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 Posted: Tue Nov 6th, 2007 02:15 pm
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Hilarious as you would think these guys would be somewhat witty all by themselves for the millions of dollars a year they make. Not the case. Story from the USA Today.
 
By Gary Levin, USA TODAY
 
Comedy is the first casualty of the Hollywood writers' strike.
Late-night satire — a source of news for young audiences — was silenced in Day 1 of the walkout Monday. Felled, at least temporarily: David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Conan O'Brien, among others.


Saturday Night Live also goes into repeats this weekend, and sitcoms filmed before studio audiences will follow soon. Shows such as CBS' Two and a Half Men shut down Monday, stymied as writers refused to participate in the rewrites made during shooting. The show will run out of completed episodes by month's end.
A key sticking point is a demand for royalty payments from the re-use of movies and TV shows online.

"We all know how lucky we are to have the jobs we have. We're not asking for much," said SNL's Seth Meyers, picketing Monday in front of NBC's studios at Rockefeller Center. "(But) you have to change the rules because people are watching TV in a different way."
Said Daily Show writer and correspondent John Oliver: "I can't imagine anyone here would like to be here. We'd all rather be at work."

The shutdown will also limit a big part of the Hollywood publicity machine, as actors will lose a primary outlet to hawk their holiday movies. The last strike, which lasted 22 weeks in 1988, kept Johnny Carson off the air for 10 weeks and saw Letterman's routines rest for four months; each returned with his own ad-libbed material.

The impact on the rest of television will be felt soon. Look for more repeats, movies, reality series and newsmagazines to fill vacant big-network time slots amid worries that viewers will defect to the Internet or cable, which is less affected by the walkout.

"A lot of people stopped watching in the last strike, and some didn't come back," says Simpsons executive producer James L. Brooks.

Dramas and other comedies such as The Office continued to film Monday, though Office star Steve Carell didn't show up for work. But the pace will slow down quickly as the supply of scripts dwindles. Among other network shifts, NBC plans to yank Friday Night Lights and Las Vegas to conserve episodes.

"We've stopped any writing work completely, and the whole thing will be shut down by Friday," said 30 Rock's Tina Fey. But ever the optimist, she hoped for a quick settlement: "I have a fantasy that (California) Gov. (Arnold) Schwarzenegger will swoop into L.A. to settle something somehow."

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I was a little surprised about the late night shows. I assumed that they (Leno, Colbert, Stewart) wrote some of their own material. At least enough to get by on their own for awhile. I guess they are not as talented as they think they are.



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I really think this is ridiculous for the talk shows.  You mean to tell me that these stand-up comedians, who theoretically wrote their own material for years, can't just slap together a 5 minute monologue and then lengthen some of the interviews?  I'm not even asking them to write skits.  That's pathetic.  Amd as far as Leno goes, he tells the same 10 jokes every night for 6 months, just slightly worded, so I don't see how he could run out of material.



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Myers said it best: "We're lucky we have these jobs".



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I'm sure Letterman & O'Brien could continue & write their own material
if they had to. However, they don't want to cross the picket line.
It's more a show of support for their friends.

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Exactly, I read today that Steve Carrell has not showed up for tapings of The Office due to the strike.



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Support my rearend. Time off with pay.

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lobo316 wrote: I'm sure Letterman & O'Brien could continue & write their own material
if they had to. However, they don't want to cross the picket line.
It's more a show of support for their friends.

Ah. Hadn't thought of that.



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brodiescomics wrote: lobo316 wrote: I'm sure Letterman & O'Brien could continue & write their own material
if they had to. However, they don't want to cross the picket line.
It's more a show of support for their friends.

Ah. Hadn't thought of that.

Yeah, plus they don't want to piss these guys off during the strike so they'll get good material when it's over.



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