The late night talk shows, such as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, are already airing reruns because of the writers’ strike. The Washington Post has reported that the Leno show gave 70-100 of the staff their two week notice that they will be without employment as of November 19th if the strike continues.
Since no talks between the Guild and the producers are scheduled, more layoffs seem inevitable.
Now that the strike is a reality, the TV networks are implementing their contingency programming, including more reality shows. CBS is ready to bring out the winter version of Big Brother, a summer reality show winner.
Plan on many more unscripted shows like reality and game shows along with the anticipated airing of reruns if the strike continues for any length of time.