TCA: John Oliver gets HBO weekly comedy series

A John Oliver HBO comedy series — brilliant idea! The comedian will give a fresh satirical look at politics and current events in a Sunday evening comedy series coming to HBO this spring. At the Television Critics Association 2014 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena a sprightly Oliver took the stage and gave credit to The Daily Show and Jon Stewart for landing him his new gig.

John-Oliver-HBO-comedy-series “I think it was probably the main reason why I’m here now,” Oliver says. “It was a bizarre, exciting, and terrifying experience. … I set myself the achievable goal of just not destroying that particular franchise. So the fact that it’s still there and Jon is still doing it — I took that as a W in the win column.”

He took another W in the win column for ending what was a long day of non-stop press sessions and being the most entertaining session of the day. When a critic asked if he was going to be around in the morning to see Sarah Palin as she’s hosting a breakfast with Sportsman Channel to promote her new travel series Amazing America With Sarah Palin, Oliver quipped: “Good for her. So she has a new show on the Sports Channel, does she? She’s going to do to sports what she did to politics.”

Oliver did get sincere when discussing how Stewart has served as a mentor to him.“He has been invaluable over the last seven and a half years of my life in almost everything,” Oliver says. “So I talked to him about this decision, and he’s been amazing. He’s absolutely as a comedian, I’m almost allergic to sincerity, but he has been incredible.”he writers.

Oliver is bringing The Daily Show head writer Tim Carvell with him to HBO to run the show with me.