Throwback Thursday would be a kind description by some critics who might comment on Jon Stewart’s first episode of his new show The Problem With Jon Stewart, which debuted on Apple+, on Thursday. The new show seemed to channel more of his erstwhile earlier show The Daily Show rather than offer viewers a new one, but without much humor.
Critics from major news outlets said that there was rehashed material and it was not as entertaining as The Daily Show. If you are the type to channel the Carpenters…Just like before…It’s yesterday once more…you could enjoy the latest show by Jon Stewart, as he channels his erstwhile, extremely popular show The Daily Show into his new show.
When Jon Stewart hosted The Daily Show on Comedy Central millions of viewers tuned in to get a perspective of the day and Stewart sometimes managed to provide insights into incidents that were better than those aired by mainstream media, with a huge dose of his characteristic humor.
However, his new show doesn’t seem to have made much of a good impression in its initial two 45 minute episodes. Stewart seems to have forgotten to communicate in a new way.
It is speculated that Apple has paid him tens of millions to boost the viewership of its fledging TV streaming services as it struggles for a place amongst giant streaming platforms, most of whom are increasing their budgets on contents as younger audiences move away from cable to streaming.
Jon Stewart was one of the most successful stewards of The Daily Show which won more than 20 Prime Time Emmys. He chartered the course of The Daily Show which continues to remain popular after Trevor Noah took over in 2015.
Apple might have hoped for a repeat performance by Jon Stewart not only for winning awards but also for boosting viewership. He has been vocal in bringing important issues before Congress. Despite criticism by mainstream, Frank Conniff, an everyday viewer tweeted that the new Jon Stewart show was more journalism than comedy. Coniff said that he was comfortable “seeing a comedian doing journalism because most of the journalists on TV aren’t doing it.”
Here’s hoping that Jon Stewart brings both journalism and his unique sense of humor in future The Problem With Jon Stewart shows.
Source The Daily Mail.
Critics pan Jon Stewart’s new Apple+ show calling it a throwback on The Daily Show
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