If you were hoping that John Oliver would depart his new gig at HBO and return to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to replace Jon Stewart as the new host when he leaves later this year, I’m afraid it’s not to be.
HBO has locked up Oliver and his Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for not just one but two additional seasons, season three and season four, which will see it running through at least 2017.
Each of the two new seasons will consist of 35 episodes, with season three airing in 2016 and season four of course following in 2017. Season two of the show just kicked off recently.
President of HBO Programming Michael Lombardo made the announcement, saying:
“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.”
Here’s a description of the show from the press release:
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 just won its first award (with surely many more to come), grabbing a Writers Guild Award for Best Comedy/Variety TV show, beating out stiff competition such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Real Time with Bill Maher.