John Oliver to star in weekly HBO comedy

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 8:05 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO says that John Oliver is getting his own weekly show after his winning turn as substitute host for Jon Stewart.

Next year, Oliver's new Sunday-night program will take a satirical look at current events for the week, HBO said Thursday.

HBO President Michael Lombardo said the channel wasn't in the hunt for another weekly talk show. But Lombardo said in a statement Oliver's handling of "The Daily Show" in Stewart's absence this summer convinced HBO his "distinct voice" belong on the channel.

Stewart was away directing a film.

Oliver thanked Stewart for teaching him everything he knows during his years with "The Daily Show" — then joked that if he fails it's entirely Stewart's fault.

The debut date and title for Oliver's new show were not announced.

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