return of the king
October 27, 2020

Guess who's back?

Apple TV+ on Tuesday announced it has signed a deal with comedian Jon Stewart for multiple seasons of a new current affairs show. This will be Stewart's return to television over five years after his departure from The Daily Show, the streamer noted in a statement. Apple TV+ also said Stewart has signed a first-look deal with the company for "projects to be produced and developed for the service."

Stewart's new show was described as a "one-hour, single-issue series" that will "explore topics that are currently part of the national conversation and his advocacy work," and each season will be accompanied by a companion podcast. Since he left The Daily Show, Stewart has been particularly vocal in advocating for 9/11 first responders. Trevor Noah took over as host of The Daily Show in 2015.

Though this new show will mark Stewart's television return, the comedian earlier this year directed the political comedy Irresistible starring Steve Carell. Speaking in an interview with The New York Times in June about whether he wishes he still had his own show, Stewart said, "Sometimes I do. But not the one that I had. The one that I had is in wonderful hands and continues to elevate in a way that I couldn't have. My efficacy for that kind of conversation has passed." Brendan Morrow

August 26, 2019

Eddie Murphy's long-awaited return as Saturday Night Live host is finally happening.

The NBC sketch show on Monday announced that Murphy will serve as host for an episode airing this December. This, IndieWire notes, will be Murphy's first time hosting Saturday Night Live in 35 years.

Murphy, of course, kickstarted his career as a cast member of Saturday Night Live but left in 1984, the year he also hosted. He would never return as host after this, and in a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Murphy described his bad blood with the show. In particular, he took issue with a joke from David Spade comparing him to a "falling star" as a jab at his recent unsuccessful films.

"I felt sh-tty about that for years, but now, I don't have none of that," Murphy told Rolling Stone. "I wouldn't go to retrospectives, but I don't let it linger."

Murphy did ultimately return for Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special in 2015, speaking for less than a minute after a lengthy, laudatory introduction by Chris Rock. "I'm so happy to be back here," Murphy said. "It's a magical feeling ... I will always love this show."

Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, David Harbour, and Kristen Stewart also also set to host Saturday Night Live this season, with Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, and Camila Cabello booked as musical guests. The musical guest for Murphy's show hasn't yet been revealed.

Murphy's return as Saturday Night Live host is set for Dec. 21. Brendan Morrow

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