Apple TV+ inks deal with former ‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart

As part of an expansive, multiyear deal with Apple, Jon Stewart, the former writer, producer and host of The Daily Show, is set to front an all-new current affairs series for the streaming service.

Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart

Lacey Rose for The Hollywood Reporter:

The show, which will run for multiple seasons, puts Stewart back in the anchor’s chair as he explores a host of topics at the center of both the national conversation and his own advocacy work.

The still-untitled show, which will feature hourlong, single-subject episodes, will be executive produced by Stewart through his company Busboy Productions. In his role as EP, he’ll be joined by his longtime manager James Dixon and former HBO chief Richard Plepler, who via his EDEN Productions also has a rich deal at Apple. A showrunner for the forthcoming series, for which Apple is expected to offer a companion podcast, has yet to be named…

Until recently, he had had a long-term production deal at HBO, where he had a first-look deal and was quietly prepping a timely, animated shortform series, which he and HBO ultimately pulled the plug on for technical reasons. While sources say HBO made a play for Stewart’s latest on-air foray, the latter ultimately landed at Apple, where it’s expected to begin rolling out next year.

MacDailyNews Take: HBO’s loss is Apple TV+’s gain as this will drive more eyeballs (and subscribers) to Apple’s fledgling streaming service.

25 Comments

  1. Hard pass on this show. If Fox News personifies divisive hard right rhetoric Jon Stewart and his minions are the corrosive counterbalance. They are the original fake news show. They normalized treating serious news like comedy. They do not retract even their most egregious and consequential mistakes.

    I think Americans underestimate the divisiveness, partisanship and political bigotry which Jon Stewart has furthered, getting a laugh at our expense.

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