Late-night talk shows were the first programs to be affected by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, immediately going into repeats on the first day of picketing. Several networks discussed going ahead without the writers and letting the hosts wing it on their own, but so far, none have stepped forward to cross the picket line and resume their tapings.
That's all about to change this week. Carson Daly will begin taping new episodes of NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly, according to the Associated Press. It's unclear if the decision came directly from Daly or from pressure from the network. The new shows will air next week.
Unlike other talk-show hosts, such as The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, Daly is not a member of the WGA. Although talk has circulated over the past few weeks about other late-night talk-show hosts returning to work, no one else has stepped up and decided to sit back in the iconic chair.
On the daytime talk-show circuit, Ellen DeGeneres drew some ire from writers when she resumed work on The Ellen DeGeneres Show shortly after the strike began. DeGeneres is a member of the WGA.
Daly signed a two-year extension with his show in early August. Last Call with Carson Daly airs weeknights at 1:35 a.m.
For more on the writers strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.