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HOLLYWOOD, California (Variety) -- "The Late Show With David Letterman" returns from a weeklong production hiatus this week with a new lineup of guest hosts as Letterman continues to recuperate from a case of shingles.

The roster of substitute hosts includes Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vaughn, Elvis Costello and Will Ferrell, with another host to be announced for Friday's show.

A statement from Letterman's doctor issued on Friday said the CBS late-night funnyman continues to improve, but more rest is needed for a full recovery.

Letterman, 55, was sidelined for three days last month by an eye infection brought on by a case of shingles, a viral infection related to chickenpox.

Actor Bruce Willis filled in for Letterman the first day, followed by guest-hosting stints from tennis legend John McEnroe and Regis Philbin from the morning show "Live! With Regis and Kelly."

No new shows were taped last week as the program went into its previously scheduled production break.

Letterman's absence last month was his first since his recovery from open-heart surgery in early 2000, when he missed several weeks of shows. Before then, Letterman had never missed an appearance in his more than 20 years of late-night television.

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