Having a live audience for a show was put on hold because of COVID-19, and then as things started to progress, those chairs started to fill up. With more and more acts and shows returning with folks in seats, it isn’t a surprise that we are hearing about new projects. Jon Stewart has a brand new show and was shot with a live crowd that was vaccinated.
Premiering on Apple TV+, The Problem with Jon Stewart was shot in New York on July 14 and 16. It will be a lot like his time as the host of The Daily Show, and for fans of his, you should have some idea of what to expect.
The attendees of Jon Stewart’s latest show needed to be vaccinated in order to enter the production. Going in, they needed to have their vaccination card and a wellness screening before getting to enter. The crew and audience were all masked up too. For anyone who did not have a mask, they would be offered one.
Jon Stewart will be aiming for something similar to The Daily Show and other shows like it. The series that hits this fall will feature one-hour episodes that focus on a single topic. Considering his previous success in this space, it’s easy to imagine this one being a hit.
The behind the scenes crew is quite experienced and makes a good fit for the current affairs format. It also looks to address the criticism toward the lack of diversity seen in The Daily Show when Jon Stewart helmed the series. The showrunner of The Problem with Jon Stewart will be Brinda Adhikari, the former producer for CBS Evening News. The writer of Peakcock’s Girls5Eva, Chelsea Devantez, will be the lead writer. In charge of the production will be Lorrie Baranek, who is known for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman and The Break with Michelle Wolf.
Jon Stewart will be utilizing his production company, Busboy Productions, to produce his new series. His manager James Dixon will executive produce too. In addition, Eden Productions’ Richard Plepler will executive produce with the host and his manager.
The show with Jon Stewart is meant to release its episodes periodically rather than having a set weekly schedule. It will mix it up with the studio and on-location segments.
Winning 22 Emmies and being nominated for many other awards, Jon Stewart has made quite a name for himself as a comedic political commentator. He is most notable for his stint as the host of The Daily Show from 1999 to 2015 and his contributions to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He also co-created The Colbert Show with Colbert and Ben Karlin (Modern Family).
Outside of satirical news reporting, the comedian has made his mark on the film industry with more creative projects that still hit with his political focus. In 2014, Jon Stewart made his directorial debut with 2014’s Rosewater. The film followed the true story when BBC journalist Maziar Bahari was detained under suspicion that he was a spy and not a reporter. In 2020, he had his second and latest outing with directing with Irresistible. The film followed a Democratic strategist helping a veteran. The film had a more notable cast than hit debut with Steve Carell (The Office), Rose Byrne (Neighbors), and Brent Sexton (The Killing).
The Problem with Jon Stewart will hit Apple TV+ this fall.