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John Oliver to star in weekly HBO comedy

November 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO says British comedian John Oliver is getting his own weekly show after his winning turn as substitute host for Jon Stewart.

Next year, Oliver’s Sunday night program will take a satirical look at current events for the week, HBO said Thursday.

HBO President Michael Lombardo said the channel wasn’t looking for another weekly talk show. But Lombardo said in a statement Oliver’s handling of “The Daily Show” in Stewart’s absence earlier this year convinced HBO his “distinct voice” belongs on the channel.

Stewart had been away directing a film.

Oliver thanked Stewart for teaching him everything he knows during his years with “The Daily Show” — then joked that if he fails, it’s entirely Stewart’s fault.

The debut date and title for Oliver’s new show were not announced.

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