has renewed the Emmy(R)-winning LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER for three additional seasons, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, Programming. The deal will keep the hit show on the network through 2020, with 30 shows to be presented each season.
“We are thrilled to have John Oliver as an integral part of the HBO family and to continue to share his comedic brilliance with the world,” said Bloys. “His extraordinary genius for rich and intelligent commentary is second to none.”
Oliver says, “First: I firmly disagree with everything Casey just said. Second: We’re very grateful to Richard Plepler, Casey and everyone at HBO for letting us continue to do whatever it is we actually do. And finally: We’d also like to thank our staff for all their hard work. We’re incredibly proud of all of you, and rather than tell you that to your face, we’d like to do it in the cold, dispassionate form of a 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 debuted on HBO in 2014 and is currently in its fourth season, presenting new shows Sunday nights (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, pre-taped pieces and occasional guests.
LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER was recently nominated for eight Primetime Emmys(R) (to be announced Sept. 17), including Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series (Paul Pennolino) and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. The show has already won two Creative Arts Emmys(R), in the categories of Outstanding Interactive Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming.
In 2016, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER received three Primetime Emmys(R), including Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming.
In 2015, the show received an Emmy(R) in the category of Outstanding Interactive Program. The show was honored at the 21st Critics Choice Awards in the category of Best Talk Show, and received a Peabody Award, as well as Writers Guild Award in the category of Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series.
Season four credits: LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER is produced for HBO by Avalon Television and Sixteen String Jack Productions; executive producers, John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton, Jon Thoday, James Taylor; director, Paul Pennolino.