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June 11, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. Monday night will go down in history as the night that John Oliver began an eight-week stint substituting for Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's “The Daily Show.” Stewart, said Oliver, was “going to a small Italian village to learn how cobble shoes,” but in fact he is directing a movie. It's called “Rosewater,” is based on a book by Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, and it isn't a comedy; though it will surely not be without comedy.
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April 26, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 27 - May 3, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Tweens and pre-tweens can get an eyeful and an earful of their favorite performers at the "2014 Radio Disney Music Awards. " 8 p.m. Disney Channel Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of literary lion Ernest Hemingway, tells of her famous family's troubled history in "Running From Crazy.
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May 2, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
We all knew it was coming, and now there's a date: Jon Stewart will be absent from "The Daily Show" beginning June 10. He'll be replaced by correspondent John Oliver for eight weeks. What's Stewart going to be doing during that time? Directing his first feature film, titled "Rosewater" and adapted from the nonfiction book "Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" by journalist Mazir Bahari. Meanwhile, "Daily Show" fans will get to know Oliver a little better.
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April 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - John Oliver will have the crab cakes - but that's all, thanks. In a private dining room at HBO's plush headquarters overlooking Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, a waitress in a crisp black uniform asks the 37-year-old comedian if he'd like anything else - perhaps some soup or salad? He declines with a polite insistence that suggests he's not quite used to all the luxurious trappings. Then, as soon as the waitress leaves the room, he launches into a riff about possibly sinister deeds going on behind the scenes at HBO. "I don't know what happens here," he says, "This is, like, unsettlingly nice.
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July 23, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The royal baby has finally been born and not since, well, Duchess Kate first announced her pregnancy has the media been swept up in such a frenzy of anglophilia. Even “The Daily Show” got in on the action Monday night. “Obviously, there is a lot to talk about,” began John Oliver. “Who am I kidding? There is exactly one thing to talk about.” FULL COVERAGE: A royal baby is born Following a news clip announcing the baby boy's arrival, the host erupted in a fit of joy. “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!
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April 24, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out what to delete from my DVR. The Skinny: The Redskins 2014 schedule came out Wednesday. For the next 4-1/2 months, I can look at it and dream of a 14-2 season. Come September, reality will set in. Thursday's headlines include William Hurt pulling out of the movie "Midnight Rider" and concerns about the FCC's plans for new net neutrality rules . Also, John Oliver gets ready to launch his new HBO show. Daily Dose: A memorial for Lucy Hood, the president of the Television Academy who died this month of cancer, will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre at the Academy's North Hollywood headquarters.
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February 12, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
John Oliver admirers, take note: HBO has finally confirmed the title and launch date of the former "Daily Show" correspondent's new show. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will make its debut April 27 at 11 p.m. PDT. The series, which was announced last November, takes a satirical look at the week in news -- sort of similar to the mimicking his former boss Jon Stewart is known for, but not exactly, Oliver stressed when addressing reporters in...
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June 12, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
In his second day at the helm of “The Daily Show,” John Oliver continued to riff on the unfolding story of the National Security Agency's vast phone and Internet surveillance program .  On Tuesday night, he focused on parsing the conservative response to the news. In something of a rarity, Republicans so far seem divided into two separate camps -- as Oliver dubbed them, “Team Everybody Calm Down” and “Team Everybody Freak Out.” Representing the former is Arizona Sen. John McCain, who when asked by CNN's Candy Crowley whether he was bothered by the revelations, replied simply, “No, not really.” Oliver's comment: “Nobody understands sophisticated technology better than cantankerous old men.  Are you sure we don't want to ask someone younger than dirt?
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November 15, 2013 | By Joe Flint
  After the coffee. Before figuring out this whole life thing. The Skinny: Thursday I worked from 5:30 a.m. until about 8:10 p.m. and unfortunately I won't be able to mail it in today. But to paraphrase Hyman Roth, this is the life I have chosen. Friday's roundup includes the box office preview and Comcast's plans to sell movies through its cable boxes. Also, John Oliver is jumping from Comedy Central to HBO. Daily Dose: On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission clarified its rules on foreign ownership of broadcast television and radio properties.
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April 23, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
When John Oliver left "The Daily Show" in December to launch a new weekly show on HBO, host Jon Stewart surprised him with a video tribute to his 7-1/2 years on the Comedy Central show. Overcome with emotion, Oliver broke down in tears and gave Stewart a very heartfelt hug by way of departure. Many fans at the time were charmed by this genuine display of emotion. But Oliver's friends back in England hated it. In advance of the premiere of his new HBO show, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," the comedian appeared on "The Tonight Show," where host Jimmy Fallon quizzed him about his on-air sobbing.
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April 24, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert stopped by "Late Show" to say hello to David Letterman, whom he will be replacing next year. On Wednesday, Colbert returned to "The Daily Show" to tell Jon Stewart how he had "won television. " Colbert got his start as a correspondent on "The Daily Show" from 1997 until 2005 when he left to host his own show, "The Colbert Report. " But on Wednesday, Colbert had to break the news to Stewart that he was ending his show, which airs immediately after "The Daily Show," to go to CBS. Stewart already knew this, but it didn't stop Colbert from breaking the news to him again.
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April 24, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out what to delete from my DVR. The Skinny: The Redskins 2014 schedule came out Wednesday. For the next 4-1/2 months, I can look at it and dream of a 14-2 season. Come September, reality will set in. Thursday's headlines include William Hurt pulling out of the movie "Midnight Rider" and concerns about the FCC's plans for new net neutrality rules . Also, John Oliver gets ready to launch his new HBO show. Daily Dose: A memorial for Lucy Hood, the president of the Television Academy who died this month of cancer, will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre at the Academy's North Hollywood headquarters.
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April 23, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
When John Oliver left "The Daily Show" in December to launch a new weekly show on HBO, host Jon Stewart surprised him with a video tribute to his 7-1/2 years on the Comedy Central show. Overcome with emotion, Oliver broke down in tears and gave Stewart a very heartfelt hug by way of departure. Many fans at the time were charmed by this genuine display of emotion. But Oliver's friends back in England hated it. In advance of the premiere of his new HBO show, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," the comedian appeared on "The Tonight Show," where host Jimmy Fallon quizzed him about his on-air sobbing.
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April 23, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by "The View" on Monday and told departing host Barbara Walters that he was declaring May 16 "Barbara Walters Day. " May 16 is Walters' final day on "The View" and her last day as TV personality. The 84-year-old broadcaster is planning to retire when her time on the show she co-created ends. The mayor called Walters a "living legend" for over 50 years. Walters, ever the master of the subtle dig, told De Blasio, "It's very kind. Mayor Bloomberg never did this for me. " PHOTOS: Talk show hosts who didn't make the cut De Blasio replied, "Times are changing.
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April 10, 2014 | By Meg James
Comedy Central now has a late-night problem. CBS' announcement that Stephen Colbert would take over "The Late Show" next year when David Letterman retires leaves a huge gap in Comedy Central's marquee lineup.  For nearly a decade, "The Colbert Report" has been a trusty follow-up to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and the pair delivered a formidable one-two punch that became one of the main sources of turmoil for rivals in the late-night TV...
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February 12, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
John Oliver admirers, take note: HBO has finally confirmed the title and launch date of the former "Daily Show" correspondent's new show. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will make its debut April 27 at 11 p.m. PDT. The series, which was announced last November, takes a satirical look at the week in news -- sort of similar to the mimicking his former boss Jon Stewart is known for, but not exactly, Oliver stressed when addressing reporters in...
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April 26, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 27 - May 3, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Tweens and pre-tweens can get an eyeful and an earful of their favorite performers at the "2014 Radio Disney Music Awards. " 8 p.m. Disney Channel Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of literary lion Ernest Hemingway, tells of her famous family's troubled history in "Running From Crazy.
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December 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It's a rare thing to see a comedian get turned into a blubbering mess of tears on national TV, but that's exactly what happened Thursday night as "The Daily Show" bid farewell to one of their own. Longtime correspondent (and recent fill-in host) John Oliver left the show this week to start his own comedy show on HBO. And as a way of sending him off in style, Stewart faked Oliver into thinking he was doing a comedy bit on nuts left around Buckingham Palace for the queen to snack on and then pulled a switcheroo and presented him with a "greatest hits" tribute.
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January 10, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
John Oliver would like nothing more than to watch Sarah Palin "spoon little flakes of cornflakes into a bowl. " Told that the doyenne of far-right Republican politics would be hosting a media breakfast at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena as part of the Television Critics Assn. media tour, Oliver said he was seriously considering staying the night. "Sarah Palin at a breakfast bar, I think my life could just be over at that point," he said. "There is a significant voice in my head that says, 'Check in and go to breakfast.' I'm sure she does a heavy breakfast with loads of moose-based bagels.
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January 10, 2014 | By Martin Miller
Sarah Palin brought some of that polar vortex feeling to the winter TV press tour in Pasadena on Friday morning. The former vice presidential candidate blew into town carrying a simple message from the frozen hinterlands: Watch her new show, "Amazing America," which will begin airing on the small cable network Sportsman Channel in the spring. She had other messages, of course, conveyed during a sit-down breakfast with reporters who later rose from their chairs to swarm the former Alaska governor as she made her way out of the small ballroom at the Langham Hotel.
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