9:00am PT by Lacey Rose
Jon Stewart Sets Title, Launch Plans for Apple Series (Exclusive)
Jon Stewart has settled on a name.
His forthcoming Apple series, set to debut this fall, will be titled The Problem With Jon Stewart.
In success, the name is a nod to the rotation of issues, one per episode, that Stewart will dive into with his new current affairs series. Though the specifics are being tightly guarded, they're expected to range from issues currently part of the national conversation to ones that are part of Stewart’s advocacy work. In failure, the show's title sets up an easy headline — which, Stewart being Stewart, he'll have fun with as well.
The highly anticipated series, which is set to run multiple seasons, is the first project to hail from Stewart’s partnership with Apple TV+. It also marks his return to TV after signing off of his Emmy-drenched The Daily Show in 2015. And while it won’t have a nightly or even weekly cadence, Apple is hopeful the new series, not unlike Oprah Winfrey's The Oprah Conversation, will thrust its service into the national dialogue. Each season of The Problem will feature a companion podcast as well.
As THR previously reported, Stewart will host and executive produce the New York-set series through his Busboy Productions. It will be executive produced by showrunner Brinda Adhikari, Stewart’s longtime manager James Dixon and former HBO chief Richard Plepler through his Apple-based EDEN Productions. Chelsea Devantez (The Opposition With Jordan Klepper) has been tapped as the show’s head writer and Lorrie Baranek (My Next Guest Needs No Introduction) is the show's executive in charge of production.