TV’s late-night hosts plan to return to regular production as of Monday, October 2, ending a months-long pause in a national routine caused by Hollywood labor troubles.
Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel intend to restart their programs on that date, with HBO’s John Oliver poised to offer a new broadcast of “Last Week Tonight” on HBO on Sunday October 1. The five hosts revealed their intentions via a social-media post on Wednesday, following an announcement by Bill Maher that he intended to offer a new broadcast of “Real Time” on HBO this Friday.
Some late-night plans remain unknown. Comedy Central, which had been relying on a series of guest hosts for its “Daily Show,” has yet to unveil a plan to relaunch that series. CBS is expected to announce a new entry to replace James Corden’s “Late Late Show” at 12:30 a.m.
Some of the hosts have appeared eager to get back to their wee-hours antics. The five aforementioned late-night personalities have been producing a regular podcast, “Strike Force Five,” part of a bid to be able to weigh in on current events as well as generate ad revenue that might help pay their out-of-work staffs. Jimmy Fallon has been spotted on social media making segments about cooking, for example. NBC’s listings for repeats of its “Late Night with Seth Meyers” often include a nod to the writers behind segments of each rebroadcast.