December 21, 2007 / Posted by: Michael K
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart will go back to work on January 7, 2008 without writers. Without writers?! I'm scared to watch.
Jon Stewart's opening monologue will have to be completely made up on the spot. He can not write anything in advance. Colbert and Jon Stewart are both members of the Writers Guild.
One TV executive told the Hollywood Reporter , "We're in very uncharted waters here. If a host thinks of a joke and then writes it down on a piece of paper, will the WGA consider that writing?"
Colbert's scripted segments will have to be scrapped completely. The network said they are working on a new format. It's expected that the interview portion of their shows will be expanded.
Colbert and Stewart released this joint statement. Joint? GAY LOVERS!
"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."
Leno and O'Brien are also returning to TV in January. Letterman and Craig Ferguson are still dark with no return date announced.
They should start doing the same thing for usually scripted TV. Bring back Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty, but make them improvise everything. Teri Snatcher and Eva LongWHORIA's stupid asses doing improv would make amazing television.
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