Just when we thought Jon Stewart was hanging up his show biz boots for the farm life, he decides to come crawling back to TV.
No, better than that. Jon Stewart is coming to HBO.
The announcement was made yesterday and details a four-year deal that will see the former Daily Show host produce short-form digital content showcased on HBO Now, HBO Go and other platforms. Said content “will view current events through his unique prism,” and, by our estimation, could include anything from Vines to more substantive segments like those of HBO’s Last Week Tonight host John Oliver.
“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the Daily Show,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in a release yesterday. In the more than 16 years since the Daily Show‘s launch, it has won 23 Emmys and two Peabody Awards, and Stewart has gone on to host the Oscars twice, as well as the Grammys.
Stewart’s first HBO gig was back in 1996, a stand-up special called Jon Stewart: Unleavened. He also appeared on the network as host of the George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy special and Mr. Show With Bob and David, and had a recurring role on The Larry Sanders Show.
We’l keep you posted should the particulars of this short-form digital content surface.