Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien courtesy NBC Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien courtesy NBC

This just in from NBC:

"After two months of repeats, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien will resume broadcasting all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008. The late-night shows suspended production due to the strike by the Writers Guild of America on Nov. 5 and have aired repeats since.

"During the 1988 writers' strike, Johnny Carson reluctantly returned to The Tonight Show without his writers after two months," notes Rick Ludwin, executive vice president, late night and primetime series. "Both Jay and Conan have supported their writers during the first two months of this WGA strike and will continue to support them. However, there are hundreds of people who will be able to return to work as a result of Jay's and Conan's decision."

Acknowledging that he will have to serve up a modified, unscripted version of his talker, Conan says in a statement, "Of course, my show will not be as good. In fact, in moments it may very well be terrible." As such, he says, "My sincerest hope is that all of my writers are back soon, working under a contract that provides them everything they deserve."

Related:
" NBC's Writer-less Late-night Hosts Face Big Challenges

More coverage in our Strike Watch blog:
" SAG Backs WGA, Saying, "It's Time for the AMPTP to Return to the Table"
" AMPTP's Open Letter Calls WGA's Tactics "Unreasonable" and "Impractical"
" Ausiello's chart: How many episodes are left of your favorite shows?