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Jon Stewart is already returning to TV, thanks to a new deal with HBO

This is (probably) not what Jon Stewart will be doing for HBO.
This is (probably) not what Jon Stewart will be doing for HBO.
Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central

It's official: Jon Stewart is bad at retirement.

HBO has announced that it's closed a four-year production deal with the erstwhile Daily Show host. While it will give HBO a first-look option at any television or film ventures of his, their collaboration will kick off with "developing new technology that will allow him to produce timely short-form digital content, which will be refreshed on HBO NOW multiple times throughout the day."

So basically: Stewart will do some bite-size current event sketches, which HBO will then release on its new standalone streaming service and news websites will subsequently post for your enjoyment and education. (Speaking of: Have you seen John Oliver's piece on how state elections could affect Obamacare?)

"Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me," Stewart says in the press release. "I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again." HBO, swooping in to grab Stewart before a crucial election year, is certainly counting on it.