Late-Night TV Awakens, With And Without Writers

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NEW YORK On the PR front in the writers’ strike, the return of late-night talk shows last week was a clear win for the writers. Most of the returning hosts voiced strong support for the strike, now entering its tenth week. But industry analysts agreed it would take more than negative publicity to persuade networks and studios to return to the bargaining table.

Of all the hosts, David Letterman was the most direct in assailing broadcasters’ continued unwillingness to negotiate with writers.

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