NBC’s “Last Call” has become the first late-night show to return to the air with fresh episodes since the Hollywood writers’ strike began.
Host Carson Daly says he was faced with what amounted to an ultimatum from the network: Either come back or 75 members of his staff and crew were going to be laid off.
He also cracked that “we ran out of repeats.”
Production on Daly’s Burbank, California-based talk show, which tapes several days ahead, resumed last Wednesday, with the Writers
Guild expressing “profound disappointment.”
Daly is the only late-night host who isn’t a member of the Guild.
Talks aimed at settling the strike are set to resume today. Last week, the studio alliance made a new proposal regarding compensation for work shown on the Internet, a central issue in negotiations.