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John Oliver Highlights the Depressing Reality of Farming Chickens

On last night's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took aim at the situation that modern chicken farms find themselves in which — surprise! — is a pretty unpleasant one. But at least it's an unpleasant story told with an abundance of jangly acoustic guitar music, which helps.

HBO Orders David Fincher's '80s Music Video Comedy to Series

David Fincher is set to be HBO's newest showrunner. According to THR, the pay network has officially ordered Fincher's '80s music video comedy, tentatively titled Video Synchronicity, to series. The show follows a man named Robby, "a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a production assistant for a company that makes music videos." Red Band Society's Charlie Rowe will star as Robby, and Sam Page, Jason Flemyng, Kerry Condon, Elizabeth Lail, Corbin Bensen, and Paz Vega reportedly will round out the cast. Fincher's show joins a list of recently ordered [...]

'Last Week Tonight' Breaks Down the Fashion Industry's Dark Secrets

Last night's Last Week Tonight took a look at some of the most popular cheap clothing companies in the US, examining how companies like H&M, Walmart, and Joe Fresh manage to rack up piles of money every year with their dirt cheap (and quality) clothing and how The Gap has continued to thrive despite its long history of sweatshop labor. Oliver and crew decided that the only way to show clothing brands that we care about unfair labor practices would be to deliver the message in a language they can understand: the Spring Collection of Your Lunch Tomorrow.

HBO Orders a Pilot and Standup Special by Whitney Cummings

Comedian and 2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings is going into business with HBO. Deadline reports that the pay network has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy from Cummings based on Maureen Dowd's 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. Cummings created the series and will also write and star in the pilot, which is described as — and get ready for it, because it's a mouthful — "a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior." In addition to the pilot, [...]

Martin Sheen and 'Last Week Tonight' Make the Perfect Doomsday Video

Earlier this year, CNN's top secret doomsday video leaked online, but Last Week Tonight decided it was a little too depressing and in need of a more celebratory update. So with a little help from Martin Sheen, the show put together a doomsday video full of some of humanity's greatest accomplishments and an ending that's much more upbeat; it's a goodbye video we can all take pride in during our final few minutes on Earth.

'Last Week Tonight' Explains Why Working Mothers Have It the Worst

To celebrate Mother's Day, last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the many American companies and lawmakers who claim to love and support mothers but don't support paid maternity leave in the US, which is one of only two countries in the world to not provide paid time off for new mothers. "You can't go on and on about how much you love mothers," John Oliver says, "and then fail to support legislation that makes life easier for them." After playing a bunch of mushy Mother's Day ads, Oliver debuted a brand new ad made by Last Week Tonight that celebrates mothers without confusing them into thinking [...]

John Oliver Explains Why Standardized Testing Is Bad for Everyone

Last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at No Child Left Behind, Common Core, and the last decade of standardized testing in the US, which hasn't helped students and teachers as much as it's helped Pearson Education, which John Oliver says is "the educational equivalent of Time Warner Cable: Either you've never had an interaction with them and don't care, or they have ruined your fucking life." But just when the segment starts to get too real, look, a dancing monkey!

How George Carlin Changed Comedy In His First HBO Special

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Comedian Todd Glass doesn’t find any power behind saying “I swear to God,” he’s created a version of the phrase that allows him to properly [...]

Lena Dunham Says Season 6 of 'Girls' Will Probably Be Its Last

Lena Dunham is currently filming the fifth season of Girls, and while it hasn't officially been renewed for a sixth season yet, Dunham recently told Variety that season 6 will most likely be the show's final run. "I think America has a tendency to push shows past their due dates," she said. "I like the British model — in and out." Dunham isn't sure yet where Girls will leave Hannah at the very end: "Will she be with anyone? That's the question. And how important is it ending up with someone, and is that the marker of success for a woman?" If you're sad that Girls won't extend [...]

HBO Orders Sharon Horgan Comedy 'Divorce' Starring Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO. Deadline reports that the pay network has given a series order to a new comedy by Pulling creator Sharon Horgan called Divorce with Parker attached to star. The single-cam comedy centers on Parker as Frances, "a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought." Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, and Talia Balsam are set to costar and Horgan will executive produce, making it her very first US comedy series. Horgan most recently starred opposite Rob Delaney in the Channel 4 comedy [...]

HBO Orders an Amy Schumer Standup Special Directed by Chris Rock

The wonderful Amy Schumer is officially headed to HBO for her own standup special. The pay-network announced today that it's ordered its first standup special starring Schumer to air later this year, and Chris Rock will serve as director. "Amy is one of the most inspired comics working today, and we hope her first HBO special marks the start of a long and beautiful relationship," said HBO president Michael Lombardo. "This event is even more special because our good friend, the incredibly talented Chris Rock, is directing." The special will tape at the Apollo Theater in New York on May 29th.

HBO Orders Lorne Michaels-Produced 'Brothers in Atlanta' to Series

Earlier this year it was announced that HBO had put into development a Lorne Michaels-produced series called Brothers in Atlanta, a comedy written by and starring former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin as "struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black mecca of Atlanta." Today, Variety reports that the pay network has officially ordered Brothers in Atlanta to series, and as previously reported, Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith will have recurring roles, and Tim Story (Ride Along, Fantastic Four) will direct. Brothers in Atlanta marks Lorne Michaels's very first [...]

Chris Rock on HBO's 'Real Sports': "Baseball Is Dying. Literally."

Here's a new clip from HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel featuring comedian and longtime baseball fan Chris Rock, who takes on baseball's growing diversity issues, explains why most black people just don't love the sport anymore, and breaks down why this should be extremely troubling for those in the industry: "You lose black America, you lose young America," Rock warns. "And make no mistake: Baseball is losing."

HBO Orders Six New Episodes of 'High Maintenance'

First it was a web series, then it was Vimeo's first original show, and now, Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair's hit comedy High Maintenance is headed to HBO. According to Dave Itzkoff at The New York Times, the pay network has picked up six new episodes of High Maintenance. A premiere date hasn't been revealed yet, but could we ask for better 4/20 news than this? For more on the series, check out our interview with Blichfeld and Sinclair and complete review of the latest season.

UPDATE: HBO will also air the previous 19 episodes of High Maintenance on HBO, HBO NOW, and HBO GO [...]