John Oliver backs new TV series from Wyatt Cenac | Comic documentaries for HBO

John Oliver backs new TV series from Wyatt Cenac

Comic documentaries for HBO

American comedian Wyatt Cenac is to star in a topical comic documentary series executive produced by John Oliver.

The ten-episode series, which is yet to be named, will air in a late-night on  HBO next spring.

It is being made by Avalon Television, who also produce Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. They say: ‘Rather than sit behind a desk, he will undertake a journey to understand some of the big issues of the moment and investigate real-world solutions.

Nina Rosenstein, HBO’s executive vice president of programming said: ‘We’re thrilled to give Wyatt this opportunity to showcase his bold take on today’s social issues," said Rosenstein. "His ability to tackle tough topics with humor and insight makes this show a perfect addition to our late-night lineup.’

Oliver added: ‘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.’

From 2008 to 2012, Cenac was a writer and correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, while the album of his hour-long stand-up special, Brooklyn, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy for best comedy album

Other executive producers on the half-hour show, which is yet to be titled, include Cenac himself, head writer Diane Fitzgerald and Last Week Tonight producer Diane Fitzgerald.

Published: 17 Oct 2017

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