No Deal for Letterman


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No deal for Letterman and TV writers
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 12/21/2007 02:05:20 PM PST

David Letterman doesn't even need writers to have fun with this one. The late-night comic's representatives met with striking writers on Friday in an attempt to reach a deal that will allow the "Late Show" to return to the air with its writing staff.
All the Writers Guild of America would say about the meeting: "A lively exchange of information took place." It was reminiscent of diplomat-speak for argumentative talks between hostile countries: "A frank exchange of views."

Absent a deal, the CBS show's goal of returning to the air with live episodes on Jan. 2 is still up in the air.

Late-night rivals Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel are all coming back that night without writers if the strike, as expected, is not resolved. Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert plan to bring their late-night shows back without writers on Jan. 7.

Letterman's hope to bring his writers back stemmed from the union's announcement last weekend that it was open to reaching contract agreements with separate production companies. Letterman's Worldwide Pants owns his show and CBS' talk show with Craig Ferguson.

Rob Burnett, president and CEO of Worldwide Pants, didn't say much more.

"We had a substantive discussion today with the WGA and look forward to continuing these talks next week," Burnett said.

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Of course the deal didn't go through. The strike is over DVD and online residuals, and Letterman's company doesn't control those rights, CBS does.
Jesus Fucking Christ. Talk about a misleading article.

They are still fucking talking next week. Everyone in Hollywood knows this. NBC and ABC are shitting bricks that if Letterman gets this they are fucked. Look at the Golden Globes and The Oscars, they didn't get WGA waivers there was a definitive answer, there is no definitive answer here. Everyone is wondering if SAG members will cross the picket lines. There will be WGA picket lines at NBC in NYC and Burbank so everyone is wondering who will cross those lines, especially if Letterman gets a waiver. Every actor would go on his show and Conan and Leno will be forced to use non SAG member comedians and bands only.