Stewart’s deal with Comedy Central included an opportunity to develop other shows for the network via his Busboy Productions. Most have been, at their essence, Daily Show spinoffs: The Colbert Report, Important Things With Demetri Martin, the forthcoming Minority Report With Larry Wilmore. But in 2006, the company (and executive producer Stewart) produced a pilot called Three Strikes. Written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck (alums of Larry Sanders and several other series), it was set in the world of minor-league baseball. Yet Comedy Central passed on the pilot, and attempts to place it at other networks were unsuccessful, though it ultimately made its way online.
Sportsfan / The Naturalized
Busboy has had greater success as a producer of documentaries, with two TV docs to date executive-produced by Stewart — and reflecting his interests. He’s known for his sports fandom (particularly via the ongoing frustration provided by his beloved Mets), and in 2006, SpikeTV aired Sportsfan, director Aaron Lubarsky’s chronicle of one season with the Minnesota Vikings, as experienced by a group of their diehards. And in 2010, History aired The Naturalized, also by Lubarsky, concerning the quest for citizenship as seen through the eyes of several would-be immigrants. In other words, it’s a serious movie about an important issue — so maybe Rosewater wasn’t such a stretch after all.