VIDEO: John Oliver Takes on Sex Ed & More on LAST WEEK TONIGHT
HBO continued presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues with a new edition of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER on SUNDAY, AUG. 9 (11:30-midnight ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
This week's topics included the first GOP debate of the 2016 presidential election, the reaction in India after the government temporarily banned 857 pornography sites, an evaluation of Whole Foods' marketing strategies, and the discrepancies in sex education throughout the United States, including Last Week Tonight's own sex education video featuring surprise celebrity guests.
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 9 (2:30 a.m.), 10 (5:15 p.m., 1:30 a.m.), 12 (1:00 a.m.) and 13 (4:15 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 10 (7:30 p.m.), 11 (9:30 p.m.), 14 (5:30 p.m.), 15 (1:00 a.m.) and 16 (5:00 p.m.)
The show is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night. Taped in New York a few hours before it debuts on HBO, the show features a mix of Oliver's topical commentary on the previous week's events, pre-taped pieces and occasional guests.
LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER has been nominated for four Primetime Emmys®, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. The show previously received a Writers Guild Award in the category of Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series.
In the first season, which concluded last November, Oliver covered a wide range of topics, from net neutrality and Uganda's anti-LGBT laws, to Miss America, climate change and civil forfeiture abuse by the police.
Hailing LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER as "2014's best show," the Huffington Post called it "one of the defining conversation starters in both popular culture and news media," praising "a winning star, astute tactics and a self-awareness that's remarkably on point." In addition, it was named to "best of" lists for the year by the AP, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, TIME, Vanity Fair, the Boston Globe, the Detroit News, Rolling Stone and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others. Videos featuring content from the show, as well as original material designed exclusively for the web, have been viewed by millions of people.
The show has been renewed for its third and fourth seasons. Consisting of 35 shows apiece, season three will run on HBO in 2016, to be followed by season four in 2017.
LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER is produced for HBO by Avalon Television; executive producers, John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Jon Thoday, James Taylor; co-executive producer, Liz Stanton; producer, Diane Fitzgerald; director, Jim Hoskinson.