Strike already taking toll on shows


The Writers Guild of America strike isn't even a day old yet, and television schedules have already changed.

As predicted, the first programs to be affected are late-night talk shows, which typically tape five nights a week with shows airing the same day. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Last Call with Carson Daly are all currently scheduled to opt for repeats rather than go ahead without their scribes, according to the Associated Press.

CBS said its two late-night offerings, Letterman and Ferguson, will be repeating through the end of the week, but will almost certainly extend that date as it deems necessary. The fate of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, which could try to go ahead with Kimmel winging it, was still up in the air as of this afternoon.

ABC also revised the premiere date of one of its new shows. Cashmere Mafia, starring Lucy Liu, will no longer debut on November 27 as originally planned. Instead, the drama's release date has been given the nebulous "to be announced" stamp.

NBC's Heroes is preparing for the worst. According to, the superhero drama is reshooting the final episode of the season's first half--also known as Volume One or "Generations."

Originally scheduled for multiple volumes, the second season of the drama may be halved, and the reshooting of the December 3 episode is designed to wrap things up transforming the episode into a potential season finale rather than a midseason cliffhanger. The strike was allegedly also the cause of the indefinite postponement of the Heroes: Origins spin-off.

In a strange bit of irony, it isn't the lack of writers' words that cut production of one show short, but rather writers' words. Noise and disruptions from the strike brought shooting of Cane to a halt in Los Angeles, says The Hollywood Reporter.

An upcoming episode of the CBS drama was being filmed at a café near the network's lot, but "about 20 writers chanted, screamed, and used a bullhorn" close enough to the action that the cameras were forced to be turned off. According to the Reporter, "After the shoot was stopped, writers cheered and rejoined picketers around the corner at the studio."

For more on the writers strike, check out's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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