By Kate Ward
Updated February 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM EST
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After taking an abrupt hiatus last week, The Colbert Report will be returning this week with new episodes, EW has confirmed with Comedy Central. Last Wednesday, audience members who had planned to attend a new taping of the show were surprised with an email informing them that the taping was canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances.” The network later announced no new episodes would be filmed for the remainder of the week.

Comedy Central is keeping mum about why The Colbert Report went dark last week, but reports had claimed that the series suspended production because host Stephen Colbert’s 91-year-old mother was ailing. (The host himself is keeping quiet as well, but tweeted Friday, “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern.” Guests scheduled to appear on The Colbert Report this week are Ann Patchett (Feb. 20), Robert Kagan (Feb. 21), Nancy Pelosi (Feb. 22), and Placido Domingo (Feb. 23).

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