John Oliver Lands HBO Series


LOS ANGELES: HBO has tapped The Daily Show's John Oliver for a weekly topical comedy series slated to launch in 2014.

The new show will offer a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events on Sunday nights. Oliver has been part of The Daily Show team on Comedy Central for almost eight years and filled in for host Jon Stewart this summer.

"We weren't otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO," said Michael Lombardo, the president of programming at HBO. "We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home."

"I'm incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now," said Oliver. "I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven and a half years of my life. But most of all, I'd like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it's entirely his fault."