Apple TV+ has scooped up a brand new current-affairs series which will put former Emmy-winning writer, producer and host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart back in the anchor’s chair.
According to Hollywood Reporter, this is an expansive, multiyear deal, with the still-untitled show set to run for multiple seasons on Apple TV+. The show will feature hour-long, single-subject episodes and there should be a companion podcast as well. Stewart’s also inked a first-look deal for other projects to be developed and produced for Apple TV+.
For Apple, nabbing Stewart’s ‘Daily Show; follow-up is a major coup. In his nearly two decades as host of the Comedy Central series, he earned 20 Emmys — including 10 consecutive outstanding variety series wins — and almost single-handedly redefined political satire in American culture.
The show will explore current topics that are at the center of both the national conversation, as well as Stewart’s own advocacy work. As the show’s executive producer, Stewart will be joined by ex-HBO chief Richard Plepler, who via his EDEN Productions also “has a rich deal at Apple.”
John Oliver’s excellent talk show on HBO Max is a nice replacement for “The Daily Show,” but there’s no doubt that signing Jon Stewart is a major win and a great addition for Apple TV+
Image: Jon Stewart in 2015, photo courtesy of Anthony Turner, Montclair Film Festival