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John Oliver on Confusing 'Last Week Tonight' with Journalism: "The Correct Term for What We Do Is 'Comedy'"

"We are making jokes about the news and sometimes we need to research things deeply to understand them, but it’s always in service of a joke. If you make jokes about animals, that does not make you a zoologist. We certainly hold ourselves to a high standard and fact-check everything, but the correct term for what we do is 'comedy.'"

- John Oliver rejects the idea that Last Week Tonight is "engaging in a new kind of journalism" in a new interview with The New York Times.

HBO Is Developing a Comedy About Three Brothers in Los Angeles

HBO is working on a sibling comedy. Titled Bros, the series comes from Hand of God writer Benjamin Cory Jones and The Wire/Newsroom director Anthony Hemingway and follows "three African-American brothers — two straight, one gay and all very different — looking for love and happiness in Los Angeles." Hemingway will direct and executive produce the series alongside Mark Taylor and Lena Waithe, who also produced Justin Simien's new satire Dear White People. Click through to watch the trailer for the original pilot presentation called Bros Before Hos.

John Oliver Proposes a New Way to Measure Sugar in Food on 'Last Week Tonight'

In honor of Halloween, last night on Last Week Tonight John Oliver devoted over 10 minutes to exploring the deceiving world of the sugar industry and the fact that every American eats "Michael Cera's weight in sugar every year." The FDA is currently trying to get an "Added Sugars" category added to food products' nutritional labels, but Oliver has a much better idea in mind that'll make it easier for consumers to understand.

HBO Will Offer a Stand-Alone Streaming Service Next Year

HBO has finally caved to the rising popularity of streaming services like Netflix. In a press release today, the pay-network announced that it'll offer a stand-alone streaming service starting in 2015 that will not require a traditional cable subscription. "It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO," network chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said along with the announcement. "So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all [...]

'Last Week Tonight' Explains Why Police Can Seize Your Stuff Through Civil Forfeiture

If you're considering taking a drive with a bunch of cash in your car soon, you might want to check out the above clip from Last Week Tonight all about civil asset forfeiture, a policy cops use to get away with taking citizens' property and money — or as they call it, a way to buy "toys" like kegs of beer and margarita machines with "pennies from heaven." At the end of the clip, John Oliver even imagines a hit new cop drama called Law & Order: Civil Asset Forfeiture Unit featuring a couch that gets arrested, a house that gets frisked, and a cameo by the one and only [...]

Jon Stewart, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, and More Get a Salmon to the Face on 'Last Week Tonight'

Here's a clip from last night's season 1 Last Week Tonight finale, in which John Oliver and crew make their very own "salmon cannon" — only instead of shooting salmon upstream so they can spawn, Oliver shoots them at just about every television personality he knows, from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to Jimmy Fallon, Anderson Cooper, Homer Simpson, Tom Hanks, and more.

'Last Week Tonight' Made a Realistic Home Depot Commercial Starring Nick Offerman, H. Jon Benjamin, and Sarah Baker

Lowe's recently announced that they'll be testing out robot sales assistants in their stores this holiday season, so to help Home Depot deal with the competition, Last Week Tonight put together the above commercial starring who else but Nick Offerman as a helpful Home Depot employee, with Sarah Baker and H. Jon Benjamin playing the couple whose constant bickering in the store is alleviated thanks to Offerman's personal skills as a human employee.

Lisa Kudrow Returns as Valerie Cherish in HBO's 'The Comeback' Trailer

2005 cult hit The Comeback is returning for a limited six-episode run next month, and HBO just released the first trailer. The show's return is being treated as a "standalone event series" but might get a full season renewal if the episodes do well, so the true future of The Comeback is up to you.

John Oliver Has a Word for Pumpkin Spice Lovers

Before you head to your local Starbucks to buy a pumpkin spice latte, watch this clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in which Oliver breaks down Americans' love for the artificial seasonal flavor and the drink he calls "eggnog for morning people."

Jerrod Carmichael Has His First HBO Special, But Don't Worry — He's Not Nervous

At only 26 years old, he’s being called an “up-and-coming” comic, but Jerrod Carmichael knows who he is, knows what he’s good at, and thanks to his first television special (on HBO no less) directed by THE Spike Lee, soon everyone else will know who he is too.

He’s got a laid back vibe and comfort level of a much more seasoned comic, but when you know who you are and what you think, the confidence shines through like it does for Carmichael. And he’s not wrong. He may be chill, but he also happens to make you think while you’re laughing. Plus, the word is he’s one of the [...]

Here's the First Trailer for Season 4 of HBO's 'Girls'

The fourth season of Girls premieres on HBO Sunday, January 11th, and the network released the season trailer today that follows Hannah's new adventures at the University of Iowa. Now that HBO has a stand-alone streaming service planned for 2015, it'll be interesting to see whether they release the season premiere in full on YouTube like they have in the past.

Kyra Sedgwick to Star in an HBO Comedy About a Disillusioned Nun

While Amy Poehler is developing an NBC comedy about an agnostic woman who inherits a church, Entertainment Weekly reports that Kyra Sedgwick is going the opposite route. Sedgwick has partnered with The New Adventures of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer to create and star in a half-hour HBO comedy about a nun who leaves the church. The untitled single-cam show will center on Sedgwick as Kate, a disillusioned nun who walks away from her vocation: "No longer 'Sister Katherine,' she’s turned her back on her old life and now finds herself coming of age, trying to figure out who she is without her vows and what it [...]

'Last Week Tonight' Created an All-Animal Supreme Court Reenactment Tool Kit

During last night's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver and crew created a solution for the longstanding rule against cameras in the Supreme Court by making an impressive 10-minute clip of an all-animal Court without audio. Check out the full clip below, then sync it up with your favorite Supreme Court case audio here.

Watching Roseanne's Early Standup and Secret Sitcom Pilot

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.)

Before we begin, I must first make a confession. My knowledge of Roseanne Barr's comedy is based solely on my memories of [...]