There’s been a lot of speculation lately that John Oliver may be a frontrunner to take over the reins of The Daily Show now that Jon Stewart has announced he’ll be leaving. He seemed like a logical choice not just because he proved he could handle the show when he guest hosted during Stewart’s Rosewater sabbatical, but because the timing seemed perfect. Jon hasn’t given a solid timeline for his departure, but other John’s HBO contract was set to run out later this year. That is, until HBO called dibs on Oliver for two more seasons.
“We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family,” said Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, in a prepared statement. “His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself.”This seems like the best move. We all want a strong Daily Show host, and John Oliver would certainly be that, but he’s created something really amazing in Last Week Tonight. That show is so good, in no small part because he was able to create it from scratch. It would be a shame to see that disappear just so he can take over an existing property.
HBO says seasons two (the current season), three, and four will each be 35 episodes, so we’ve got no shortage of goofy English political comedy coming our way.
With Oliver and Jessica Williams out, our wish list contenders are dropping at an aggressive rate.