After nearly six months, The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike commonly known as the Hollywood writer’s strike is officially over.
At the beginning of May 2023 WGA, went on strike and in mid-July, the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists or SAG-AFTRA joined the strike against the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and changes to the streaming model.
The WGA came to an agreement that they have called “exceptional”. In a statement on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, the Writer’s Guild said that they have reached a tentative three-year agreement with “meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership”.
While this is good news for many writers with most talk shows being able to resume almost immediately, most TV and film productions can’t resume just yet as the actors’ strike is still underway. The strike has already affected production and release schedules for the coming months.
Late-night and HBO talk shows that are set to return just days after an agreement has been reached are as follows:
- Real Time With Bill Maher will return tonight, 29 September
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will return on Sunday, 1 October
- Late Night With Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will return on Monday, 2 October
- The Daily Show will return on 16 October and continue to rotate hosts after South African host, Trevor Noah left the show at the end of last year.
TV shows and movies that have been halted due to the strike and are due for release this year will be announced once the SAG-AFTRA reach an agreement too.
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