‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ gets three-season renewal

HBO says it has renewed “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” for three additional seasons. Enlarge photo

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HBO says it has renewed “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” for three additional seasons.

NEW YORK – “Last Week Tonight” is going to last a few years longer. HBO says it has renewed “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” for three additional seasons. This would carry it through at least 2020, with 30 shows presented each season.

The show takes a satirical look at the past week’s news, politics and other happenings, as well as addressing broader issues. It debuted in 2014 and is in its fourth season.

This year it is nominated for eight prime-time Emmy Awards.

In a statement, HBO programming president Casey Bloys spoke of Oliver’s “extraordinary genius for rich and intelligent commentary.”

Oliver responded, “I firmly disagree with everything Casey just said.”

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Mountain.