The writers’ strike is on and late-night talk shows and primetime comedies may be the first to suffer.
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Saturday Night Live” are scheduled to go off-air. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” will go dark, as well.
Many shows, like the “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Back to You,” are expected to go into repeats.
Daytime’s soap operas have enough scripts to last for the next few months, but if the strike continues past that, production will come to a halt.
The Writers Guild of America has gone on strike to demand residuals for shows and movies streamed to the Internet and to cellphones. Writers are also demanding payments from home video sales. But producers have balked at those requests, insisting that it’s too early to set payments for online shows because technology is constantly changing.
Protests are expected all over Los Angeles and New York today.