An exciting comeback of late-night TV shows is near as soon as Writers’ Strike ends.
Late-night television shows are gearing up to make their return to the screen as the writers’ strike is near its end.
It is expected to conclude with the ratification of a new agreement between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers ( AMPTP.)
While SAG-AFTRA actors remain on strike, late-night shows are set to produce new episodes, though actor appearances are expected to be limited due to strike-related restrictions.
Details of the new WGA released in the letter say that deals are currently limited, but the organization has praised it as “exceptional.”
The letter highlights the collective power and solidarity of the membership as instrumental in achieving meaningful gains and protections for writers across various sectors.
Despite the tentative agreement, the strike has not officially ended, and members are reminded not to return to work until authorized by the Guild.
Protesting has been suspended for now and members are encouraged to join SAG-AFTRA protest lines.
The WGA will provide further updates as contract language is finalized and union processes are completed, offering a promising outlook for the resolution of the strike and the return of late-night shows to full production.
Here is the whole letter below
“What we have won in this contract – most particularly, everything we have gained since May 2nd – is due to the willingness of this membership to exercise its power, to demonstrate its solidarity, to walk side-by-side, to endure the pain and uncertainty of the past 146 days. It is the leverage generated by your strike, in concert with the extraordinary support of our union siblings, that finally brought the companies back to the table to make a deal. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”
To be clear, no one is to return to work until specifically authorized to by the Guild. We are still on strike until then. But we are, as of today, suspending WGA picketing. Instead, if you are able, we encourage you to join the SAG-AFTRA picket lines this week. Finally, we appreciated your patience as you waited for news from us — and had to fend off rumors — during the last few days of the negotiation. Please wait for further information from the Guild. We will have more to share with you in the coming days, as we finalize the contract language and go through our unions’ processes.”
Although the strike has yet to officially end, the suspension of WGA protesting and ongoing negotiations provide hope for a swift resolution. It is signalling the return of late-night shows to full production.