WGS STRIKE CENTRAL: DAY 5
The latest roundup of late night talk shows that have had to resort to repeats over the loss of writers is growing geometrically. The WGA strike has so far claimed Leno, Letterman. Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Craig Ferguson and Carson Daly. And now celebs that were booked to hawk their own books-and movies-are looking elsewhere to promote their latest projects, according to a story this week from the AP: "Yet with almost the entire slate of TV talk shows off the air, the tables have turned on Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Spacey and Paul Giamatti, who will not be talking up their new movies with Jay Leno this week as planned. Chris Daughtry, Chamillionaire and 50 Cent won’t be pushing their new albums on David Letterman’s show, either…And just like that, celebrities are forced to look elsewhere to promote their latest projects."
Celebs can still look to daytime shows because they are unaffected by the strike. Also not affected are CNN’s "Larry King Live" and entertainment news shows such as "Access Hollywood" and "Entertainment Tonight." Fletcher Foster, senior vice president of marketing for Capitol Records, told the AP their marketing team will "go back to your tried-and-true print press." He also expects that the Internet "will probably be a huge place for us to go."
TVBR/RBR observation: of course, there are a ton of radio host destinations they may go to, as well.