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Talks Fail to End Hollywood Strike Feud

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Nov 01, 2007 | 4:47am EDT

Hit TV shows The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will be among the 'worst hit' by the imminent Hollywood screenwriter strikes.

The popular talk shows are facing severe disruption after talks to end the strike by the writers’ union broke down on Tuesday. Negotiations took place at the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers offices in Los Angeles on Tuesday--but had to be abandoned when no agreement could be reached.

While production of shows including Heroes and Grey's Anatomy look less likely to be affected, late-night topical comedy programs face a harsher fate.

Writers in Los Angeles are threatening to take action over the terms of a new three-year contract, the current agreement having run out on Oct. 31.

‘Heroes’ Spin-Off on Hold

Plans to launch a spin-off show of hit NBC series Heroes have been shelved because of planned strikes by scriptwriters.

It was hoped that Heroes: Origins would feature 30 episodes and be ready for transmission next year--but the looming strike by the Writers Guild of America means the project has been put on hold for the time being.

Moviehole.net reports, "NBC Entertainment co-chairs Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff didn't want to move forward given the uncertainties of a possible WGA work stoppage.

"But insiders cautioned that Heroes: Origins isn't completely dead and could very well be revived at a later date, perhaps as soon as next season."

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