Daly Defies Writers' Strike

'Last Call' host is first late-night star to resume production
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 3:48 AM CST
Striking writers carry live sized photos of legendary actors, Marlon Brando, left, and James Dean Monday, Nov 26, 2007, to express their support to members of the Writers Guild of America. NBC's "Last...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – NBC late-night talk show host Carson Daly will defy striking writers by becoming the first to resume taping new episodes since the union action pushed the network night programs into re-runs. Daly's decision comes after NBC threatened to lay off all non-writing staff, reports E! News. There's no sign that Jay Leno, David Letterman or Conan O'Brien will follow suit.

Talks between the Writers Guild of America and producers resumed Tuesday. Meanwhile, "Late Show" writers have launched a group blog as a creative outlet for the staff. "This was a good chance for these guys to communicate the message of the strike and also show how funny they are," said one of the writers.