Following a successful stint as a Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show this past summer, John Oliver is getting a topical series of his own.
But rather than secure a home on Comedy Central, the comedic Brit is doing so at HBO. The premium cable network announced Thursday that it had inked a deal with Oliver for a show that will present a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events. The weekly show will debut in 2014 and will air on Sunday nights.
“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,” said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo, making reference to the net’s long-running Friday night entry, Real Time with Bill Maher. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”
Added Oliver: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now. 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.”
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Congratulations to the staff of The Daily Show who have won the Emmy for “Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments And Variety Specials”.
Congratulations also goes out to Robert Smigel and the team behind Night of Too Many Stars, who have won the Emmy for “Outstanding Interactive Program”.
John Oliver, Jessica Williams and Stephen Colbert help Jon Stewart to once again act American.
Last night on ‘The Daily Show’, you may have noticed that things were a bit little different when John Oliver returned from the commercial break to interview Aaron Sorkin. Gone were the bright lights and J-desk, suddenly John had a tan and the interview took a step back in time, relying on the most basic essentials – directors chairs, small table and a helpful staff member (Miles Kahn) passing notes from off camera.
What exactly caused this sudden change? TWoP member Magsinator had this to report from last night’s taping:
The taping of the first two segments goes well, then they’re cleaning up ALL THE GLASS from the bottle breaking and we hear this horrific feedback noise and the monitors around the studio go out. They made a quick announcement about us witnessing Daily Show history, because nothing like that had ever happened before and say they’re going to try to figure it out and get going again. So to fill the time, John takes a lot more questions … The crew announced what happened – a ups (uninterrupted power supply) failed – and pointed out the inherent irony there – and that it took out the audio, monitors and all the cameras. They were working on fixing it, but were going to set up for the “inside the actors studio” style interview with handheld cameras just in case.
Dan Dinello (@da66y) Tweeted: #ColbertReport saves #DailyShow: @DailyShow lost power during & edited show @ColbertReport studios. Both shows were finished simultaneously.
Jon Stewart and his beard check in on ‘The Daily Show’ via Skype, from ‘from somewhere far, far away’ to let John Oliver know he’s doing a phenomenal job as temporary host while he is off directing the geopolitical thriller ‘Rosewater’.
And brace yourself fashionistas, he is wearing a BLACK t-shirt! Perhaps this is how all of his grey t-shirts start?
Recognizing the essential role that writers have played in creating and elevating the medium of television since its inception, the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) tonight announced the list of the ’101 Best Written TV Series’, honoring seven decades of outstanding television programming and the writers who brought it all to life. The “TV 101” list honors classic, trailblazing series and miniseries, as well as current and critically acclaimed programs, from comedies and dramas to variety/talk and children’s programming.
“At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers who joined their staffs or worked on individual episodes,” said WGAW President Chris Keyser and WGAE President Michael Winship in a joint statement. “This list is not only a tribute to great TV, it is a dedication to all writers who devote their hearts and minds to advancing their craft.”
Full List: WGA East.
17. ‘The Daily Show’
50. ‘The Colbert Report’ tied for with ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘The Office’ (UK).
What do you make of the list Hubsters? Do you agree or disagree with the rankings? Who do you think should have made the cut? Were your favourite shows included?
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More recently, Colbert, 48, married with three kids and living in Montclair, N.J., announced a legit political endeavor: He would help his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch, who’s running for a House seat in their home state, South Carolina, by hosting fundraisers in Washington, D.C., and New York. Such off-hour antics have been a boon for The Colbert Report, which for the first time since its October 2005 debut is beating Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show in the key 18-to-49 demo while scoring an average nightly audience of nearly 2 million viewers.
With a cache of critical kudos (28 Emmy noms and two wins) and the least predictable guest lineup (Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, pig-farmer geneticist Carl Blake, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor), Colbert is the meta-quirk king of New York’s late-night universe.
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