Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Daytime Dark Like Nighttime As WGA Strike Silences Everything But Non-Signatory Shows and Scabs


The Writers Guild has now completely shut down Hollywood.

All the major daytime and nighttime talk show are in reruns continuing tomorrow, the beginning of the 2023-24 season.

Only Tamron Hall and Sherri Shepherd are not signed to the WGA so they will continue. Bill Maher will work with scabs, which is not a good look for HBO.

“The View” and “Live with Kelly and Mark” will continue without writers.

Everything else — since May — is in repeats.

Of course, the fear is, viewers won’t return when the strikes are over. But they will. It’s just time for the studios to settle the strikes and move forward.

All of Hollywood is now “dark.” No prime time, either. Who’s also suffering? The music and record biz. The artists have few outlets now for promotion. Sales are down because of it. Although tiktok and social media play a part in it now, there’s no better way to introduce a record than on one of these talk shows.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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