Comedy Central has confirmed that its latenite talk shows The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are returning to air original episodes on January 7, two months after taking a break due to the WGA strike.
The news comes after NBC’s Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien and CBS’s Letterman and Ferguson announced similar returns.
All shows, including the Comedy Central ones, will make due without writers unless they can get waivers from the guild to allow scribes to return to work.
“We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence,” Stewart and Colbert said in a joint statement issued Thursday afternoon.
“Comedy Central forcing Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert back on the air will not give the viewers the quality shows they’ve come to expect,” the WGAW said. “The only way to get the writing staffs back on the job is for the AMPTP companies to come back to the table prepared to negotiate a fair deal with the Writers Guild.”