John Oliver‘s stint on “The Daily Show” caught the attention of HBO and earned him a similar show for that network. It was announced today that Oliver will be the host of a new “topical comedy series” slated to launch Sunday nights in 2014.
“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,” says president of HBO Programming Michael Lombardo. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”
Oliver took over from Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” so that the show’s host could have time off to direct his first movie, “Rosewater.” Oliver handled the show from June 10 and hosted eight weeks of new episodes. The general consensus was that he did a great job, so it’s exciting that he’ll get his own “Daily Show”-style show that doesn’t conflict with Comedy Central’s hit.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now,” Oliver says in a statement. “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.”