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HBO has renewed Last Week Tonight with John Oliver through 2020, securing the comedy news series for an impressive three additional seasons.
The news comes a week after the network confirmed Real Time with Bill Maher has also been renewed through 2020. Last Week Tonight is also nominated in eight categories at this Sunday's Emmy Awards, of which it has already won Outstanding Interactive Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming.
"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 programming president Casey Bloys in a statement to Variance. "His extraordinary genius for rich and intelligent commentary is second to none."
For his part, Oliver said: "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."
All of Last Week Tonight's upcoming seasons will consist of 30 weekly episodes.
The current season of Last Week Tonight airs Sunday nights at 11 p.m. EST on HBO.