Late-Night Talk Shows Triumphantly Return Post-Hollywood Writer’s Strike


The late-night talk arena makes its triumphant return tonight following a five-month hiatus brought about by the Hollywood writers strike, coinciding with the commencement of actors’ negotiations aimed to conclude their extensive work walk-off. “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” which had suspended broadcasts at the strike’s onset, are set to resume on air.

John Oliver, renowned comedian and host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” paved the way by returning to TV screens last night. His debut episode featured an impassioned monologue expressing solidarity with the strike, reflecting on the considerable duress it induced upon the industry.

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Emphasizing the strike’s necessity, Oliver stated, “This strike happened for good reasons. Our industry has seen its workers severely squeezed recently. Writers’ guild fought for their rights, and thanks to a lot of sacrifices, emerged victorious.” He expressed his indignation that it took the studios nearly five months to strike a deal that could have been accomplished on the first day.

The hosts’ comeback later today will host prominent guests, including Neil deGrasse Tyson on Colbert’s show, Arnold Schwarzenegger on Kimmel’s, and Matthew McConaughey joining Fallon.

Striking an optimistic note, all shows are expected to address the strike matter in their monologues. During a recent Instagram clip, a spirited Colbert stated from a bustling Ed Sullivan Theater, “I’ll see you Monday, and every day after that!”

Despite the hiatus, the hosts remained engaged through their collaboration on a podcast, “Strike Force Five.” The Writers Guild of America forged a satisfactory agreement for a three-year contract with major studios, streaming platforms, and production entities.

Both the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers took progressive steps together for the first time since their twin strike on July 14, with their dialogues set to continue on Wednesday.

Despite the progress, the actor’s union’s leadership reminded their fraternity to not take the impending resolution for granted, emphasizing potential gains and compromises from the Writers Guild’s deal.

Guest appearances on late-night shows will continue to be limited or specially approved depending on the status of strikes against their studios. However, it should be noted that some projects, such as McConaughey’s children’s book, may still get promoted. With the return of many productions under interim agreements from SAG-AFTRA, actors are permitted to publicly promote these shows.

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