Following the conclusion of John "Danger" Oliver's widely praised summer stint as guest host of 'The Daily Show,' my first thought was this: Someone needs to give this man his own show. I assumed that someone would probably be Comedy Central, but I turned out to be way off. Not only will Oliver not be hosting a show on Comedy Central, he'll soon be leaving the world of basic cable entirely.
In an announcement made just a few short minutes ago, premium cable kingpin HBO has signed Oliver to host a weekly talk show, set to debut in 2014. The as yet untitled program (may I suggest 'The Weekly Show with John Oliver'?) will take a satirical look at the past week in news, politics, and current events, an arena that we know Oliver is more than comfortable in.
Oliver's show joins existing HBO political chat fest 'Real Time With Bill Maher,' although the two will not be paired up. Maher's show airs on Fridays, while John will make his home on Sunday nights. One has to wonder what Oliver signing with HBO does to the speculated line of 'Daily Show' succession. Most industry analysts naturally presumed that the long-time British correspondent was being groomed to eventually take over the reigns of 'TDS' from the now 50-year-old Stewart, which will certainly be difficult if John's new show proves successful.
Will you tune in to the 2014 premiere of John Oliver's new show? Or do you think he'll regret leaving behind the security of being a 'Daily Show' correspondent?