It was back in February that we found out that Jon Stewart would be stepping down as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
One of the top wishlist choices to replace him before Trevor Noah was given the job, was former correspondent John Oliver, but he of course had already left for a solid new gig at HBO, Last Week Tonight. But in an interesting turn of events, Stewart will actually be joining Oliver at HBO. It’s being reported that Stewart has signed an exclusive four-year production deal with the network.
The first project that Stewart will be involved in at HBO is a short-form digital content project to be showcased on HBO NOW, HBO GO, and other platforms. The deal also includes a first-look option for future film and television projects that might come up down the road, with any additional projects being announced as they are confirmed.
Here’s a description of the first thing Stewart will be working on:
In his first project for HBO under the new deal, Stewart will view current events through his unique prism. Working with the pioneering cloud graphics company OTOY Inc., he is developing new technology that will allow him to produce timely short-form digital content, which will be refreshed on HBO NOW multiple times throughout the day.
President of HBO programming Michael Lombardo made the announcement, saying:
“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the “˜Daily Show.’ He graced our network nearly 20 years ago, so we’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.”
With Stewart adding:
“I’m so excited to be working with Richard [Plepler], Michael and the entire HBO family. Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me. I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”
The previous times Stewart worked with HBO include the stand-up comedy special Jon Stewart: Unleavened, hosting the special George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy, an appearance on Mr. Show with Bob and David, and a recurring role on The Larry Sanders Show.
No word yet on when we can expect to see the first new project from Stewart debut.