Just in time to skewer the New Hampshire Primary, America's fake-news stalwarts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are returning to the air tonight. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will be new for the first time since the writers' strike began in November.
But how will they do it without writers? Colbert and Stewart, themselves both members of the striking Writers Guild of America, are barred from writing anything — and, after Jay Leno was smacked down by the union after writing a monologue last week, the two of them will probably be extra-cautious. Comedy Central hasn't confirmed Colbert's guests yet (though Andrew Sullivan, former editor of The New Republic, says it's him), while Stewart is planning to interview Ronald Seeber, a conflict resolution specialist. Heh.
No matter what else happens, I'm guessing this is going to be one wacky hour of television; as of yesterday, a Comedy Central spokesman was saying Stewart and Colbert were still figuring out what to do on their shows. Will you be watching as these two return to the air? Or are you staying away in support of the strike?
Photos courtesy of Comedy Central