Leno, Conan return to NBC late night

Taking a page from Johnny Carson’s playbook in 1988 during the last writer’s strike, NBC announced Monday that Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien will return to work with new episodes of their respective late-night shows on January 2, in lieu of writers.

Meanwhile, Letterman’s production company (Worldwide Pants) is negotiating with its writers to return The Late Show with David Letterman back on the air as soon as possible.