If there are any fans of “The Daily Show” hoping that the forthcoming departure of Jon Stewart later this year would open up the desk for John Oliver to return to Comedy Central, that simply isn’t a possibility anymore.
HBO has just renewed “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” currently in its second season, for a third and fourth season, each for 35 episodes in 2016 and 2017. The cable network was clearly keen to keep Oliver from going back to his roots by inheriting the desk he once inhabited while Stewart took a break to make his directorial debut with the drama Rosewater.
Considering how well Oliver’s new HBO show has been doing, even surpassing “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” in terms of investigative boldness and satire, we’re not surprised to see the cable network lock down Oliver for two more years, even if the show is only two episodes into its second season. Here’s the most recent top story from the show on the despicable tobacco industry:
HBO’s president of programming, Michael Lombardo says:
“We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family. His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself.”
Indeed, in a short amount of time, Oliver has already made quite an impact in the news satire arena, and fans of “The Daily Show” who might be uncertain of the Comedy Central show’s future should take solace in knowing that HBO has them covered with John Oliver’s program. After all, “Last Week Tonight” just won a Writers Guild of America award for the category of Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) Series.
If you’re not watching “Last Week Tonight” just yet, you’re missing out on some of the most biting, whip-smart satire that television is offering right now. Oliver has proven to be a lively and outstanding host, not held back by the parameters of basic cable censors and advertising. I know I’m looking forward to a long run of “Last Week Tonight” for years to come.
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