Actress Goldie Hawn has the comedy “Snatched” set to hit theaters, and as the Hollywood publicity-go-round traditionally works she’s booked onto “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday to chat about the film, working with costar Amy Schumer, and whatever else she and Jimmy get around to discussing.
Comedian and actor Chris Rock is booked on Fallon’s show the following night, presumably to chat about his first stand-up tour in nearly a decade, but the joke may be on viewers who tune in at 11:35 p.m. and find a repeat of an already aired episode in place of new jokes and banter by Rock and Fallon.
That’s the scenario that looms over Hollywood and everyone who watches television or movies if the Writers Guild of America, which represents those who write for TV and film, can’t reach a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the studios, and the scribes go out on strike for the first time in a decade. The current agreement expires Monday, May 1.
“Get ready to watch re-runs,” says Barry Blaustein, a Chapman University professor in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, and a Writers Guild member since 1980 when he got his first steady gig as a writer on “Saturday Night…