David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants production company has been working on a separate deal with the WGA to get "Late Show With David Letterman" back on the air with new shows, however, as of last week no deal yet. The late-night funnyman’s representatives met with WGA last Friday in an attempt to strike a deal outside of the WGA-AMPTP negotiations, but so far all the WGA would say about the meeting was a “lively exchange of information took place…A frank exchange of views."
Said Rob Burnett, Worldwide Pants CEO: "We had a substantive discussion today with the WGA and look forward to continuing these talks [this] week."
Absent a deal, the CBS show’s goal of returning to the air with live episodes on 1/2 is still completely uncertain.
Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel are all coming back that night without writers if the strike, as expected, is not resolved. Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert plan to bring their late-night shows back without writers 1/7 (see related story).