HBO has renewed Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for two more season — its third and fourth.
It’s obviously excellent news for fans of John Oliver and Last Week Tonight. But it also means Oliver won’t be jumping ship back to The Daily Show once Jon Stewart leaves, like some people were hoping. (I want a woman to host it, personally.)
Since it debuted last year, Last Week Tonight has done a fantastic job blending political commentary, news, comedy, and activism. The show recently took on tobacco companies, creating a new logo for Marlboro (a diseased lung named “Jeff”) and encouraging people to tweet #JeffWeCan.
“We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family,” said Lombardo. “His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself.”
Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver returned for its 35-episode second season Feb. 8, debuting new shows Sunday night (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
The show is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night. Taped in New York a few hours before it debuts on HBO, the show features a mix of Oliver’s topical commentary on the previous week’s events, pre-taped pieces and occasional guests.
In the first season, which concluded last November, Oliver covered a wide range of topics, from net neutrality and Uganda’s anti-LGBT laws, to Miss America, climate change and civil forfeiture abuse by the police.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has just received a Writers Guild Award in the category of Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series.
Hailing Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as “2014’s best show,” the Huffington Post called it “one of the defining conversation starters in both popular culture and news media,” praising “a winning star, astute tactics and a self-awareness that’s remarkably on point.” In addition, it was named to “best of” lists for the year by the AP, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, TIME, Vanity Fair, the Boston Globe, the Detroit News, Rolling Stone and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others. Videos featuring content from the show, as well as original material designed exclusively for the web, have been viewed by millions of people.