The Writer's Guild Strike has been going for eight weeks and a day. I don't want to go over all the details, but from what I understand, I'm with the writers here.
Writing is what makes movies and television shows. The greatest actors in the world will stink if given a horrible script.
Everyone uses writers. Jay Leno and David Letterman use writers. John Stewart and Stephen Colbert do as well.
And honestly, I think writers get overlooked way too much.
Which is what the strike is all about, I guess. America notices when there aren't new episodes of House and Law and Order. Obviously the big corporations are loath to part with more of their money, but if writers want a bigger piece of the DVD-sales pie (as well as the online-media pie), then I think NBC and the others are going to have to give in eventually.
Heck, as much as America loves reality T.V., we can only take so much Amazing Race and Big Brother 8.
Apparently Letterman and others will be broadcasting new episodes this week. Dave worked out some agreement with his writers, but Leno will be flying solo. Should be interesting. I might even have to watch a couple shows. Ugh.
Why do guys like Letterman and Leno have their jobs? If they don't write their own stuff, it must be because of their delivery or something, right? But even that isn't very impressive. I don't get it.
Scott Pierce, entertainment writer for The Deseret Morning News, wrote about the effects of the strike today.
JUST A COUPLE of weeks ago, I wrote with confidence that because "The Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" both rely almost entirely on scripted material ... there's no way for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to return to work until the strike is over.We'll have to see.
So, yes, I was rather surprised when Comedy Central announced that both shows will return — without writing staffs — on Monday, Jan. 7.
You can sort of see how Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel can do it. They'll do lots of interviews.
But while both Stewart and Colbert do interview segments, neither show is about that. And, thus, they can't possibly be the same shows when they return next week.
I write that with confidence ...