Jon Stewart & HBO Cancel Animated Series Plans

In a statement obtained by the New York Times Tuesday night, HBO confirmed the mutual decision to scrap the digital shorts in favor of something else. But the project proved to be fraught with technical issues and "too difficult" to execute, according to the premium cable network.

The statement added that other projects with Stewart are in the works "which you will be hearing about in the near future".

A year and half after first announcing it, HBO and former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart are shuttering their short-form digital animation venture.


This is published unedited from the PTI feed. Jon Stewart is widely known for his acerbic commentary on current events and politics.

Now HBO and Stewart have chose to scrap the idea entirely. The initial plan was to make the shorts two to five minutes long, with Stewart occasionally providing a voice-over.

The cancellation of the HBO animation project due to "technical issues" comes after the project missed its initial release deadline of early 2016.


Last July, new HBO programming president Casey Bloys said during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour that his hope was to have the program "up and running" by September or October. However, that did not materialize.

However, he had also said it was "a big endeavor" taken on by Stewart who was looking to get content out a couple of times a day. "I'm pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again", Stewart had said at the time.

When Stewart signed the HBO deal, the network was shifting its focus to producing unscripted content. The project entailed what HBO called pioneering digital technology. In the past year, he has been a regular guest on Stephen Colbert's surging late night show, where he has a credit as an executive producer.



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