Be prepared to see a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver season 7 … and a season 5 and 6 to go along with it.
In what is a truly incredible show of loyalty on the part of HBO, the network today handed down a firm, and impressive, three-season renewal to the late-night series following a string of popular segments and significant pop-culture buzz. Last Week Tonight is an awards darling, it has a fantastic host, and it actually does tackle segments that matter. Sure, it’s also in the midst of a lawsuit thanks to coal magnate Bob Murray, but clearly that’s not something that the network’s executives are fretting over all the much. They know that they’ve got a clear winner in Oliver, and they don’t want to dispatch him at any point in the near future.
In a statement confirming this oh-so-glorious news today, network programming president Casey Bloys had the following message to pass along:
“We are thrilled to have John Oliver as an integral part of the HBO family and to continue to share his comedic brilliance with the world … His extraordinary genius for rich and intelligent commentary is second to none.”
Meanwhile, Oliver himself had the following to say in a statement that feels 100% in line with everything that we would expect him to say in his signature tone:
“First: I firmly disagree with everything Casey just said. Second: We’re very grateful to [HBO chairman and CEO] Richard Plepler, Casey and everyone at HBO for letting us continue to do whatever it is we actually do. And finally: We’d also like to thank our staff for all their hard work. We’re incredibly proud of all of you, and rather than tell you that to your face, we’d like to do it in the cold, dispassionate form of a press release.”
Oliver of course wouldn’t be one to accept such rave reviews, now would he? This renewal gives the show incredible stability, knowing that it will be around through the next Presidential Election in 2020 … provided that nothing insane happens in this administration before then. There are of course a number of big stories that we could see the show tackle before then, whether it be Trump’s plans or larger international issues that don’t get enough attention. While we do love him lambasting the current administration as much as the next person, we at CarterMatt will be the first to admit that through our eyes, the true strength of this show is watching Oliver figure out ways to bring interesting issues to light that most of us as Americans were previously oblivious to.
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Meanwhile, be sure to click here to get our take on the most-recent Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment focusing on DACA from this past weekend’s show. (Photo: HBO.)