Jon Stewart returns to the news world with a news series from Apple, Variety confirmed.
The show is part of a multi-year first look deal the former “Daily Show” host signed with the streamer through his production company, Busboy Productions. Apple has ordered several seasons of the new show right out of the door. The hour-long series will explore a single topic with each episode, with each topic being part of current national events as well as Stewart’s advocacy work. Each season will be accompanied by a companion podcast.
In addition to hospitality, Stewart will produce executive products through his Busboy Productions. Former HBO boss Richard Plepler will also be an executive producer through his EDEN productions, which has a global production agreement with Apple. Stewart’s longtime manager James Dixon will also serve as executive producer.
Stewart broke new ground with his comedic political commentary as the host of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central, a role he held for over 16 years. The show received 56 Emmy nominations during that time, earning 20. Its 10 straight wins for Best Variety Series represent the longest streak in the category in Emmy history. “The Daily Show” also received two Peabody Awards during his tenure.
Stewart paved the way for a number of current stars in the political comedy world, including John Oliver, Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert, all of whom were featured on “The Daily Show.” He’s also the latest former late-night host to venture into a new series with a streaming service, joining the ranks of those like Chelsea Handler and David Letterman.
Stewart has also branched out into writing and directing feature films in recent years, with his first film, “Rosewater,” bowing in 2014. He recently wrote and directed the comedy “Irresistible” with Steve Carell and Rose Byrne, which came out earlier this year. His advocacy work on behalf of 9/11 first responders also garnered considerable praise, with Stewart also working groups like the USO and Warrior Games to provide assistance to injured veterans.
This is not the first time that Stewart has planned a return to the news world since leaving “The Daily Show”. It was previously under a deal at HBO under which he planned to create a short-form, topical animated series among other projects, although this was ultimately scrapped.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news of Stewart’s deal.