(CNN) – From the “Daily Show” to “Law and Order” to “Saturday Night Live”, the presidential campaign in many ways has been intertwined with the world of entertainment television.
But Stephen Colbert’s failed bid to make the ballot isn’t the only reason you won’t see anything new, at least for a while. Production is halted on the late night talk shows, variety shows, and prime time programs until the Writers’ Guild of America strike is settled.
Ironically, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama appeared on what may have been the last show produced before the walkout, when he appeared in a sketch on “Saturday Night Live”. Just 36 hours after his surprise cameo, Obama issued a statement of support for the striking television writers.
Obama said, “"I stand with the writers. The Guild's demand is a test of whether corporate media corporations are going to give writers a fair share of the wealth their work creates or continue concentrating profits in the hands of their executives. I urge the producers to work with the writers so that everyone can get back to work."
- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk