We weren’t the only ones tuned into John Oliver taking on hosting duties for The Daily Show when Jon Stewart took a brief hiatus. Apparently HBO had their eye on him and were keen on his performance so much to give him his own show called Last Week Tonight, which will premiere on Sunday, April 27 at 11pm Eastern.
Does the world need another once-a-week news commentary show?
Let’s change up the question: Does the U.S. need another once-a-week news commentary show hosted by a Brit, specifically John Oliver?
Oliver puts his quirky spin on the weekly news, breaking it down into humorous, more digestible bites, pointing out that his news show is not quite “breaking.”
The trailer announces, “We live in turbulent times. You need a show that moves at the speed of news. A show whose schedule reflects our fast-paced world.”
That’s where the name of the show, Last Week Tonight, comes in. It’s breaking news that happened during the week, and as Oliver clarifies, “It’s not so much as it happens but eventually.”
“If a government collapses on Monday,” they will cover it on Sunday. “If the stock market crashes on a Wednesday,” they will cover it on Sunday. “If a Cabinet Member resigns on a Sunday,” they will cover it on Sunday … unless it happens after 11:30pm, then it will be covered the following Sunday.
The promo continues to say that viewers will get the news “24/7” and Oliver pops up exclaiming, “No. No.”
You can check out Oliver in action below:
Are you excited for John Oliver’s return to American television?