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Inside the Secret Technology that Makes 'The Daily Show' and 'Last Week Tonight' Work

When you’re watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, you often see these comedians contextualize their commentary with short, specific news clips, like John Oliver’s use of a 5-second clip from a Bloomberg TV news show — just long enough to catch a newscaster saying “March Madness now brings in over a billion dollars in TV ad revenue” — in his recent NCAA segment.

Have you ever wondered where these clips come from? Does one Last Week Tonight employee watch hours of TV in the hopes that someone will drop a reference to the annual March [...]

'Last Week Tonight' Covers March Madness and the Greedy NCAA

To celebrate the start of March Madness this week, last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the NCAA's policy of not paying student athletes despite March Madness making over a billion dollars in ad revenue each year. The Last Week Tonight crew even made the most authentic college basketball video game yet called March Sadness, which allows players to discover what it's really like being the broke basketball players and the millionaires who coach them.

Selina Meyer Is the President We Deserve in the Season 4 'Veep' Trailer

Lots of people have been enjoying the insane, imaginary presidency of Frank Underwood on House of Cards since the new season debuted last week, but we all know who the best fake president is: Selina Meyer. And in this new trailer for the upcoming fourth season of Veep, we get to see her in action. The new season premieres Sunday, April 12 at 10:30PM on HBO.

'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' Gets a Double Season Renewal from HBO

Great news: HBO just announced that they've renewed Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for a third and fourth season. Each season will consist of 35 episodes to run in 2016 and 2017. "We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family," said HBO president Michael Lombardo on the news. "His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself." Last Week Tonight just kicked off its second season on February 8th, but it looks like HBO wisely wants Oliver and crew to stick around for a while.

Walton Goggins and Shea Whigham Join Danny McBride's HBO Comedy 'Vice Principals'

Last May, HBO ordered 18 episodes of a new comedy from Danny McBride and Jody Hill called Vice Principals, and today the network revealed two new cast members. According to Deadline, Justified and Sons of Anarchy alum Walton Goggins will star opposite Bride, while Boardwalk Empire's Shea Whigham has also been cast in a recurring role. Goggins will play Lee Russell, "a conniving politician who enters into an unholy alliance" with vice principal Neal Gamby (McBride). Whigham will play Ray Liptrapp, "the new husband of Gamby's ex (Busy Phillips) and frequent target of his hostility, despite being a genuine and supportive guy."

Watch the New Trailer for Season 2 of HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

Silicon Valley returns to HBO for a second season in just a couple weeks, and the pay network released a new trailer over the weekend featuring Zach Woods, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, and more. The new season premieres on Sunday, April 12th at 10:00pm.

Will Ferrell to Play on Ten Different Baseball Teams in an Upcoming HBO Special

HBO is teaming up with Funny or Die and Major League Baseball for a new special starring Will Ferrell. The pay network announced today that the untitled special will begin filming in Arizona tomorrow during spring training, and Ferrell will honor Bert "Campy" Campaneris by playing every position on the field for ten different teams throughout the day. The special will be dedicated to the fight against cancer through charities like Cancer for College and Stand Up To Cancer and is set to air on HBO later this year. Check out Ferrell's full game schedule below:

'Last Week Tonight' Makes America's Crumbling Infrastructure Sexy Again

Last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the crumbling infrastructure in the United States, from the thousands of uninspected dams across the country to bridges in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York that could realistically collapse at any minute: "When we're at a point where the Secretary of Transportation is struggling to decide between using the word 'unsafe' and the word 'dangerous,' we might have a problem worth fixing." Since no taxpayers or politicians seem interested in the very unglamorous job of routine road maintenance, Last Week Tonight enlisted the help of stars like Edward Norton, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Steve Buscemi to film an intense thriller called Infrastructure [...]

Mark Wahlberg and 'Entourage' Writers/Producers Developing a New HBO Comedy

Mark Wahlberg and former Entourage writers/executive producers Ally Musika and Stephen Levinson are developing a new comedy for HBO. Deadline reports that the trio are working on a series called Hyena based on the autobiographical book by Sirius hip-hop radio host Jude Angelini. Like the book, the series follows Angelini's "journey from growing up in a factory town outside of Detroit and explores drugs, sex, and the human condition." Levinson and Wahlberg are also behind the upcoming comedy Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry, which HBO ordered to series last year.

'Last Week Tonight' Takes on the Pharmaceutical Marketing Industry

Last Week Tonight finally returned for its second season on HBO last night, and John Oliver got right to work by covering the many shady ways pharmaceutical companies market to doctors, from free lunches and trips to Hooters to hiring doctors as paid spokespeople called "thought leaders." Or as Oliver puts it: "Drug companies are a bit like high school boyfriends: They're much more concerned with getting inside you than being effective once they're in there." Last Week Tonight even shares its very own pharmaceutical ad at the end featuring Brian Huskey as a well-paid "thought leader" in action.

'Last Week Tonight' Explores the "Hamster Wheel of Hell" of Municipal Violations

Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down the many problems surrounding municipal violation fines and why getting a ticket for a misdemeanor can potentially ruin the lives of those who can't afford to pay them up front.

'Last Week Tonight' Wonders Why Daylight Saving Time Is Still a Thing

Feeling extra tired this morning? Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight about the pointlessness of Daylight Saving Time, which has nothing to do with farming and is actually hurting us more than it's helping us.

'Last Week Tonight' Explores the Dangers of Elected Judges

An Alabama judge recently defied a federal ruling by banning same-sex marriages in the state, so Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the world of elected US judges — who mostly run unopposed — and why electing judges in the world of Super PACs and expensive, ridiculous, and very "Wade Blasingame"-like campaign ads might not be such a great idea.

HBO Is Developing Supernatural Comedy 'Incurable'

Not long after NBC ordered an adaptation of Australian supernatural comedy Strange Calls, HBO is getting in the supernatural comedy game too. THR reports the pay network is currently developing a series titled Incurable, which centers "on a support group for people with supernatural problems." Will Strouse will write and executive produce alongside Six Feet Under and The Newsroom's Alan Poul, who is also onboard to direct should the project land a pilot order.