HBO’s show “Real Time with Bill Maher” is set to continue its schedule amidst an ongoing writer’s strike.
Driving the news: Bill Maher has announced that his show will be returning without any writers or writing.
* Maher expressed sympathy for the writer’s grievances but noted that it’s important to also prioritize those suffering below-the-line during this period.
* The Writer’s Guild of America reacted negatively to the news, calling Maher’s plan “disappointing” and intimating that it would be difficult to proceed without violating strike rules.
Understanding the strike: Hollywood screenwriters have been accosting for increased pay, better residual deals, and protections from artificial intelligence since May.
* Actor’s union SAG-AFTRA is also participating in the strike for similar labor issues with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Maher’s stance: Maher had previously disapproved the WGA’s demands, labeling them as “kooky” and criticizing the idea that writers are “owed a living”.
The big picture: Despite the strike, other talk shows like “Sherri Shepherd” and “Jennifer Hudson” are scheduled to release new episodes soon, following which Drew Barrymore also intends to make a comeback on television.
* Late-night talk show hosts, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Seth Meyers have risen through the ranks by creating their podcast, “Strike Force Five”, which primarily serves to support their shows’ staff during the strike.
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