Jon Stewart is coming back to the world of TV news.
The former “Daily Show” host, 57, has landed a deal with Apple TV+ and has already signed on to make multiple seasons, according to Variety. Each one-hour episode will explore a single topic relating to current events and an accompanying podcast.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same format that Stewart protégé John Oliver uses on his Emmy-winning HBO show “Last Week Tonight.” It was also the same format another Stewart protégé Hasan Minhaj used in his recently axed Netflix show “Patriot Act.”
During his 16-year tenure on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” from 1999 to 2015, Stewart won a whopping 22 Emmys and established a new way that Americans engaged with news during the Bush and Obama years. The satirical news show proved to be a star-maker, launching the likes of Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Samantha Bee, Ed Helms, Larry Wilmore and Rob Riggle, among others.
Since leaving in 2015 and handing “The Daily Show” reins to Trevor Noah, Stewart has kept a low profile, emerging for the occasional appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and making a few films (such as this year’s “Irresistible,” which saw a tepid reception).
His Apple TV+ series does not yet have an announced name or premiere date.