WGA to Picket The Daily Show, Colbert Report

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The Writers Guild of America will be picketing outside the studios of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report when they return to the air Monday without their writers, the striking union said.

“These pickets will be against the media conglomerates – NBC and Viacom - and not the specific hosts, who we understand were forced to return to the air without their writers who remain on the picket lines,” WGA East spokesman Sherry Goldman said.

The guild will be picketing at:

  • The Daily Show studios at the corner of 51st Street and 11th Avenue from 4 to 6 p.m.;
  • The Colbert Report studios, 513 West 54 Street, between 10th and 11th avenues, from 5 to 7 p.m.;
  • NBC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza on 49th Street from 3 to 5 p.m. (NBC Studios is the location where Late Night With Conan O’Brien tapes).

The WGA, which went on strike Nov. 5 – putting late-night shows off the air -- will be manning lines every day Monday through Thursday this week outside the Stewart and Colbert studios.

“At each location, we will have a ‘smaller’ picket line and also leaflet audience members who will be crossing the line to attend the show,” Goldman said.

Last Friday, Comedy Central declined to say who Stewart and Colbert’s guests will be Monday.

The WGA also plans to stage a large-scale picketing event Wednesday, January 9th. I’ll send you an advisory on that shortly.

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