opera. I can’t get enough WGA strike coverage! The best web site for strike news, by far, is Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood. Nikki has sources in both the writers and producers camps, and the comments section is filled with insider opinions. Good stuff.