It’s been about a year since Jon Stewart stepped off his news desk, and boy we’ve been missing him ever since. Sure we love us some Trevor Noah, and Stephen Colbert is doing a pretty bang-up job over on The Late Show, but neither of them are Jon Stewart. And we were reminded of that recently when he teamed back up with Colbert to tackle some of the republican and democratic national conventions.
Well here’s the good news: Jon Stewart is finally coming back to TV, and he’s teaming up with HBO of all networks. But there’s a catch — while Stewart is indeed making a comeback, we won’t be seeing his face. Unless it’s animated, that is.
“The show is animation. The idea is it will be an animated parody of a cable news network, with kind of an Onion-like portal,” the HBO president of programming, Casey Bloys, told us over the weekend in Los Angeles during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. “The animation allows him to comment in realtime on what’s happening during the day’s news events.”
That sounds exactly like what we’d want from a guy like Jon Stewart, does it not? It kind of reminds us of the time Ricky Gervais let HBO take his podcast and animate it. It was brilliant because the talk was real, but the animation was allowed to be just a little bit ridiculous. That’s a balance we can get behind when it comes to Stewart.
“The show will be very much Jon’s voice — both his actual voice and his tone,” Bloys continued. “My hope is it will be kind of up and running by September or October. But it’s a big endeavour that he’s taking on, so hopefully by this fall.”
That means Jon Stewart could be back on TV even earlier than we thought. And that his return could even be perfectly timed to the U.S. election race. Truth be told, we can’t think of anyone better to tackle all of the ridiculousness that’s bound to come out of that.
According to Bloys, Stewart and his team are still working out all of the kinks, but the final product will be some sort of mix of video- and text-based content. It won’t be anything high-concept like The Simpsons or Family Guy (those shows take forever to animate), but according to the big boss that’s the best for Stewart to do his thing.
“Animation allows him to respond to things very quickly — it will be more simple animation,” Bloys said.”But in terms of the technical details, I don’t know enough about it to tell you how it will work, but it does allow him to respond fairly quickly to what’s going on in the day’s news.”
Sounds like all we ever wanted.