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Carson Daly to become first late night show to defy strike

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NEW YORK - NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly" is about to become the first late-night talk show to defy the writers strike and resume production.

Daly, who is not a member of the Writers Guild, will begin taping new episodes of his Burbank-based show this week for airing next week, an NBC spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

The half-hour "Last Call" airs at 1:35 a.m. EST weeknights, but whether Daly's first new episode would air next Monday or Tuesday was initially unclear. No guests were disclosed.

A call for comment to the Writers Guild was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Daly is not the first talk-show host to go back into production. Ellen DeGeneres, who is a member of the union, has continued taping her daytime syndicated talk show after shutting down the first day of the strike. But "Last Call" becomes the first to break ranks among the late-night shows, which all had chosen to air repeats rather than tape new shows without their striking writers.

It was unclear what effect, if any, the return of "Last Call" would have on other late-night talk shows, which include NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Comedy Central's late-night news-and-commentary spoofs, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" with Stephen Colbert, have also been in reruns.

There was no immediate word on when any of those shows might follow suit and return with new episodes.

On Monday, contract talks with the studios resumed for the first time since movie and TV writers went on strike Nov. 5. The Writers Guild is seeking more money for material distributed over the Internet and cell phones.


does anyone actually watch Carson?
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With the episodes I've seen I never got the impression that show was written.
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I didn't know his show was still on the air!
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So Carson will be unscripted? Ad-libbing? No cue cards? I find that all but impossible to believe. It will be interesting to see who will defy the picket lines to appear on this show.
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SNL routine with Jimmy Fallon:

"Hi, I'm Carson Daly and I'm a complete tool."
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Word has it that both sides are moving in the direction of an agreement. Hopefully it will be over soon anyway.
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Other than the writers, has this strike had any impact on any of you? I've noticed no difference in my life. None.
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Well, other than hating the fact that the two shows I watch weekly only have two more episodes, not really. I am a bit obsessed with one (duh), so that bums me out. (Debra Monk was supposed to make an appearance and I don't think she will be now.) It has been interesting to watch the events unfold, though. I feel bad for people who are directly effected and out of work.
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Actually, running a shop that builds costumes and props for television, theatre and film, the strike has pretty much closed down my business! I am screwed on both counts!
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If the quality of Carson Daly's opening monologue is any indicator, he'd be better off with no writers at all. The man should not even try to be funny.
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I don't think the guy should be on television period! His show is unwatchable! I know he is just drooling for the spot Conan will be leaving next year. I am sure he ain't gonna get it though!
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Well the strike has sure affecting me -- life without The Daily Show has been bleak-- very, very bleak.
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