After a much lauded return to his fiery brand of behind-the-desk commentary on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, it looks as if Jon Stewart will finally bring his razor-sharp political wit back to TV in the fall.
HBO Program Director Casey Bloys confirmed the forthcoming date and further expanded on the show’s unique format in a recent press conference during a recent Television Critics Association (TCA) gathering.
Last November, HBO announced Stewart had signed a four-year deal with the premium network for “short digital content” animated by cloud graphics company OTOY inc.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bloys would not confirm an official premiere date, opting instead for possibly September or October of this year.
“He is establishing an animation studio. He wants to get material out on a daily basis. The idea is that it’s an animated parody of a cable news network in an Onion-like portal,” said Bloys. “It will be his voice, in his actual voice, and his tone.”
Per last year’s news, these shorts will arrive on HBO GO and NOW throughout the day.
In addition to the animated shorts, Bloys Stewart’s program will feature a companion written component as well. Once this and the shorts take off, fans can expect a half-hour traditional show on the network.
Revisit our list on the seven times we needed Stewart’s insight the most and why Paste’s politics editor Shane Ryan predicted that we wouldn’t survive the election without Stewart’s bull-shit blasting prowess.