John Oliver Extends HBO Contract Through 2020


John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight,” which debuted in 2014 and will be on HBO through at least the next presidential election.

Eric Liebowitz/HBO, via Associated Press

John Oliver will be on HBO through the next presidential election.

HBO announced on Tuesday that it had signed its late-night star to a new three-year deal, keeping Mr. Oliver’s weekly Sunday night show “Last Week Tonight” on the air through at least 2020.

The move was a no brainer for the premium cable channel, which needs a variety of popular content to continue enticing people to sign up for its stand-alone app, HBO Now, and retain viewers who pay to watch it on cable. Mr. Oliver’s show won the best variety show Emmy last year, and is a favorite to repeat at the Emmys this Sunday.

Mr. Oliver, a former correspondent for “The Daily Show,” has committed to doing 30 episodes per season. “Last Week Tonight” debuted in 2014.

Though there had been sweeping change to the late-night landscape in the last few years, it looks as if the current players will be around for a while. Jimmy Fallon is signed through 2021 with NBC, Jimmy Kimmel’s deal with ABC goes through 2019 and Conan O’Brien will have a late-night show on TBS through at least 2022.

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