When Jon Stewart took a break from The Daily Show this past summer to direct his first feature film, the man that stepped into his comedic shoes was correspondent John Oliver. Oliver passed the test with flying colors — and now he'll be getting his own show on HBO. As reported by Variety, the as-of-yet unnamed show will be a weekly comedy series with a topical slant, a description that could be applied to another HBO program: Real Time With Bill Maher.
"We weren't otherwise searching for another weekly talk show," said Michael Lombardo, HBO's head of original programming. "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." Oliver's show is currently envisioned as a Sunday evening program that would premiere sometime in 2014, adding one more culturally influential voice to the network's already impressive lineup of original programming.
In a statement, Oliver struck the same kind of tone that Comedy Central viewers have come to expect from the comedian. "I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven and a half years of my life," he said. "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."