'Daily Show' comedian John Oliver gets HBO series

Reuters

LOS ANGELES, Nov 14 (Reuters) - John Oliver, a satiricalnews correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," will beleaving the show to star in a weekly comedy news series on HBObeginning next year, the U.S. premium cable network said onThursday.

HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc, said the show willair on Sunday nights and be a satire of topical news andpolitics. The network did not announce a start date.

The British comedian, best known for his wit on politics andcurrent events, won over HBO with his performance as a fill-inhost this summer for Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central program,said Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming.

"We weren't otherwise searching for another weekly talkshow, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on 'TheDaily Show,' we knew that his singular perspective and distinctvoice belonged on HBO," Lombardo said in a statement. "We areextremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home."

Oliver, 36, joined "The Daily Show" in 2006 and has sharedthree Emmy awards as a writer on the program that helped launchcareers of comedians Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

"I'm incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as Ipresume this means I get free HBO now," Oliver said jokingly ina statement.

Oliver's final day on "The Daily Show" was not announced.Comedy Central is owned by Viacom.

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