Jon Stewart is heading back to TV at a time when we need him most: The 2017 general election. HBO CEO Richard Plepler told CNN that he is “hopeful” that new political content from the former Daily Show host could be coming to the network soon. After he left Comedy Central last year, Stewart inked a four-year contract with HBO to create new short-form content for the outlet.
In the Paley Media Council interview with CNN reporter Brian Stelter, Plepler explained,
It is a perfect example of bringing a remarkable original voice into the house, giving a new opportunity of expression to that original voice and saying, ‘We now have the flexibility to let you paint however you want to. My hunch is it will evolve over time. It will iterate over time … He has free reign to do whatever he wants.
It’s only been a few weeks since Trevor Noah took over on The Daily Show, but former host Jon Stewart already has some projects in the works. The long-time Comedy Central personality has just inked a 4-year deal with HBO to create new “short-form digital content,” though few other details were announced. In a statement, Stewart said, “Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me. I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.” The deal also leaves open the possibility of Stewart making new TV and movie projects with the network. Discuss
When Jon Stewart signs off of The Daily Show for the last time after 17 years on Aug. 6, a few of his favorite punchline targets may be there to show him the door. According to Page 6, producers from the Comedy Central show have reached out to several notable conservatives to wish Stewart a not-so-friendly farewell. Though they only confirmed that Donald Trump had received the invite, names like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Donald Rumsfeld and Jim Cramer—all of whom have been frequent targets of the satirical news show—were also mentioned as possibilities. There’s no word yet on who—if any—of the personalities will appear on the show, but if they do, it should make for some pretty entertaining television. Discuss
Starting today, for the next 42 days, you can head over to Comedy Central’s special “Your Month of Zen” website and tune into a marathon of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. As Stewart’s final day as host of the show approaches (Aug. 6), the site is streaming 16 years worth of episodes around the clock. The last two days will be part of the network’s SiriusXM station’s Jon Voyage special, airing some of the most popular clips from his tenure as host. Tune in now to catch a glimpse of what political satire looked like a decade and a half ago ... Discuss
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since Jon Stewart took over as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. In honor of his coming retirement from the late-night show, YouTuber Billy Chasen has created this time-lapse video with a brief clip from every episode from his era as host ... Discuss