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No deal for Letterman and his writers

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 23rd 2007 10:53AM
David LettermanAccording to AOL, talks between David Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants and the WGA have fallen through. Letterman tried to create an independent deal with the writers not involving the network so his late night talk show could return with a writing staff (unlike other late night shows which will be returning without one).

Without a deal in place, the odds of The Late Show with David Letterman returning to the air by their goal of January 2nd is in doubt. This could be a major problem for Letterman considering that his major competitor, Jay Leno, returns to late night on January 2nd.

I don't see this turn of events as catastrophic for Dave, since he's always been very good at improvisation. This situation could be the true test of those abilities. Improvising when the guest makes a funny remark is one thing. Improvising a whole show is another.Admittedly, I don't know all the details but I was pulling for Dave on this one. Since he represents an independent production company and not a studio, he seemed more like the little guy than the big guy. It is my belief that whether a deal is in place or not, Letterman will return to the air in January.

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Will -

You're absolutely right. The AOL article is from two days ago when Burnett met with the WGA, and in no way does it suggest the deal "fell through." That's a pretty big conclusion to leap to, Brad...were you a long jumper in high school?

December 23 2007 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Letterman reruns are better than new Leno shows any (and every) day of the week.

December 23 2007 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would just tell the writers to screw off.

December 23 2007 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to Oreo's comment

It's a little disingenuous to say that the deal "fell through."

Rob Burnett, the go-to guy at Worldwide Pants, said, "We had a substantive discussion today with the WGA and look forward to continuing these talks next week." A deal can't fall through 'til it's actually been made.

December 23 2007 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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