US talk show The Talk (!) is set to return to screens in the US in the middle of the WGA strike.
The show reportedly has one WGA writing position, which won’t be filled during the strike, and hosts will be ad-libbing.
It follows The Drew Barrymore Show returning but without promoting struck work. Despite this it has been subjected to picket lines and came under fire for throwing out two audience members who supported the strike (the show has since apologised).
The @DrewBarrymoreTV Show is a WGA covered, struck show that is planning to return without its writers. The Guild has, and will continue to, picket struck shows that are in production during the strike. Any writing on “The Drew Barrymore Show” is in violation of WGA strike rules.
— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) September 10, 2023
The Talk is hosted by Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, Natalie Morales and Sheryl Underwood but it isn’t clear if all will return.
WGA members are also picketing outside CBS.
The Jennifer Hudson Show is also resuming. While chat shows are allowed to continue under the SAG-AFTRA strike rules (talent may not promote struck shows) some shows employ WGA union writers.
The Talk screens in Australia on 10.
Update: Real Time with Bill Maher will also return.
Real Time is coming back, unfortunately, sans writers or writing. It has been five months, and it is time to bring people back to work. The writers have important issues that I sympathize with, and hope they are addressed to their satisfaction, but they are not the only people…
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 14, 2023