Comedian John Oliver has spent a lot of time with The Daily Show. He’s been a correspondent since 2006, but now the Emmy award-winner is moving on to a brand new project. Unlike Stephen Colbert, who stuck with Comedy Central after leaving The Daily Show, Oliver will be hopping over to the subscription cable network HBO. He’s signed a deal to star in his own topical series that will air on the network in 2014.
The move comes after Oliver took over The Daily Show for an extensive stint this past summer. Regular host John Stewart took some time off in order to direct his first feature film, and Oliver was selected to take his spot. The gig allowed the comedian to take over the show and make it his own over a period of 8 weeks. His time as a host was well received, and if you didn’t manage to tune in to The Daily Show during his tenure on the air as the leading man, you can check out some clips, here.
HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo made the announcement this week, stating the network knew Oliver’s work as a writer and a guest correspondent was high quality. However, the network wasn’t necessarily looking for another talk series until they saw what Oliver was able to accomplish when he headed up The Daily Show.
“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. We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”
The new show hasn’t earned an official title, yet, but it sounds as if it will be similar to the nature of shows like Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. It will present a “satirical look” at the week’s news politics, and even current events. While there’s no title or official premiere date, yet, it’s looking like HBO will give it a pretty cushy slot, airing Oliver’s program on Sunday nights. Unfortunately, this means he won’t be getting multiple shows a week, but hosting his own show is still an exciting break for the comedian, and I can’t blame him for wanting to move forward with his career.
The New Year is right around the corner, but since the new talk program is still in the early stages, I get the feeling it could be a while before the program hits the air. In the meantime, here’s a Comedy Central video celebrating some of Oliver’s big moments on The Daily Show.