Letterman will be back with writers
Again a link from Daring Fireball [df].
Thank goodness the late night talk shows will be returning to television early in the New Year. I've been missing my four times a week fix of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Sadly though only David Letterman and Craig Ferguson will be back with writers, since Letterman's production company World Wide Pants has settled with the writers on those two shows. Since the other shows are owned by networks they can't settle in the same way.
I agree with John Grubber from Daring Fireball [df] when writes, "my gut feeling is that Leno’s writer-less shows are going to be awful."
Yeah, though Leno is usually awful anyway so nobody is going to notice. My fear though is that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report might be awful as well. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert as far more naturally funny than Jay Leno but it's important to remember that basically everything they say during their half-an-hour slots is written by a team of comedy writers.