The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are back tonight with new episodes (minus the writing staffs).

“We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence.” — Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

What is it going to look like? We’ve got no idea, but the Chicago Tribune has hope.

Guild rules will surely result in a different “Daily Show” and “Colbert” than their fans are used to. But as viewers try to predict what the necessary changes will be, it’s worth remembering that Colbert is an improv whiz who, script or no script, seems to channel his “Stephen Colbert” alter ego from some parallel world inspired by Bill O’Reilly. Stewart is witty and fast on his feet, befitting his background as a standup comic.