John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ Rips Off CNN’s Slogan in First Promo (Video)

The voiceover is writing checks that the new HBO show’s schedule can’t cash

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

John Oliver, “The Most Relied Upon Name in News,” released a flashy promo filled with empty promises on Friday for his upcoming HBO show, “Last Week Tonight.”

“We live in turbulent times — you need a show that moves at the speed of news,” says the clip’s opening voiceover. “A show whose schedule reflects our fast-paced world.”

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“A show that airs once a week, on Sunday nights at 11,” the former “Daily Show” correspondent and fill-in summer host clarifies.

The bickering over the immediacy of the once-weekly pay-tv comedy news program’s schedule continued between the V.O. and the host. Eventually, they move on to debate his slogan; the voiceover artist pretty much just wants to steal CNN’s tagline for the new HBO property.

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“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” will break news on a weekly basis beginning April 27.

According to a recent Q Scores study performed for TheWrap, Oliver ranks as the second most-liked late night TV host among adults.

Watch the promo:


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