Two Jimmies, one Seth, one Stephen, and one John have set their return to late-night TV following the end of the writers' strike.
Jimmy Fallon (The Tonight Show), Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), Seth Meyers (Late Night), and Stephen Colbert (The Late Show) announced that their respective programs will return Monday, Oct. 2. The update came courtesy of a joint statement shared via the social media of Strike Force Five, the podcast they launched to support their out-of-work staffers amid the strike. Their fellow cohost John Oliver (Last Week Tonight), too, has charted a return to cable TV for Sunday, Oct. 1.
"Of course, in a greater sense, the Strike Force 5 will never end, because Strike Force 5 is not a place, Strike Force 5 is not a people, Strike Force 5 is barely a podcast… nay, Strike Force 5 is an idea, an idea that five men could talk on top of each other for 12 episodes, and maybe somebody would listen," the statement read. "As we say goodbye, we would like to thank all those somebodies. Truly, you were the heroes. We were mostly the heroes, but you were there too."
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After 148 days, the Writers Guild of America reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, putting an end to the second-longest strike in the union's history on Wednesday. (The 1988 strike lasted 153 days.) The WGA shared the 96-page memorandum of agreement on its website, and also a brief summary of the most important provisions.
Meanwhile, the SAG-AFTRA strike featuring actors and other media professionals, which began two months after the WGA strike in July, continues until the union is offered a fair deal by the AMPTP. Deadline recently reported that it's only a matter of days until the two parties meet following the WGA's success, but a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson noted, "We have no confirmed dates scheduled and there will not be meetings with the AMPTP this week. When we do have dates confirmed, we will inform our members. No one should rely on speculation."
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