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The WGA strikers outside where Kimmel and Leno were taping
January 2nd, 2008 under Jimmy Kimmel, WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

Kimmel Leno strikers

So I figured I would drive by where Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno tape to see what the striking situation was and share with you what I saw.
As you can see by the first part of the video, no one was striking outside Jimmy Kimmel’s on Hollywood Blvd at 4:30p pst. Which is a good thing because you know I don’t like when anyone mess with Kimmel. (Secret, I almost tried to see if I could get in to today’s taping but I was too lazy to go in to the lot and see if Guillermo was actually working it and would let me get away with not paying the $10 fee to park.)
Then after Kimmel’s I drove over to where Jay Leno tapes in Burbank and as you can see that is a whole different situation at 4:45p. The second part, I think is actually Ellen Degeneres’ entrance and the third part is Jay Leno’s. Because it was 4:45p all the guests were inside, so you couldn’t see what that was like. On normal taping days there is normally a line of people waiting to get in that is larger than all the people that were out there striking.
Yes I know it is not that exciting and the video is way too fast and wobbly, but seriously it is hard to drive and film at the same time.

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The boys of Late Night are back tonight!!
January 2nd, 2008 under Jimmy Kimmel, Talk Shows, WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

(photo from JimmyKimmel.net)
Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, David Letterman and Craig Ferguson are all joining Carson Daly and returning to TV for the first time since the WGA strike began two months ago.
Kimmel, Leno and O'Brien are returning without their writers and are rumored to have the disadvantage of booking guests because stars will not cross the line to appear on their show. I can tell you there are many great musical acts, sports stars, Presidential candidates, comedians and reality stars who will be willing to fill the slots and sometimes they make much better guests! The writers have said they will be picketing outside Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel's studios in protest of them returning. I understand what the writers are trying to say, but these guys are returning to help their non-writing staff and not because they want to.
So when it comes to supporting the talk show hosts, I am supporting Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Carson Daly only! So good luck to you guys, I know you need it!
And BTW Jimmy Kimmel is back….Yahoo!!!
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David Letterman and Craig Ferguson will also be back on Wednesday!
December 28th, 2007 under Talk Shows, WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

(photo © CBS)
David Letterman and Craig Ferguson will be joining Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and did I mention Jimmy Kimmel by returning to the late night airwaves on Wednesday. But unlike the others and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (who return on the 7th) and Spike Feresten (on the 12th) both shows will be returning with their writers after reaching an agreement with The WGA according Variety.
I am glad that all of late night is coming back together!!! And as you guys know I am over the moon to have a new episode of Jimmy Kimmel on the 2nd!!!
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The Daily Show and The Cobert Report will be back on 1/7
December 20th, 2007 under Comedy Central, WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

Comedy Central announced today that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report will join 4 of the 6 late night talk show hosts and return to TV on January 7th according to AP. Both shows will not be coming back with any writers, so it will be interesting to see how they will do because they more scripted than the late night shows. I think both guys will be able to handle it for the interim. 
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert released this statement about returning:
"We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers, we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence."
I know that they don't want to go back, but there are a lot of people that will be so happy to have them back on the air on the 7th.
UPDATE: Here is the WGA's respone to them returning:
"Comedy Central forcing Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert back on the air will not give the viewers the quality shows they've come to expect. The only way to get the writing staffs back on the job is for the AMPTP companies to come back to the table prepared to negotiate a fair deal with the Writers Guild."
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The WGA risking this years’ Oscars and the Golden Globes
December 18th, 2007 under Oscars, WGA Strike. [ Comments: 1 ]

The WGA has opted not to give writing waivers to this year's Oscars and Golden Globes according to the WGA.
In letters to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, WGAW President Patric M. Verrone described the Guild’s respect and admiration for both organizations, explaining that:

“Writers are engaged in a crucial struggle to achieve a collective bargaining agreement that will protect their compensation and intellectual property rights now and in the future. We must do everything we can to bring our negotiations to a swift and fair conclusion for the benefit of writers and all those who are being harmed by the companies’ failure to engage in serious negotiations.”

The signatories producing the Golden Globes and the Oscars are West Coast signatories. The WGAW’s Board of Directors concluded, reluctantly, that granting exceptions for the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards would not advance that goal.

While I support the writers I think there are some things that above the strike and these two awards shows are two of them. These shows are not about the writers but honoring Hollywood for the work they accomplished over the year and the fans. The fans are the ones that are getting screwed by this waiver and with the loss of their shows and now their awards shows how long do you think they will support the writers? Do you think middle-America understands why they are losing their shows and now their awards shows?
Not only is it the fans that are affected by this decision, but so are all the people that depend on these awards shows like the designers, jewelers and hair dressers to name a few. These are people who will suffer financially because of this decision.
Seriously what have the Hollywood Foreign Press and AMPAS done but honor you and your work and this is the thanks you give them. Think back to when you were a kid and you wanted to be giving that acceptance speech for  your script, well that chance might be taken away from another writer. Not only that what about that kid who will miss out from having that dream because the GG and Oscars did not go on as is. Who exactly is The WGA hurting by not granting the waivers? Seems like a lot more people than the studio and network heads.
I understand that The WGA is trying to make a point and screw the studios (which they will) but they are screwing us too and so many others.  I really hope they reconsider that this strike is not only about them and they grant the waivers.
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