Those looking to see more righteous indignation on television can prepare to be satisfied since Jon Stewart is making his official return. He’ll be serving as executive producer and star of what’s being billed as a “current affairs series” for Apple TV Plus, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The hourlong series is a project of Stewart’s Busboy Productions and will also bring in his manager James Dixon and former HBO CEO Richard Pepler as executive producers. A first-look deal for other Apple projects is also part of the deal.
Stewart hosted The Daily Show on Comedy Central from 1999 through 2005. The biting talk series first become an Emmy player in 2001 when it won a writing trophy and picked up its inaugural nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. It won that top prize ten years in a row, from 2003 through 2012, returning again to win the award for Stewart’s swan song in 2015.
Stewart made his feature directorial debut in 2014 with the film Rosewater, about a journalist detained and tortured in Iran. Since turning over his TV hosting duties to Trevor Noah, Stewart has continued to remain politically active. His second effort as director was Irresistible, a scathing comedy about liberal and conservative rivals fighting over an election in a small town, which debuted this past June. He has been an outspoken advocate for funding for victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks, testifying on behalf of first responders.
As we await more details on Stewart’s new project, I highly recommend this formidable clip of his appearance on CNN’s Crossfire in 2004 that I was shown in journalism classes during college and which many credit as the reason that the show was subsequently cancelled: