Sad news for those looking forward to seeing current events reflected through the eyes of a New Jersey farmer: HBO has shelved its long-gestating Jon Stewart project. The deal, first announced in late 2015, was supposed to involve topical animated shorts developed by Stewart and running on HBO’s digital platforms including their GO and NOW apps (or GO/NOW, or GOW as I’ll continue to think of them collectively). It would have marked the first big step in Stewart’s post-The Daily Show career aside from his animal rescue endeavors.
But lest we all jump to blaming defenseless cows for this news, there is a more practical answer. Apparently the project was logistically difficult from a production and distribution standpoint, given the quick turnaround nature of the topical pieces. But all hope is not lost! Stewart signed a four-year deal with HBO, and they will continue to work toward future projects together.
In the meantime, we’ll just have to get our Stewart fix every time he pops up in Stephen Colbert’s mountain cabin. And HBO still has John Oliver around to cover the news on a last-weekly basis.