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'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.

Here's the First Trailer for Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry's HBO Comedy 'Ballers'

Over a year ago, HBO ordered a new comedy called Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson as a former all-pro running back and Rob Corddry as his "former boss-turned-socially inept financial advisor," and the pay network recently released the first trailer. Ballers debuts after True Detective's season 2 premiere on HBO Sunday, June 21st at 10:00pm.

John Oliver and Michael Bolton Stick Up for the IRS Through the Power of Song

In anticipation of Tax Day this Wednesday, last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the the one government agency everyone loves to hate: the IRS. It's been an uphill battle for IRS employees (or as John Oliver calls them, "the physical equivalent of Ambien") for the last several years between dramatic budget cuts and losing over 13,000 employees since 2010, and Oliver thinks it's time to give them a break: "We don't need to love the IRS or even like them, but after decades of us calling them Nazis and sending them mustard, I think they may deserve at least a few minutes of at least grudging [...]

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 [...]

'Veep' Isn't About the First Female President (Thank God)

Imagine an original comedy about The First Woman President. Between media pressure (“Is she powerful enough?”) and network notes (“Is she relatable enough?”) and focus group testing (“She should be hotter, but not like, too hot?”) it would likely endure as much tweaking, flattening and deadening as the Clinton campaign put into Hillary’s announcement video (Clinton 2016!). Every scene would be plagued by questions like, “Do we really want to imply that this is how The First Female President would behave in the War Room?” or “But can we really let The First Woman President refuse to pardon both turkeys just because she’s on her period?” Every plot point would [...]

Here's the First Trailer for HBO's 'The Brink' Starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins

HBO's new comedy The Brink premieres on Sunday, June 21st at 10:30pm, and the pay network released the first trailer today. Starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, the series follows a low-level military officer (Black) and the Secretary of State (Robbins) during a geopolitical crisis. Aasif Mandvi, Pablo Schreiber, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, and Geoff Pierson also star.

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 [...]

HBO Renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

HBO is doubling down on its hit comedies. The pay network announced today that it's renewed Silicon Valley and Veep for their third and fifth seasons, respectively. Both shows kicked off their latest seasons on HBO last night. Veep creator Armando Iannucci will leave at the end of this season, and former Curb Your Enthusiasm director/executive producer David Mandel has signed on to replace him next year. "Veep and Silicon Valley are terrific series, and I’m immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year," said HBO's Michael Lombardo on the news. "Along with Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, both of which [...]

"Politicians Aren't Geniuses, They're Human Beings": Matt Walsh and the Humanity of 'Veep'

That Veep is the funniest show on television is certainly debatable, but there’s no doubt no other show has better insults. Take Selina Meyer’s description of former White House liaison Jonah Ryan, for example.

“You let that unstable piece of human scaffolding into your house?”

Every episode is stocked with similarly exquisite putdowns. And except for Jonah, no one is at the receiving end of them more than Meyer’s Communications Director Mike McClintock, superbly played by Matt Walsh.

With Meyer assuming the role of president in Season 4, that means we’ll also be seeing more of McClintock in his heightened role as White House Press Secretary.

I recently had [...]