I know the other side. "People are out of work" but we know what it's really about: "The networks are putting pressure on the hosts."
I suppose it starts with Letterman - the fact that the WGA is making a deal with him and his company, which they can do fair and square, didn't put pressure on the other late night networks to make deals...
...it put the networks in the position to put pressure on their hosts to get back to work.
Yes, only Letterman will have writers.
But Jon Stewart's mind isn't going to simply shut off because he doesn't have writers. This is a funny, brilliant comedian who can think and write on his feet... and now will, in the midst of the strike.
Yes, only Letterman will have the good guests. Because the "A" listers aren't going to want to cross a strike line.
But if Viacom and GE can force their hosts back to their hosts chairs, don't you think they're going to do the same to the rest of the talent in their stables? Or anyone else who wants to be on TV? Fox is about to create a whole pack of new psuedo stars, just as NBC with celebrity apprentice.
Here comes the "B" team.
The problem here is that these shows are the crown jewels of their networks, whether you like them or not. Leno and Conan are the faces of NBC. Letterman, that of CBS. Kimmel, ABC. Carson Daly, the face of... shit, I don't know.
NBC is already advertising "ALL NEW!" You think America is going to give a crap that there are no writers? You think the hosts are going to intentionally suck to prove the point that they need those writers? It's going to be business as usual, but at a much lower standard.
I don't have an answer. I'm just tossing it out there for discussion. This feels like rank-breaking, no matter how it spins. It's the beginning of something... but of what, I don't know.