HBO pulls animated Jon Stewart program

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 28: Host Jon Stewart at "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" covers the Midterm elections in Austin with "Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess" at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

HBO has decided to stop production on the animated Jon Stewart program.  It’s unfortunate news for Stewart’s many fans that were looking forward to this series.

A statement was issued by both HBO and Stewart.

“HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a shortform digital animated project,” HBO said in a statement. “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. We’re excited to report that we have some future projects together which you will be hearing about in the near future.”

The material Stewart was working on was going to appear on both HBO Now and HBO Go.  It had been expected to be available in time for the presidential election but delays made it impossible.

The plan for the series was first announced in late 2015, a few months after Stewart ended his longtime run as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Despite this project being pulled, Stewart still has a few years left on his four-year production deal with the network.

All is not completely lost for Stewart.  He still appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert every now and then, where he maintains an executive producer credit.

The New York Times was the first to break the news.


Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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