After Jon Stewart’s departure from The Daily Show, details about his four-year production deal with HBO were still unclear. When speaking at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, HBO programming president Casey Bloys talked about the new project Stewart is working on for the network.
“He is establishing an animated studio,” Bloys explained. “He wants to get material out on a daily basis. The idea is that it’s an animated parody of a cable news network in an Onion-like portal. It will be his voice, in his actual voice, and his tone.” Stewart will release video and written content across HBO’s digital platforms, as well as a half-hour show for the premium cable channel. Having an animation studio will allow Stewart “to comment in real time with what’s happening during the day’s news events.” We could be seeing Stewart’s new project as early as September or October, but possibly in the fall.
Stewart recently reunited with former Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert on The Late Show for commentary about the Republican and Democratic national conventions.