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HBO’s John Oliver show is ‘Last Week Tonight,’ starts in April

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OliverWe have some official info about the new show John Oliver will begin hosting on HBO this spring. The network announced that the Sunday night series will be called Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, and will debut on HBO April 27.

Bookending the weekend with Real Time With Bill Maher, which airs late on Friday nights, Last Week Tonight will run on at 11 p.m. on Sunday nights, following HBO’s various prestige shows. In April, those shows will be Game of Thrones, Veep and the new Silicon Valley show.

HBO’s press release announcing the series makes Oliver’s show sound very Daily Show-like, describing it as “a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.”

Oliver, following a successful stint guest-hosting The Daily Show while Jon Stewart directed a movie last summer, departed the Comedy Central show after seven years for his own program at the end of last year. He has also taken head writer Tim Carvell with him to the new show, although there’s no word yet about on-air talent beyond Oliver himself.

The 36-year-old Oliver has also guest-starred on Community as Prof. Duncan, and has hosted a podcast called The Bugle.

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