The long-awaited return to TV by Jon Stewart finally has a title, as The Problem with Jon Stewart will launch on Apple TV+ this fall.
The streaming platform announced today that Stewart’s new show, his first since retiring from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show in 2015, will be “a multiple season, one-hour, single-issue series which will explore topics that are currently part of the national conversation and his advocacy work. Each season of the series will be further explored in a companion podcast to continue the discussion.”
Since it was announced last October, Stewart’s new show has begun filling out its staff. From the news side, showrunner Brinda Adhikari brings two decades of experience with CBS. From the production side, Lorrie Baranek followed Stewart over from Comedy Central, where she worked on The President Show and The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore. And as his head writer, Stewart has tapped Chelsea Devantez, who already had written for Stewart’s previous HBO digital deal that never came to fruition.
In February, the open process of hiring additional writers caused quite the stir on Twitter, with Devantez revealing she had received upward of 2,400 writing packets for the gig. and for what it’s worth, the title and description sound amazingly just like Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas, which starred one of Stewart’s former Daily Show correspondents and was criminally canceled after two short seasons on HBO.
The Problem with Jon Stewart is the first venture in a first-look deal Stewart and his production company, Busboy Productions, has with Apple TV+.
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