When does The Late Show with Stephen Colbert return?

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will return soon. Following the conclusion of the Writers Guild of America Strike, the CBS late-night TV show is ready to get back on the air.

The WGA accepted a new deal from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and made it official earlier this week. Now, late-night TV writers and the rest of Hollywood’s unionized writers can get back to work.

And that includes The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. CBS announced that the show will return on Monday, October 2 with brand-new episodes.

Colbert had been keeping busy during the hiatus. He recently launched the Strike Force Five podcast with fellow late-night hosts Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver, and Jimmy Kimmel. Proceeds from the podcast went toward funding staff members during the strike.

What to expect from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert when it returns

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert had been on an impressive run leading up to the WGA strike. It remained among the top-rated late-night TV shows, with millions of people turning to Colbert for his take on the news.

Since the show went off the air at the end of April, dozens of major stories broke that would be perfect material for Colbert’s monologues. Now he’ll have to play catch up as he decides how far back to reach when giving his take.

But the good news for Colbert is that these stories continue to develop. His favorite target Donald Trump has trials ahead. The Republican field of presidential candidates continues to make headlines. So expect Colbert to show no rust as he and his team of writers dive headfirst into the headlines.

The Late Show also has to navigate the Screen Actors Guild strike that’s still ongoing. Eligible actors are unlikely to appear on the show so as to not cross the picket line. Look for Colbert to call in authors, political commentators, and politicians to join him for a chat.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert returns Monday, October 2 at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.