When Jon Stewart departed The Daily Show in 2015, it felt like the biggest deal in talk show history. The search for his replacement commanded an abnormal amount of attention: How could you fill a hole that big? Who could possibly live up to the impact of Stewart’s Daily Show, which more or less invented a generational cable television format?
On the debut episode of The Shop, HBO’s new talk show miniseries produced by and starring LeBron James, Stewart is a guest panelist for a few segments. The camera often finds him to make the most of his punditry. But you couldn’t be blamed if you watched The Shop and forgot that Stewart was even involved—that's just how powerful and vital James and business partner Maverick Carter's discourse is.