After five years out of the TV spotlight, Jon Stewart will again have his own show.
Mr. Stewart, the former host of "The Daily Show," has signed a deal to host a current series for Apple TV +, the company said on Tuesday.
Apple TV + said it ordered the series for multiple seasons. One-hour episodes are shown, each devoted to a single topic. Apple didn't describe the format – whether it was an interview series or something closer to John Oliver's weekly HBO series – nor did it specify how many episodes it would have per season. Apple has also not set a premiere date.
However, Apple said Mr. Stewart's new show will "explore issues that are currently part of the national conversation and his advocacy work." For example, Mr Stewart was voiced on the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
Mr. Stewart left Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" in 2015 after a hugely successful run that began in 1999. His version of the show won the Emmy eleven times for best talk or variety series. In the years since his departure, he has made sporadic returns to television with appearances on Stephen Colbert's CBS late night show. (Mr. Stewart is the producer on this series.)
Mr Stewart was off the air for almost all of Donald J. Trump's unlikely political rise. His final episode of "The Daily Show" was taped a few hours before Mr. Trump's debut in the August 2015 first Republican debate. Since he no longer sits at his desk, other late-night presenters have often found success with political satire running their shows with monologues critical of the president.
Trevor Noah shaped "The Daily Show" himself. Mr. Colbert is the most watched host at the late night. And Mr. Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" won the Emmy for Best Talk Show for five years in a row.
Mr. Stewart had signed a contract with HBO back in 2015 to create an up-to-date animated series that never came to fruition. Eighteen months after that agreement, HBO said there were "technical issues related to production and distribution that were proving too difficult".
Mr. Stewart wrote and directed the film Irresistible, a political satire starring Steve Carell and Rose Byrne, which debuted in June. It received decidedly mixed reviews.
The Apple TV + show is produced by Mr. Stewart's Busboy Productions and Richard Plepler's Eden Productions. Mr. Plepler, who was the general manager of HBO when the network closed Mr. Stewart's deal, has had a production deal with Apple TV + since late last year. Long-time manager of Mr. Stewart, James Dixon, will also produce the series.