HBO Finally Announces Jon Stewart’s Official Return


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Several months ago, HBO and Daily Show alum Jon Stewart announced that their planned multi-platform animated series was dead on arrival. But that wasn’t the end of the partnership between the two media giants. In 2015, Stewart signed a four-year overall deal with HBO, and the team will be leaning on their shared history for a pair of new specials—including Stewart’s first stand-up special since HBO’s Jon Stewart: Unleavened in 1996.

On Wednesday afternoon during the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys announced Stewart’s return to stand-up and . . . little else. The date and location of the program have yet to be determined. “I’m really thrilled to be able to return to stand-up on HBO,” Stewart said via statement. ”They’ve always set the standard for great stand-up specials. Plus, I can finally use up the last of the Saddam Hussein jokes left over from my first special.”

Stewart’s second project with HBO is not an entirely new one. The autism benefit Night of Too Many Stars, which has partnered with Stewart’s old network, Comedy Central, since 2006, will move to his new home, HBO, this fall. The star-studded evening will be broadcast live from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, Nov. 18, with “performances, sketches, and short films.” Stewart will serve as the evening’s host, with proceeds going to Robert Smigel’s NEXT for AUTISM, an organization that “supports innovative programs to improve the lives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Neither announced special will be the regularly scheduled Daily Show follow-up that some Stewart fans have been crying out for. But it does mark Stewart’s first project of his own—as opposed to his several surprising on-air guest appearances—since his exit from The Daily Show in 2015. Then again, that position is already ably filled at HBO by Stewart’s old employee John Oliver. Still, as Bloys points out, “We’ve all missed [Stewart’s] uniquely thoughtful brand of humor.” If sporadic appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert aren’t enough to fill the daily-dose-of-Stewart-shaped hole in your heart, perhaps these specials will help.

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Written by variety.com

 


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