John Oliver to star in weekly HBO comedy
LOS ANGELES – HBO says that John Oliver is getting his own weekly show after his winning turn as substitute host for Jon Stewart.
Next year, Oliver’s Sunday-night program will take a satirical look at current events for the week, HBO said Thursday.
HBO President Michael Lombardo said the channel wasn’t in the hunt for another weekly talk show. But Lombardo said in a statement that Oliver’s handling of “The Daily Show” in Stewart’s absence this summer convinced HBO his “distinct voice” belongs on the channel. Stewart was away directing a film.
Oliver thanked Stewart for teaching him everything he knows during his years with “The Daily Show” – then joked that if he fails, it’s entirely Stewart’s fault.
The debut date and title for Oliver’s new show were not announced.