Letterman and majeure clause shake up writers' strike

The plot thickens for the writers' strike, now in its seventh week, as networks consider cancelling costly production deals, and late-night shows make plans to return to the air.

The plot thickens for the writers' strike, now in its seventh week, as networks consider cancelling costly production deals, and late-night shows make plans to return to the air.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a “force majeure” clause in many production deals goes into effect six weeks into a labor action, enabling studios to cancel deals. Certain studios may jump at the chance to cancel deals with writers-producers and showrunners that weren't yielding hit shows.

The Late Show with David Letterman, including various other talk shows, plan to return to the air without writers the first week of January. However, Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants may set the stage for a break in the strike. According to The New York Times, Letterman is pursuing a deal with WGA that would allow for his show to return to air with content from his writers.

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