(Above: Comedian John Oliver / Photo Source: @iamjohnoliver)
Announced today, John Oliver, the Emmy and Writer's Guild Award-winning writer, will star in a new HBO comedy series set to debut in 2014. The show will air on Sunday nights and explore news, politics and current events from the previous week through a satirical lens.
“We weren’t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”
Oliver, who recently subbed for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, said in the announcement, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now. I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven and a half years of my life. But most of all, I’d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it’s entirely his fault.”