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Is Letterman planning on coming back next week?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 29th 2007 2:43PM

Howard SternInteresting news on Howard Stern's SIRIUS radio show this morning (I didn't listen to the show, but I have been listening to the satellite station's holiday music channels!). The King of All Media says that the people over at CBS' Late Show with David Letterman approached him about being the first guest when the show returns with new episodes...on December 3, which is next week! Stern says he thought about it but doesn't really want to go against the writers that are on strike.

Of course, this doesn't mean that Letterman plans to return to the show before the strike is settled (a la Carson Daly). The people over there could have just been lining up possible guests for when the strike is over, or possibly sending out feelers to see what guests would think about going on the show if the strike is still going on. Meanwhile, talks are at a stalemate.

[via TV Tattle]

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Mandy

I don't think the rumors of Letterman returning to work without the writers are true. He's already planned to pay nonwriting staff through the end of the year, so there are no reasons to "go back for the staff" in his case.

I don't know everything the stagehands were asking for, but the concessions they made surprised me. They haven't voted on the contract yet, so it will be interesting to see what percentage of stagehands vote in favor of it.

November 30 2007 at 7:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

Studios are also greedy bitches and frankly I think the Broadway people were insane for going on strike, did you hear what they wanted? It was stupid bullshit.

November 30 2007 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matthew

The Broadway stagehands, because their work was required on a daily basis, IMMEDIATELY shut down the industry. Writers don't have the same leverage. The strike's initial impact was felt greatly in certain areas (late night and the soap operas), in others gradually (prime time) and in film hardly at all so far (due to script stockpiling). But don't worry, the impact will come. Just wait until February when ABC, NBC and CBS have to go into sweeps against American Idol with none of their scripted hits. Wait until advertisers start demanding their money back for new content not delivered. The writers would rather go back to work today, with a fair deal. If you want a resolution, you should start getting angry at the moguls who won't let it happen.

November 29 2007 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
A Viewer

Okay, the Broadway stage hands, who went on their own strik shortly after the writers did, have now reached an agreement and gone back to work. Time for the TV/film industry to do the same. Work out an agreement with the writers and end this. This strike will hurt everyone, especially when a lot of shows (especially the new ones this season) go off the air for long stretches of time and lose their audience. My sympathy for the writers is dwindling by the day.

And Letterman probably won't come back in the near future. Carson Daly's thing could be a disaster in itself.

November 29 2007 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BiasedTruth

"I didn't listen to the show, but I have been listening to the satellite station's holiday music channels!" -Bob

Are you worried that someone might assume that you did listen to the show? There is nothing wrong with being a fan of the Howard Stern show, it's only wrong not to be a fan.

November 29 2007 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tony

Good for Stern! :-)

November 29 2007 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

And Akbar beats me to the punch....

November 29 2007 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

from what I read over at AICN, Letterman's staff has been lining up guests in hopes of the strike being resolved and then canceling the guest when it isn't.

November 29 2007 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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