1/02/2008

NY Times on Late Night Shows Returning

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11 comments:

joseph said...

I support the WGA's right to go out on strike, however I hope the writers of the Late Show and the Late Late Show realize that there are other things in the world affecting their audience. Pick at the AMPTP, but try to remember the middle class Americans that can't go on strike are suffering through poor wage increases, huge gas price spikes, and everything else we all hear and feel. I hope that the Late Show is not an hour and a half of bashing the "evil media conglomerates" for the next 3 months solid.

Geo Rule said...

I DVR'ed "Late Night" tonight. . . I did one of those "out the nose" moments over Dave calling the strike sign girls "The Eugene V. Debs!".

Ahahahaha.

Caitlin said...

Personally, I want them to talk about the strike and absolutely nothing else. All night, every night. Keep telling people that when the AMPTP comes back to the table to negotiate a deal, they'll talk about something else. But keep bringing in A-list stars, every ratings-grabbing gimmick they can think of. Keep people coming back, desperately wanting to hear about, something, anything else. And make sure they know whose fault it is that that won't happen.

rubberpoultry said...

Letterman is to be commended for what he has done. I will be tuning in to watch him and only him until the strike is over. He was great tonight, and really paid tribute to the strike all throughout the show. I have a ton of respect for the man!

-Rubberpoultry

reasonable said...

Dave rules.

Becca said...

Letterman and his writers rock! I could only watch the first 30 minutes but it was awesome. And I agree with Caitlin that they should talk about the strike every single night and engage the A-list celebs into talking about it too.

On the other hand, Bob Saget (a Guild member) should have some disciplinary taken against him for crossing his own Guild's picket line to be on O'Brien's show. Pitiful, disgraceful, weak.

littlehorn said...

"Pick at the AMPTP, but try to remember the middle class Americans that can't go on strike are suffering through poor wage increases, huge gas price spikes, and everything else we all hear and feel. I hope that the Late Show is not an hour and a half of bashing the "evil media conglomerates" for the next 3 months solid."

So i guess instead of adressing why there are such shitty conditions for middle class Americans, and thus attacking those conglomerates who lobby the government into getting more money for themselves and less for everybody else, we should just forget about it and listen to casual jokes about the French ?
I'm sure it's going to work.

Corey said...

It's good to see that this is getting some press coverage. I'm interested to hear about Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel and how they handled it as well. They aren't the Big 2 (or 3 if you count Conan), but still, it would be nice to see what happened on their respective shows.

Dave said...

As I predicted, the writers love all the strike stuff on Letterman. However, I recorded and watched both shows, and (purely my opinion of course) to me Leno was just a better show. He had high energy, his strike stuff was funnier than Letterman's (that top 10 was awful, and so was the diatribe by Scheft), and his guests were entertaining.
Robin Williams was his usual funny self, but interviewing the assistant producer and showing pics of her kids? Are they the ones without writers?
I know it was just first night back, but if Letterman continues to be strike coverage every show they will lose average viewers. Dole out the barbs in moderation and remember that most folks are tuning in to be entertained, not educated and/or preached to.

Miss Devylish said...

"I know it was just first night back, but if Letterman continues to be strike coverage every show they will lose average viewers. Dole out the barbs in moderation and remember that most folks are tuning in to be entertained, not educated and/or preached to."

Unfortunately, entertainers actually want to entertain. I'm sure they'd rather talk about something else. So what if people stop watching? It's not like there's anything else on, is there? People will come back when it's resolved. The masses have short memories. They have to keep driving the point home because it's clear the networks are just waiting for them to lose steam and give up and I personally hope they hold out for as long as it takes to get them what's fair.

Fire Captain said...

I have been a union member for nearly 16 years. Apparently UNION does not mean the same thing to the writers. How is it that the writers can reach a separate agreement with David Letterman. This does not show unity for a union. In a union all memebrs of the union should adhere to UNION RULES or not adhere to them at all. Do not slam Jay Leno or even Mike Huckabee for basically doing the same thing that David Letterman's crew is doing.