The late night hosts of such shows as Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien are gearing up to return to the airwaves soon. According to Variety, this won't be happening until after Thanksgiving, though.
There is talk amongst studio executives to bring the shows back as early as next month. December 3rd and December 10th are two dates that are being thrown around. The problem with locking down a date is that no one wants to be the first to go back. Most of Hollywood is bracing itself for a prolonged work stoppage. This is forcing producers to talk about returning, writers in tow or not.
All of the late night shows have been off-line since November 5th. Since no one wants to be the first to go back, networks are trying to work on a deal where two of them would go back at the same time. The main concern is the impact that this will have on non-WGA staff members. NBC is only going to pay its non-working television crews until November 16th.