HBO has renewed John Oliver’s much buzzed about weekly series “Last Week Tonight” for an additional three seasons beyond the current fourth.
The series averages around thirty episodes per year. The new deal is for a total of ninety episodes which will keep Oliver on the air through 2020. HBO entertainment president Casey Bloys says in a statement:
“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.”
Oliver also gave a statement in the press release:
“First: I firmly disagree with everything Casey just said. Second: We’re very grateful to 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.”
As of this week, 112 episodes of the series have aired so far.