Jon Stewart’s long-in-the-works Daily Show follow-up has come to an end — and it had barely even begun.
According to The New York Times, Stewart and HBO have agreed not to move forward with a previously announced, short-form animated project, citing that the production was “significantly more complicated than both sides expected.”
The shorts, of which little is known, were expected to release daily on HBO Go and HBO Now in the lead-up to the 2016 election, and were first announced as part of a four-year deal Stewart signed with the premium cabler back in November 2015. It is said that the “webisodes” would have been two to five minutes in length and occasionally feature Stewart’s voiceover.
Since exiting The Daily Show back in August 2015, Stewart has remained a semi-constant presence in late-night, regularly popping up on CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, on which he retains an executive producer credit. Most recently, he appeared on Late Show as part of a Daily Show reunion, which also featured John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry.
Are you disappointed that Stewart’s animated project is no longer in development? Or had you forgot it existed in the first place?