late night talk-show solidarity just got a little less solid, as late late night host and former “VJ” Carson Daly’s show will become the first to “cross the line” and resume production of new shows. From the AP story:
Carson Daly About to Defy Writers Strike
By FRAZIER MOORE
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” is about to become the first late-night talk show to defy the writers strike and resume production.
Daly, who is not a member of the Writers Guild, will begin taping new episodes of his Burbank-based show this week for airing next week, an NBC spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.
The half-hour “Last Call” airs at 1:35 a.m. EST weeknights, but whether Daly’s first new episode would air next Monday or Tuesday was initially unclear. No guests were disclosed.
A call for comment to the Writers Guild was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Daly is not the first talk-show host to go back into production. Ellen DeGeneres, who is a member of the union, has continued taping her daytime syndicated talk show after shutting down the first day of the strike. But “Last Call” becomes the first to break ranks among the late-night shows, which all had chosen to air repeats rather than tape new shows without their striking writers.
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