John Oliver is expanding his creative influence at HBO, with the Emmy award-winning Last Week Tonight host teaming with fellow The Daily Show alum Wyatt Cenac for a new docuseries at the premium cable network. Cenac, Oliver and Ezra Edelman will serve as executive producers; as will Hallie Haglund (The Daily Show), who will also serve as head writer. Diane Fitzgerald will co-executive produce the series, which will be produced through Avalon Television.
Slated for a Spring 2018 debut, the ten-episode series (still untitled as of this writing) will take a satirical look at social and cultural issues from Cenac’s unique perspective. But to get to the heart of each issue, Cenac will be leaving the studio behind and hitting the open road on a journey to understand some of the biggest issues of the moment and investigate real-world solutions.
“While my initial ask to play one of Molly’s love interests on ‘Insecure’ was rejected, this is a nice consolation. My thanks to Nina (Rosenstein), Casey Bloys and everyone at HBO for finally giving me a place where I can comfortably swear on television.”
Cenac (People of Earth, Bojack Horseman) was a writer and correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 2008-2012, where he earned three Emmy Awards and one Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award. His stand-up comedy album Brooklyn was nominated for a 2015 Grammy for Best Comedy Album; and he’s currently starring in the feature film I Do…Until I Don’t.
Oliver signed on to host his HBO late-night series Last Week Tonight in 2013, shortly after leaving The Daily Show. Receiving strong critical praise for his satirical take on news, politics, and cultural issues, Oliver and the show won three Primetime Emmys during this year’s Emmy awards ceremony (including Outstanding Variety Talk Series). HBO recently renewed the show through its 2020 season.
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