‘The Daily Show’ and Other Late-Night Programs Set Return Dates After Writers Strike

Late Night Shows announce return dates after the WGA Strike. (Credit: Comedy Central, CBS, NBC, ABC)

With the WGA strike officially over and writers getting back to work, The Daily Show, The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night will all soon return.

After five months off the air, The Daily Show will be back with new episodes on Monday, Oct. 16, at 11 p.m. ET/PT, according to an announcement on the show’s official X/Twitter account Wednesday.

The Comedy Central staple will continue to use rotating guest hosts — as it did before the strike — following the departure of host Trevor Noah in December. A permanent replacement is expected to be announced in 2024, according to media reports.

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Previous guest hosts included Leslie Jones, Wanda Sykes, Chelsea Handler, Al Franken, D.L. Hughley, John Leguizamo, Hasan Minhaj, Kal Penn, Sarah Silverman, and Marlon Wayans.

Daily Show correspondents Roy Wood Jr., Jordan Klepper, and Desi Lydic also got a shot in the hosting chair. Fellow correspondent Dulcé Sloan was set to host the first week of May when the WGA strike began.

Late-night fans can get their fix of comedy on Monday, Oct. 2, when Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers return to the air. HBO’s John Oliver will be back with Last Week Tonight on Sunday, Oct. 1, the five hosts said Wednesday in a joint statement.

Meantime, HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher will return on Sept. 29, Maher announced on social media.

“My writers and Real Time are back! See you Friday Night!” Maher posted on X/Twitter.

The comedian sparked anger among WGA members earlier this month when he announced plans to bring the show back without writers.

Real Time is coming back, unfortunately, sans writers or writing. It has been five months, and it is time to bring people back to work. The writers have important issues that I sympathize with, and hope they are addressed to their satisfaction, but they are not the only people with issues, problems, and concerns,” he wrote in a lengthy social media post on Sept. 13.

The WGA fired back with a statement saying, “It is difficult to imagine how Real Time With Bill Maher can go forward without a violation of WGA strike rules taking place. WGA will be picketing this show.”

Following the backlash, Maher reversed his decision to bring the show back during the strike.