10:04am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' Renewed at HBO Through 2020
HBO has handed out another big renewal.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has earned a three-season pickup at the pay cabler, which will keep it on the air through 2020, it was announced Tuesday.
The supersized renewal will bring Last Week Tonight to season seven. Each upcoming season will include 30 episodes, bringing the total to 90 episodes.
“We are thrilled to have John Oliver as an integral part of the HBO family and to continue to share his comedic brilliance with the world,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement. “His extraordinary genius for rich and intelligent commentary is second to none.”
Added Oliver: “First: I firmly disagree with everything Casey just said. Second: We’re very grateful to Richard Plepler, Casey and everyone at HBO for letting us continue to do whatever it is we actually do. And finally: We’d also like to thank our staff for all their hard work. We’re incredibly proud of all of you, and rather than tell you that to your face, we’d like to do it in the cold, dispassionate form of a press release.”
The renewal comes after two early Emmy wins for Last Week Tonight, which won for outstanding interactive program and outstanding picture editing for variety programming at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards over the weekend. The series is up for three more, including best directing, best writing and best variety talk series. Last year, the weekly show won three awards, including its first win for best variety talk series.
The massive pickup comes a week after HBO handed out a two-season renewal to the similarly politically and news-focused Real Time With Bill Maher (which is also nominated for best variety talk series). As with Oliver, the latest deal keeps Maher on the pay cabler through 2020.
Oliver executive produces Last Week Tonight with Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton, Jon Thoday and James Taylor. Paul Pennolino directs the series, which is produced by Avalon Television and Sixteen String Jack Productions.