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‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘Late Night’ Returning January 2

NBC has announced that after two months of repeats, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien will resume broadcasting new episodes beginning on Wednesday, January 2, 2008.

Rud Ludwin, Executive Vice President of Late Night & Primetime Series released the following about the announcement:

“During the 1988 writers strike, Johnny Carson reluctantly returned to ‘The Tonight Show’ without his writers after two months. Both Jay and Conan have supported their writers during the first two months of this WGA strike and will continue to support them. However, there are hundreds of people who will be able to return to work as a result of Jay’s and Conan’s decision.”

The full press release follows below.

NBC’S ‘THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN’ TO RETURN TO THE AIR WITH NEW SHOWS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2

BURBANK, Calif. – December 17, 2007 – After two months of repeats, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” will resume broadcasting all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2008 (11:35 p.m., 12:35 a.m., respectively).

The late night shows suspended production due to the strike by the Writers Guild of America on November 5 and have aired repeats since.

“During the 1988 writers strike, Johnny Carson reluctantly returned to ‘The Tonight Show’ without his writers after two months. Both Jay and Conan have supported their writers during the first two months of this WGA strike and will continue to support them. However, there are hundreds of people who will be able to return to work as a result of Jay’s and Conan’s decision,” said Rick Ludwin, Executive Vice President, Late Night & Primetime Series.

Guest lineups for the shows will be announced at a later date.

“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” is from Big Dog Productions in association with Universal Media Studios. Debbie Vickers is the executive producer.

“Late Night with Conan O’Brien” is from Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video. Lorne Michaels and Jeff Ross are the executive producers.

Source: NBC

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