Jon Stewart Is Coming Back to TV (Kind Of)
He'll be creating digital content for HBO
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2015 1:40 PM CST
Jon Stewart has signed a deal to create topical content for HBO. It seems the lure of Trump was too strong for him to stay away.   (AP Photo/Brad Barket, File)

(Newser) – Jon Stewart will be joining his former Daily Show understudy John Oliver at HBO, according to a press release from the premium cable network. “Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on The Daily Show,” HBO executive Michael Lombardo says. “He graced our network nearly 20 years ago [in a stand-up special, Unleavened], so we’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.” Stewart signed a four-year production deal with HBO that will initially have him creating short-form digital content for HBO GO and HBO NOW. “Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me," Stewart says. "I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”

For his first project with HBO, the Verge reports Stewart will be working with a graphics company that did motion-capture work on Spider-Man 3 and The Social Network to produce timely content about current events. But it's uncertain what that content will actually look like. "It's clear Stewart is ready to head back into the fray. Just not every single day," the Verge notes. (Either that, or he wanted to take advantage of HBO's relaxed attitude about nudity.) According to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal also gives HBO first-look at any other projects from Stewart. But more importantly, it puts the former Daily Show host on the same network as Sesame Street, which can only mean the return of everyone's favorite America-hating muppet isn't far off. (Stewart could also have professional wrestling in his future...)