In 2014, HBO debuted Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which has received a significant amount of praise. HBO will try to recreate the magic, teaming with John Oliver and another former Daily Show correspondent.
HBO announced on Monday Emmy award winning comedian and writer Wyatt Cenac will be getting his own show next spring on HBO. Cenac will host and executive produce the comedic docu-series and will be joined on the producing team by Ezra Edelman (O.J.: Made in America), John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), and Hallie Haglund (The Daily Show). Haglund will also be the head writer.
“We’re thrilled to give Wyatt this opportunity to showcase his bold take on today’s social issues,”Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president, HBO Programming, said in the statement. “His ability to tackle tough topics with humor and insight makes this show a perfect addition to our late-night lineup.”
“While my initial ask to play one of Molly’s love interests on ‘Insecure’ was rejected, this is a nice consolation,” says Cenac. “My thanks to Nina, Casey Bloys and everyone at HBO for finally giving me a place where I can comfortably swear on television.”
The docu-series will be released in half-hour installments and will “take a satirical look at social and cultural issues from Cenac’s unique perspective.” Unlike Last Week Tonight, the new show won’t be shot in a studio with Cenac sitting “behind a desk.” Instead, the 41-year-old comedian will be in the field looking at the scenarios he’s discussing.
“Wyatt is one of the smartest, funniest, most curious people I know,” notes Oliver. “I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.”
Cenac has plenty of writing and acting credits to his name that make him qualified for this show:
Writing – King of the Hill, The Daily Show, and Night Train with Wyatt Cenac.
Acting – King of the Hill, UCB Comedy Originals, The Daily SHow, Fanboy & Chum Chum, Inside Amy Schumer, BoJack Horseman, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, and People of Earth.
The comedian won three Emmy Awards while writing for The Daily Show along with one WGA Award. The album he released for his hour-long standup special Brooklyn was nominated for a Grammy.
An exact date hasn’t been announced for the show’s premiere.