It’s going to be a long road to 2020, so we’ll need an indignant, British voice of reason on Sunday nights. HBO is happy to oblige, extending John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight for an additional three seasons. Break out the Bud Light Lime!
The upcoming Lion King will bear only a slight resemblance to the Disney animated classic families know and love. As with director Jon Favreau’s earlier rework of The Jungle Book, this film will shoot in live-action (a questionable term when all of the main characters are computer-generated imaged, but whatever) and eschew the musical numbers of the original film. A new casting notice has apprised us of yet another change to the fabric of the film, specifically that Simba’s toucan pal Zazu will now spend the film pointing emphatically to graphics in the upper-left-hand corner of the screen and screaming at fictitious office coworker Janice in Accounting.
The Daily Show has gone on long enough that you’d have a hard time picking any one dream cast to reunite. Nevertheless, Stephen Colbert may have found it, setting joint Late Show appearances for Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Samantha Bee and more.
HBO has a lot to look forward to in 2017, including the returns of both Game of Thrones and Curb Your Enthusiasm, but if British men shouting is your thing, they’ve got you covered too. Welcome back John Oliver for 2017, as HBO goes all-out with the hits to promote Last Week Tonight Season 4.
Whether or not you’re ready to say goodbye to HBO’s Girls, the end is officially nigh. HBO has formally set a date for the final episodes of Lena Dunham’s twenty-something trials, along with a badly-needed return date for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, and a premiere for Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes’ Crashing.
Whether or not your personal politics ended up validated over the last few weeks, few would argue that 2016 has at least proven a challenging year. Certainly not John Oliver, who used the final Last Week Tonight of the year to look back on Trump’s election, and literally blow up 2016 with a spectacular goodbye.
If nothing else, the events of 2016 have gone to show us just how wrong presumptions can be, whether potentially hilarious presidential bids, or century-long baseball curses. Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver learned both the hard way, recalling past Daily Show clips in which he’d made catastrophically bad taunts in hindsight.
We’ve reached that final lull of summer, wherein superhero movies and even HBO’s Last Week Tonight take a minor breather before the fall. Thankfully, John Oliver managed to fill both absences, offering up his take on superhero movies, and even creating one of his own.