Breathe a sigh of relief, Jon Stewart fans. We don't need to worry about the former Daily Show host disappearing to his New Jersey animal sanctuary and depriving us of his spot-on takedowns of American politics (or America in general). HBO just announced a four-year partnership with Stewart to first create "short-form digital content" for HBO Go, HBO Now, and other platforms. The deal also includes a first-look option for any TV or movie ideas Stewart might cook up.
A press release says Stewart's first project will involve him viewing current events through his "unique prism," which sounds exactly like his reign hosting The Daily Show. (We're not complaining, of course.) The project will also involve developing new technology to keep the short-form content timely af, so what this really sounds like i is a mini, tech-y Daily Show 2.0.
A network spokesperson told CNN Stewart's work will come out early next year but couldn't be more specific. Regardless, his reemergence will come right in time for the 2016 election, meaning we don't need to imagine a Jon Stewart-less presidential election after all.
"Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me," Stewart said in the release. "I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again."
Here's to a non-broken Stewart regularly featuring in our lives once again.