Is Your Favorite Show Affected By The Writer's Strike? 3 Hit Series Go On Halt And Only 1 Talk Show Continues To Air

Zinger Key Points
  • Talk show hosts and series creators express solidarity for writers as their shows come to a full stop.
  • Fox News’ "Gutfeld!" will be the only late-night talk show to continue running.

It's bad news across the board for major entertainment studios and distribution companies, as 11,500 TV and film writers from the Writers Guild of America announced a strike that has now brought the industry to a halt.

Yet it's not only investors and studio executives who should be concerned about the walkout.

As Hollywood writers fight for better working conditions in an environment that's putting their job descriptions at existential risk, audiences can expect some of their favorite shows to fade out into a blank screen.

Late-night talk shows will be the first to go dark. According to Variety, these shows will immediately halt production as writers leave their laptops and hop onto the picket lines.

  • ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live”: ABC is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Co. DIS
  • CBS' “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”: CBS is owned by Paramount Global Inc. PARA
  • Comedy Central's “The Daily Show”: Comedy Central is also owned by Paramount.
  • NBC's “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Mayers.” NBC is owned by Comcast Corporation CMCSA.
  • HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “This Week Tonight with John Oliver.” HBO is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. WBD

Fox News' “Gutfeld!” will remain on the air as it employs no writers from the WGA. Fox News is owned by Fox Corp. FOXA.

"I support them all the way, they gotta have a fair contract," said Jimmy Fallon in an interview Monday night. Fallon, also a member of the Writers Guild, said he'd agree to go dark as a show of solidarity for the writers' demands.

"I support collective bargaining," said Stephen Colbert on Monday to the Hollywood Reporter. "This nation owes so much to unions. They're the reason we have weekends, and by extension, why we have TGI Fridays. So the next time you enjoy a whiskey-glazed blaze burger, you thank a union," he joked.

Seth Meyers said strong writing is essential to his show. "It's essential to any show where the host, like myself, is at best a C+ performer. I really gotta have the jokes," Meyers said.

Disrupting Pre-Production: Several hit shows are currently in the writing stages for upcoming seasons and are likely to become affected by the strike.

Fans of HBO's “Game Of Thrones” spinoff show “House Of The Dragon” can breathe a sigh of relief, as all the scripts for its season 2 have already been turned in, according to Variety.

Writers of Emmy-winning “Abbott Elementary” were slated to reconvene in the writer's room on Tuesday to begin working on season 3. The process was paused and this ultimately could affect the number of episodes the upcoming season could have, according to one of the show's writers.

"Pencils down in the Cobra Kai writers room," said on Twitter “Cobra Kai's” co-creator Jon Hurwitz. "These aren’t fun times, but it’s unfortunately necessary. The moment a fair deal is in place, we’ll get back to kicking ass," said the writer/director.

Ashley Lyle, co-creator of Emmy-nominated “Yellowjackets” tweeted that writing for its season 2 was also halted by the strike.

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