Dancing zebras, funny hashtags, and non-stop commentary on the fall of the west, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” will be sticking around on HBO through 2020. HBO confirmed that the network has renewed the Emmy series for three additional seasons, the announced was made today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO 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.”
The show, which has become one of my personal favorites over the last few years, offers a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events. The show does take a serious tone, with a few jokes thrown in of course, when addressing broader facing the world today. The series has become a consistent hit on HBO since it debuted back 2014, and is currently in its fourth season, presenting new shows Sunday nights. The show is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night, and is taped right here 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 surprise guests.
As for awards, the show recently nominated for eight Primetime Emmys (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, in the categories of Outstanding Interactive Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming. In 2016, the received three Primetime Emmys, 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 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.