British comedian John Oliver’s new HBO show now has a name and a premiere date, the network reportedly announced on Wednesday.
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” will premiere on April. 27, and will air at the end of the night’s line-up of “Game of Thrones,” “Veep” and the Mike Judge comedy, “Silicon Valley.”
According to reports, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” will be a half-hour show and will air 24 episodes. The show will feature a sarcastic take on the week in news, politics and current events, HBO reportedly said in a statement.
"It will be me making fun of things," Oliver reportedly said of the show back in January, and the comedian will attempt to recreate the success of the news model made famous by the likes of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" where Oliver acquired fame, and "The Colbert Report."
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” which will be produced by Liz Stanton, involves Oliver, Tim Carvell, James Taylor and Jon Thoday as executive producers.
According to reports, it was announced in November that Oliver who was a correspondent at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” since 2006, will be leaving Comedy Central to start running his own show.
HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), offered the show to Oliver, after he stood in as a guest host on the Daily Show to fill in for Stewart when he was away filming for “Rosewater,” his directorial debut.
“I think it probably led in some way and let's just say the only way," Oliver said in January, when he was reportedly asked at the Television Critics Association, if filling in for Stewart earned him this opportunity. “I think it is probably the main reason why I am here now. It was a bizarre, exciting and terrifying experience,” Oliver reportedly added.
"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," he reportedly said while announcing his departure from the show. "In fact, if I fail in the future, it's entirely his fault."