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'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.

John Oliver on 'Last Week Tonight's Extended Segments: "There Has to Be Protein Along with Dessert"

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver returns to HBO for its second, 35-episode season this Sunday, and ahead of its debut THR spoke with Oliver about what he learned from season 1 as well as what we can expect from the upcoming episodes. The show won't stray much from last season's format, but Oliver revealed that four new researchers have been added to the Last Week Tonight staff from The New York Times Magazine, ProPublica, and Al Jazeera. Oliver's most interesting response came when he was asked about the success of Last Week Tonight's trademark extended segments:

Though the extended segment was something the show made signature [...]

John Oliver Auditions for the '50 Shades of Grey' Sequel

Ahead of the season 2 Last Week Tonight premiere on February 8th, here's a brand new web exclusive featuring John Oliver giving a "condescending half-hearted apology" for his recent #NotMyChristian Twitter campaign after it was announced that Jamie Dornan was cast as Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Despite the fact that the movie has already been filmed and Oliver has never read the book, he records an on-the-spot audition to prove that he's the "epitome of male beauty" and deserves the lead role in the inevitable sequel.

'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.

Check Out Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, and More in the 'Silicon Valley' Season 2 Trailer

HBO's breakout comedy Silicon Valley is back for a second season this year, and the pay network just dropped the first trailer and premiere date. From T.J. Miller to Thomas Middleditch to Kumail Nanjiani to Martin Starr, the whole gang's back for a new batch of episodes on Sunday, April 12th at 10:00pm.

Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith Join Lorne Michaels' New HBO Pilot

Lorne Michaels is producing a new pilot for HBO. THR reports that the pay network is currently developing a comedy pilot called Brothers in Atlanta from former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. The duo will star as "struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black mecca of Atlanta." SNL alum Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith have both signed on for recurring roles — Rudolph will play Moose's boss and former "R&B diva" Shirle, while Smith will play Curtis, Langston's "rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income." Riddle and Salahuddin had [...]

Mike Myers Signs a Two-Year Overall Deal with HBO

Mike Myers is calling HBO home for the next two years. The pay network announced today that Myers has teamed up with HBO for a two-year overall talent deal, which "includes TV exclusivity and runs for two years." No Myers HBO projects have been revealed yet. "Mike Myers is one of the great comedy minds of this or any other era," HBO exec Michael Lombardo in a statement. "The opportunity to collaborate with a talent of his stature is tremendously exciting."

'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."

Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore's 'Insecure' Lands a Pilot Order at HBO

After a year in a half of development, Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore's HBO show has finally landed a season order, Deadline reports. Titled Insecure, the pilot is inspired by Rae's hit web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl and will follow "the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman" and star Rae. It's unclear whether Wilmore will remain heavily involved in the show due to his new Comedy Central series, but Deadline reports he is still attached as an executive producer.

HBO Renews Duplass Brothers Comedy 'Togetherness' for a Second Season

The Duplass brothers' new HBO show Togetherness just landed a season 2 renewal. THR reports that the pay network has ordered a second season of the comedy-drama to premiere sometime next year. "We began our love affair with HBO in our parents’ living room in 1983," the brothers said in a statement, "and to have these brilliant, creative people put a ring on our fingers with a second season of Togetherness is a real-life dream come true." The new season will film in Los Angeles later this year, which will keep the Duplass guys super busy considering four-movie movie deal with Netflix they signed last week.