HBO has renewed its late night comedy news show LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER for three more seasons, taking it through 2020, the premium cable network announced Tuesday.
“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 network programming president Casey Bloys in a statement. “His extraordinary genius for rich and intelligent commentary is second to none.”
“First: I firmly disagree with everything Casey just said,” Oliver 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.”
Last Week Tonight debuted in 2014 and is currently in its fourth season. It airs Sunday nights at 11 p.m. on HBO and presents a satirical look at the news and politics of the previous week.
The show will continue to air 30 episodes per season in each of its upcoming three seasons.
In 2016 the show won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and is nominated in the top category and several others in the 2017 race, which will be determined this Sunday.
Linda Ge | TV Editor