One of the popular correspondents on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” has been hired by HBO to host his own show on the pay cabler, reports our friend Cynthia Littleton at Variety.
Littleton writes that John Oliver’s “move to topline his own series was only a matter of time after his well-received stint substituting for Jon Stewart this summer. HBO said Thursday that Oliver will host a weekly topic comedy series to air on Sunday nights starting next year. The lanky, energetic Brit has been widely praised for his sharp take on American pop culture and for his ability to pull off absurdist stunts in interviews and field reporting assignments for ‘Daily Show.’ “
Littleton then quotes HBO’s president of original programming, Michael Lombardo, as saying, “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.”
Here’s a fun John Oliver highlight reel that Comedy Central put together: