Somber ‘Daily Show’ to return tonight

Latenight program's political coverage on hold

In today’s headlines — Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” goes back on the air tonight. In repeats since Sept. 10, tonight’s show will be a more solemn affair.

While other latenight programs have already returned to the airwaves, “The Daily Show” finds itself in a tricky situation because of its reputation for news parody.

Host Jon Stewart is expected to express his feelings about last week’s terrorist attacks and to show past segments “to point out why ‘The Daily Show’ is something we all need,” channel’s spokesman Tony Fox said. No guest is skedded for tonight’s episode.

“The entire show is all anxious to get back on the air and to a normal semblance of things,” Fox said.

What is certain is that the political coverage that made the show famous will be on hold for a while.

“Clearly things won’t be the way they were before,” Fox said. “To take any shots at the commander in chief would be inappropriate. The government will have to return to normal business, but whether that will be fodder in the future still remains to be seen.”

Additionally, this past week’s reruns have been screened for unsuitable content.

With political humor its stock in trade, “The Daily Show” has never dealt in tragedy. Show bowed in 1996 with then host Craig Kilborn, a full year after the bombing in Oklahoma City.

Tonight’s new episode runs at 11.

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