As the actors’ strike continues on, most television shows and movies will not be able to resume without them. But late-night and daytime talk shows could return after the resolution of the writers’ strike, potentially bringing relief to one corner of the industry.
There were no immediate announcements of shows returning to air.
But the end of the writers’ strike could relieve pressure on talk show hosts, some of whom were hotly criticized in recent weeks after announcing plans to return before the strikes were resolved.
“The Drew Barrymore Show,” “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” “Real Time With Bill Maher” and “The Talk” were among the shows to roll back previously announced plans to start broadcasting new episodes on Monday, responding to a fierce backlash online and pickets outside studios.
Some shows, including “The View,” have continued to air new episodes filmed without its unionized writers. Though the same was possible at other shows, many network hosts have opted to stay off the air, reluctant to be seen as not supporting the strikes.
It has been a complicated time to be a talk-show host. Five big late-night names — Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and John Oliver — have started a podcast, with proceeds going to their striking staff members.