As the Writers Guild of America's strike officially reaches its end, thousands of writers are expected to return to work tomorrow, according to the New York Times. Not only that, but millions of viewers around the world are anticipating that the production of their favorite TV shows and movies will be back on track in no time.
The WGA and studios came to a tentative agreement, and three internal board members made the unanimous vote to end the 148-day strike on Wednesday, September 27. Per the terms of their agreement, streaming services will give the writers bonuses, improve their health care benefits, and provide a 76% increase in residual payments for overseas streaming. Not only that, but studios have decided they will share streaming statistics with the writers to ensure that they are given bonuses for shows and movies viewed by 20% of the streaming platform's subscriber base.
No less important is the fact that studios have guaranteed that writers will not be required to use artificial intelligence in the writing process, nor will the tool be used to rewrite their work. In case the company does allow it, writers may use A.I. in their work; however, studios cannot force the decision. Following the news, late night talk shows could return to the screen as early as October, Variety reports. "We want to come back ASAP," said one insider. "I think everybody’s leaning forward, like they’re ready to go," another added. "I would look for them to return on October 2 or October 9. I think that they are going to be very motivated to get their crews working again."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, all of the Strike Force Five hosts will be among the first to get back to business. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS’ Late Show With Stephen Colbert and NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers — are all expected to return on Monday, Oct. 2. HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver will be back a day earlier, on the 1st of the month. Be sure to stay tuned as we find out more about what to expect next, following the end of this historic era in Hollywood!