Memba the good ol' days, when it wasn't necessarily newsworthy when Jon Stewart was going to host something, because viewers already got to watch him hosting The Daily Show on a nightly basis? Well, the times, they have changed, and now we're lucky to see Stewart popping up on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a couple of minutes every few months. Thankfully, Stewart is getting another crack at hosting soon, albeit for an extremely temporary amount of time, as he'll be a one-day co-host for ESPN mainstay SdportsCenter.
Jon Stewart is set to co-host this Friday's SportsCenter, and to be expected, it won't just be your everyday installments of scores and highlights. (Although we'd be more than happy to see Jon Stewart rocking his silver beard in ESPN's studio for a few hours.) No, Friday's SportsCenter coverage will be shown live from the Warrior Games in Chicago, and Stewart will show up at different times all throughout the evening.
We're not talking about the Golden State Warriors, of course, but the Department of Defense's Warrior Games, which started on June 30 and are running until July 8. Showcasing several different sports, the Warrior Games have very special contestants in military veterans and other service personnel who are wounded, injured and/or ill. This year has seen well over 250 athletes from not just the various U.S. military arms, but also the United Kingdom Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force.
Jon Stewart and his ESPN regular co-host Hannah Storm will be front and center for the one-hour SportsCenter airing at 7:00 p.m. ET, live from the United Center in Chicago where the Games are being held. Surely, we can expect to see things both extremely inspirational and extremely hilarious, and considering this isn't Stewart's first time either hosting a sports-related event or taking part in the Warrior Games, he'll be right in his element.
Beyond the one-hour special, both Hannah Storm and Jon Stewart will host live segments during the SportsCenter airing at 6:00 p.m. ET. What's more, the 11:00 p.m. ET block will feature Stewart giving a live interview from the Games. It hasn't been announced who that will be with just yet, though. Perhaps we can expect to see something along the lines of his recent talk with Army veteran Christy Gardner, which can be viewed below.
The SportsCenter coverage from the Warrior Games marks a new career direction for Hannah Storm, who will anchor more primetime specials and other programming to go up on the network's digital platforms. We probably shouldn't expect to hear about Jon Stewart signing any contracts with ESPN though. (However, he did just have that HBO show of his cancelled before it could come together, so maybe he has a little more time.)
So remember to check out ESPN's SportsCenter on Friday, July 7, at the hours of 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., all at ET times, for Jon Stewart's co-hosting gig for the Warrior Games. And then when you're done setting that in your memory banks, head to our summer premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are on the way in the near future.