'Tonight' books first guest since strike



NBC has confirmed at least one guest for "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" when it returns Wednesday night with its first new episode since the writers strike started.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is set to appear in the first original "Tonight Show" installment since the writers walked out Nov. 5.

The former Arkansas governor's camp is expected to make the announcement this week ahead of Wednesday's taping.

The networks' late-night shows have remained mostly mum about the guests that will be featured when they return from reruns Wednesday as they have been struggling with A-list guests worried about whether appearing on the shows would break solidarity with the WGA.

One exception is CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman," which has already announced that it will feature Donald Trump and musical guest Shooter Jennings on Wednesday.

Paul J. Gough reported from New York; Kimberly Nordyke reported from Los Angeles.