Apple TV + signs Jon Stewart for the new 2021 series

Jon Stewart comes back on TV. The former presenter of The Daily Show has signed a multi-year contract with Apple TV + to host a new, as yet unnamed series on current affairs, the iPhone maker said on Tuesday (local time) in the United States. Stewart will cover a single subject drawn from American conversations and his legal work in hours of episodes. Apple will also publish an accompanying podcast. Several seasons of Stewart’s new series have been ordered and are due to premiere sometime in 2021.

The Hollywood Reporter first launched the news of Stewart’s Apple TV + deal, noting that the new current affairs series is part of a first-look deal that Stewart’s Busboy Productions has signed with Apple. Stewart had previously taken a look at HBO. Apple TV + soon confirmed parts of the announcement – the multi-year order and what the series would be about. Stewart’s new current affairs series won’t have a weekly release cycle, let alone a nightly one like the one on The Daily Show, added THR. There’s no word on how many episodes there will be per season.

Stewart won 20 Emmys (including 10 in a row for the Outstanding Variety Series) during his 16-year run on The Daily Show, and his correspondents (Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Samantha Bee and Hasan Minhaj) have a successful political satire show . Stewart left The Daily Show in 2015, and as such, went missing on television throughout Donald Trump’s tenure as President. In his absence, Oliver’s Last Week Tonight has won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series for five consecutive years.

Hence, it will no doubt be interesting to see what Stewart does in his second innings. Since leaving The Daily Show, Stewart has stayed away from television and devoted himself to his legal work, which includes the fight for 9/11 first responders – Stewart helped pass the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Act – and wounded veterans the US armed forces through organizations such as Warrior Games and United Service Organizations.

The executive producers of the new Apple TV + series include Stewart, Stewart’s longtime manager James Dixon and former HBO boss Richard Plepler through his EDEN Productions. Plepler also has an overall production contract with Apple TV +. The search for a showrunner for Stewart’s new current affairs series is now underway, THR said.


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