Jon Stewart’s Weekly Show SoHo-Bound?

It’s a long shot but Jon Stewart’s first series since The Daily Show could wind up on SoHo.

He’s making an animated parody of a cable news network for HBO. While it will run on HBO’s digital platform, hopefully in time for the US Presidential election, a weekly linear version is planned.

That means it should be available for Sky to pick up for SoHo, which already runs former Daily Show star John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.

However, that’s not guaranteed given SoHo continues to ignore one of the smartest political commentary series on TV, Real Time With Bill Maher (which HBO has just renewed through 2018).

It’s vastly superior to Oliver’s self-indulgence but, like another series that SoHo should have capitalised on in time for the US election, Showtime’s Circus, languishes for a platform here.

Sky has given political junkies a raw run here. All its news channels are in highly compressed SD, series like The Daily Show and Colbert Report were neglected, and Sky’s free-to-air channel, Prime, inexplicably opted for the bland Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon over The Late Show With Stephen Colbert when previous host David Letterman retired.

If Stewart’s new venture doesn’t fit SoHo programmers’ prescription, it should at the very least be picked up for Sky’s Neon streaming service.

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