Noah returns to the studio for the first time since the pandemic began amid a changed late-night landscape. "When Trevor Noah takes to a new stage Monday evening and re-starts Comedy Central’s The Daily Show after a hiatus, he may look around and wonder where some of his competitors have gone," says Variety's Brian Steinberg. "In recent months, WarnerMedia decided to end its long-running Conan late-night program on TBS with Conan O’Brien. NBC and the late-night host Lilly Singh, a digital entertainment influencer who had launched a new show on the network in the wee hours of the morning, decided to part ways. Both Noah and ABC rival Jimmy Kimmel are coming back on the air after taking the entire summer off — a practice that would have been unheard of in the days of David Letterman and Jay Leno. Noah resurfaces this evening in a new Times Square studio that is housed in the midtown headquarters of Comedy Central’s corporate owner ViacomCBS (it may be part of the same venue that also hosts the retooled CBS Mornings morning-news program; Comedy Central declined to make executives available to discuss changes at the show, which previously held forth in a studio on Manhattan’s west side). Comedy Central expects the program to feature some of the more intimate moments Noah featured when he did the program from his apartment under pandemic conditions, even as the new environment gives him access to a lively part of New York City."