And lo, Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show has come to an early end after 259 episodes, but won’t be forgotten. Not only did former Daily Show host Jon Stewart drop by to send off his former show’s “Senior Black Correspondent,” you can watch both Stewart’s and Wilmore’s goodbyes right now.
The cancellation of Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show remains a sudden shock days after the fact, even as Wilmore gears up for his final show on Thursday. He certainly won’t be alone, as fellow Comedy Central departure (and executive producer) Jon Stewart will put in an appearance to help send off his show’s former “Senior Black Correspondent.”
Neither HBO nor Jon Stewart have been particularly forthcoming with the ex-Daily Show host’s new shortform content, previously eyed for a return around the 2016 elections. Now, however, HBO reveals that Stewart’s new project is that of an animated cable news parody in the vein of The Onion, potentially due out as early as September or October.
I’ve missed Jon Stewart. I’m guessing you have too. The Daily Show continues in his absence with Trevor Noah at the helm, and it’s not a bad TV show. But it’s not the same. For one night only, though, the old Daily Show magic was back, on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Stephen Colbert has been sorely missing from late-night, and we don’t mean the one hosting CBS’ Late Show night after night. Thankfully, The Colbert Report version made a welcome return to a changed political landscape last night, along with none other than former Comedy Central buddy Jon Stewart.
We still don’t have the clearest picture of what ex-Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s HBO future looks like, though that hasn’t stopped Stewart from making headlines with his rescue work. Now, at long last, Stewart returned to late-night to reunite with Samantha Bee for her own Full Frontal TBS series and a little horsin’-around.
Last week, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart had fan hopes up that his particular brand of acerbic satire might return to TV ahead of this year’s chaotic elections, as HBO officials suggested his development deal could soon bear fruit. Now, Stewart himself acknowledges that some of the animated content he’s helped shepherd could arrive, but also that “I am not going to be on television anymore.”
Lord knows we’ve missed the genius of Jon Stewart’s late-night voice in these troubled times, and it’s been some time since HBO signed the former Daily Show host to a four-year development deal. We wouldn’t expect Stewart to suit up again behind a desk just yet, but HBO now believes the late-night veteran will return to active TV duty just in time for the 2016 election.
Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart seemed to take some well-deserved rest after abdicating the throne to Trevor Noah, occasionally popping up on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, among other places, but TV’s siren call has beckoned him back for a new moment of zen. Stewart has signed a landmark four-year deal with HBO producing short-form content, with the option for much more.
After the first episode of a new show, especially the first episode of an old show with a new face, everyone is ready to deem it either fantastic or awful. Did Trevor Noah ruin Jon Stewart’s legacy? Is The Daily Show a completely different beast? Should we stop watching now that some random unknown guy is hosting? The answer to all of those is no, or at least, we have no idea yet. But after watching the young South African comedian’s debut in Stewart’s chair on Monday night, it’s refreshing to say he did a pretty good job, and only time will tell how well he can carry the show.