Jon Stewart to make short-form daily content for HBO
Jon Stewart is coming back to TV.
The former Daily Show host has made a deal with HBO that returns Stewart to potentially commenting on daily news events.
As part of a new four-year production agreement with the premium network, Stewart will create daily short-form content that will be showcased on the company’s streaming outlets HBO Go and HBO Now, as well as on other venues. The shorts are described as “timely short-form digital content, which will be refreshed on HBO Now multiple times throughout the day” that have Stewart viewing “current events through his unique prism.”
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“Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me,” Stewart said. “I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”
Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming, added: “Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the Daily Show. He graced our network nearly 20 years ago, so we’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.”
The short form content is described as the first of multiple projects that Stewart will be involved in with the network. Earlier this year, Stewart left The Daily Show after hosting the show since 1999. HBO is also the home of another Daily Show refugee, John Oliver, whose weekly series Last Week Tonight similarly comments on current events.