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  • John Oliver to Host Weekly Comedy Show on HBO

  • John Oliver is moving on up!
    Just a few months after successfully taking over for Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show, the comedian is getting his chance to shine again as the host of a new weekly comedy ...
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  • John Oliver is moving on up!
    Just a few months after successfully taking over for Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show, the comedian is getting his chance to shine again as the host of a new weekly comedy show on HBO, the pay cable channel announced Thursday.
    Premiering sometime next year, the show will present a satirical look at news, current events and politics, not unlike The Daily Show and another weekly HBO series, Real Time with Bill Maher, which airs Fridays. Oliver's show will air Sundays, a longtime popular night for HBO's original scripted programming like Boardwalk Empire and Girls.
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    "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," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. "We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home."
    This new show, sadly, means that Oliver will be stepping away from The Daily Show, which he has been with since 2006. "I'm incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now," Oliver said. "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."
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    Oliver, 36, will also reprise his role as Professor Ian Duncan on Community for at least six episodes of the NBC comedy's upcoming fifth season.
    Are you excited for Oliver's new show? Will you miss seeing him on The Daily Show?
    View original John Oliver to Host Weekly Comedy Show on HBO at TVGuide.com

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