While many are excited over former-The Daily Show host Jon Stewart to roll out his HBO endeavor, it’s apparently not happening. Stewart and the would-be-facilitating network disclosed the digital-animation production had “technical” problems. “We all thought the project had great potential, but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material,” they explained.
[Video: courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert via CNN]
However, HBO is working on “some future projects” in collaboration with Stewart, which “you will be hearing about in the near future.”
But folks are apparently disappointed as a result of Stewart’s show not happening, as there was much anticipatory chatter for the Comedy Central staple’s new project. (Note that HBO and CNN are under Time Warner’s roof.)
Upon the HBO-Stewart collaboration agreement in November 2015 (a four-year contract), it was said to be “the next phase of Stewart’s groundbreaking career” featuring digital shorts spanning HBO’s multiple efforts. While fans awaited the release in 2016, doubt in the project’s existence surfaced when that time came and went.
All this despite July 2016’s Television Critics Association discussion panel where HBO Programming President Casey Bloys said he foresaw the project “up and running” the following September or October. Perhaps Bloys indirectly foreshadowed the project’s demise when he stressed Stewart enduring “a big endeavor.” Bloys added that “[Stewart’s] establishing an animation studio because he wants to get material out multiple times a day. … And the idea is it will be an animated parody of a cable news network—with kind of an Onion-like portal.”
Regardless of the situation, Stewart is far from done with television. As shown above, Stewart has seemingly become a personified teaser with his quasi-impromptu appearances on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—adding to the anti-Team Trump flack and other political issues.