John Oliver to debut ‘Last Week Tonight’ on HBO in late April


Comedian John Oliver. (Carlo Allegri / Reuters)

John Oliver, the British comedian whose career took off as the nonchalant news correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will debut his new HBO series, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” on April 27, the network has announced.

The show, to air Sundays in the 11-11:30 p.m. slot, will present a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, HBO said in a statement, without elaborating further on the show’s content.

The offer from HBO, a unit of Time Warner, came a few months after Oliver stood in as guest host on the Comedy Central program last summer while Stewart was in Jordan filming the drama “Rosewater,” his directorial debut.

When asked at last month’s meeting of the Television Critics Association whether filling in for Stewart led to the HBO job, Oliver said: “I think it probably led in some way, and let’s just say the only way. . . . I think it is probably the main reason why I am here now. It was a bizarre, exciting and terrifying experience.”

Oliver, 36, joined “The Daily Show” in 2006 and has shared three Emmy awards as a writer on the program that helped launch the careers of comedians Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

— Reuters

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