Great news for fans of John Oliver’s insightful deep-dives into everything that’s wrong with everything: The cable network has renewed his buzzy weekly late-night show Last Week Tonight for another three seasons.
The deal is for a total of 90 shows, which keeps Oliver on the air through 2020 (or put another way: Oliver is guaranteed to stay on the air to nearly the end of Donald Trump’s first term).
“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,” said HBO entertainment president Casey Bloys in a statement. “His extraordinary genius for rich and intelligent commentary is second to none.”
To which Oliver replied: “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.”
Last Week Tonight is currently up for eight Emmy nominations — an important measure of success to HBO — and in 2016 took home three, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series, breaking Comedy Central’s long-held domination of the category (previously called Outstanding Variety Series), which for many years was ruled by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.