Following on the heels of the announcement that Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien will be returning to their respective late-night shows on NBC in January 2008, Comedy Central’s top hitters, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will also be returning to their late-night shows starting January 7th, 2008, reports Deadline Hollywood. This leaves David Letterman and Craig Ferguson as members of the late-night cadre still in the cold.
Only David Letterman, whose Worldwide Pants owns both his The Late Show and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, is trying to get back on the air with writers by asking the WGA for an “interim agreement”. On Friday, leaders of the striking writers guild confer with Dave’s production company. My latest info is that WWP’s Rob Burnett is flying to Los Angeles tonight to personally meet with the WGA “because he thought this was too important to just leave up the lawyers,” an insider tells me.
Both Stewart and Colbert will be returning to work on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, respectively, without their WGA writers, who are, of course, still on strike. Luckily for both men, they’re quick on their feet, and while the shows won’t be the same, Stewart at 20% effectiveness (or thereabouts) is still better than 100% of everyone else.