NEW YORK (Reuters) - Launching a weekly Sunday night news comedy show in an era of ever shorter news cycles is both a blessing and a curse, as John Oliver freely admits.As he chooses current events topics
John Oliver spread his wings and flew right from Comedy Central to HBO, where his new series, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” premieres on April 27 at 11 p.m. “I didn’t want to leave ‘The Daily Show,’ ” Oliver says, sitting in HBO’s slick Midtown Manhattan offices, the city framed in a massive picture window behind him. “It was tough, really tough. There was no real reason to leave. It was going to take something that was impossible to turn down. And this was it.” “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” will be a weekly satire of the news in front of a studio audience, like “The Daily Show,” but with a longer lead time to prepare stories and with no commercials. With its Sunday perch, it will not compete with Oliver’s former employer. The format will be loose, Oliver says, including curated footage, pre-taped pieces, on-site reporting, and guest interviews — whatever the news dictates. There may even be room for that most traditional of late-night props: The desk. “Or we might have a breakfast nook,” Oliver says, bursting into his familiar guffaw.
There’s been little that we’ve actually gotten to see out of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that premieres this Sun. Apr. 27th at 11PM on HBO, but, as there’s only a few days before that happens, Oliver is going to appear on plenty of talk shows to promote it.
The first one up is The Today Show (watch it at the link) and, rest assured America, John Oliver does not care about boys asking supermodels out.
A version of this story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Giant Last Week Tonight with John Oliver billboard along L.A.’s Sunset Strip