When anchor John Oliver signed off for good from The Daily Show back in December, the comedy news world suffered an enormous blow. Luckily, all will be forgiven on April 27, when Oliver returns to TV with HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
Oliver’s show will follow the standard half-hour format with weekly episodes every Sunday at 11 p.m. Good news, considering that last month, Oliver was only sure of one thing about his show: that he’d be “making fun of things.” Which, to be fair, is about all you need to know to tune in.
In that sense, however, Last Week Tonight stands to serve as a paid-cable counterpart to John Stewart’s Daily Show. In act, a network release calls Oliver’s show a “satirical look at the news, politics, and current events,” which more or less could be applied to no less than four shows already on TV. Though, in terms of HBO talk shows, Oliver’s stands out in that its shorter compared to shows like Real Time With Bill Maher, which runs 60 minutes.
That said, though, Oliver’s particular brand of current events observation ought to separate him fairly distinctly. And if that doesn’t work, let us not forget cursing is allowed on HBO.