On the one hand, I have missed them so much and, like it or not, they have become the main source of common sense in the media over the past couple of years. They are our modern versions of Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift.
On the other, I feel awful for the striking writers. If Stewart and Colbert come back strong, then the cry will be “who needs writers?” (On the third hand, I really hope they don’t suck.)
Despite the title of this post, I’m not going to get all judgey judge on them for coming back. It’s more complicated than simply refusing to cross picket lines for them. Much like David Letterman, I’m sure they’re thinking about the rest of their starving staffs…not to mention their own wallets. They don’t own the game ball, like Letterman does, so it’s hard to pick it up and take it home with them if they don’t like the rules.
It would be nice if the idiots at Viacom, et al, would open up their Grinchy hearts a bit, but I’m not holding my breath. Unfortunately for the writers, I think the return of these shows is a huge win for the production companies and a blow to the union.