That’s five and a half years ago Jon Stewart left The Daily Show, which ended a time that saw him rise, in the eyes of some fans, to the level of lesser god in the world of political comedy. In the intervening years, Stewart has tried a number of new vocations: Film director, recurring Sent show prophet, cattle wrangler. But we always knew he would probably be back one day to the comforting chest of the television from which he jumped, and now we know when that day will be. Kind of anyway. (It will be sometime in the fall.)
This is pr. apple, who today announced that Stewart’s new series, The problem with Jon Stewart, will arrive on streaming television this fall, bringing Stewart back to a world of comedy and commentary that he and his disciples helped shape. It’s not for nothing that The problemDescribed as “a series with several seasons, an hour series, with one number” – sounds a lot like the previous shows Daily show correspondents who John Oliver, Hasan Minajand Wyatt Cenac have all hosted in recent years, diving deep into topics that deserve more than the time given to a glib monologue joke. (Meanwhile, it’s not clear if the “single-issue” descriptor means Stewart tackles a single issue per episode or per season, but no matter what, the intent to mix journalism and comedy in a familiar package is, of course, there. .)
Apple signed a first-look deal with Stewart last year after a previous deal with HBO failed to produce a number of promised projects, including an animated series and a few stand-up specials. Apple, of course, is tapping into Stewart’s continued appeal, but there’s a clear question here: Is that love still active? The Trump era, in which Stewart mostly sat out, was very harsh on the idea that political satire in itself had the ability to bring about change in the real world – once a core part of Daily show appeal. Is Stewart’s special and once potent mix of sharp comedy, moral anger, and intentional absurdity still in demand? We will probably find some time in the fall, when The problem with Jon Stewart arrives.
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