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Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher

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  • Premiered: 
    February 21, 2003
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Talk
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Political
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Plot Synopsis

In this weekly, live, 60-minute program, Bill Maher offers his unique perspective on politics and current events through an opening monologue, one-on-one interviews, a roundtable debate with three panelists, his "New Rules" segment and a closing monologue.

HBO aired the Season 11 premiere of REAL TIME on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10pm ET, featuring a panel that included: Journalist Michelle Caruso-Cabrera; former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio); actor Martin Short; former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.); and journalist Rula Jebreal. Nearly ten months later, REAL TIME celebrated its 300th episode on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO, during which Maher interviewed Bill Binney, a former Technical Director and crypto-mathematician at the National Security Agency (NSA).

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER returned for its twelfth season on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO, with a season opener that featured these guests: journalist Glenn Greenwald; political consultant Mary Matalin; political commentator James Carville; former Governor Jennifer Granholm; and political analyst Steve Schmidt.

On Friday, January 9, 2015 at 10pm ET (live)/PT (tape), HBO premiered the 35-episode thirteenth season with Chris Hardwick as the top-of-show interview guest, comedian Jay Leno as the mid-show interview guest, and roundtable guests political commentator Paul Begala, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and author Salman Rushdie.

Season 15 of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER premiered on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO. The season opener features Oscar winner Jane Fonda as the top-of-show interview guest, correspondent Keith Olbermann as the mid-show interview guest, and these roundtable guests: economic equality advocate Heather McGhee; presidential historian Jon Meacham; and former Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

The sixteenth season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER premiered on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on HBO. Author Michael Wolff is the top-of-show interview guest. Activist Saru Jayaraman is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are journalist Andrew Sullivan and comedian Larry Wilmore.

Season 17 of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER premiered on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO. In the season opener, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the top-of-show interview guest. Athlete Marshawn Lynch is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are radio host Erick Erickson, former Mass. Rep. Barney Frank and columnist Catherine Rampell.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER returned for its eighteenth season on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on HBO. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the top-of-show interview guest. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are author and former Rep. Joe Walsh, journalist and co-founder of Recode Kara Swisher and author Jon Meacham.

Season 19 of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER premiere on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO. This week features a one-on-one, in-studio interview with former Senior Counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway. This week's in-studio panel discussion will include award-winning journalist and co-founder of Katie Couric Media, Katie Couric; and founder and host of "Kentucky Sports Radio" and the author of "Mitch, Please!," Matt Jones. The series is produced under COVID-19 guidelines without a studio audience.
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REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER concludes its 19th season on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 10pm ET/7pm PT on HBO. This week features a one-on-one, in-studio interview with author of "Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World" whose new special "China's Iron Fist" debuts November 21 on CNN and CNN International, Fareed Zakaria. This week's in-studio panel discussion will include former governor of New Jersey and author of the new book, "Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden," Chris Christie; and retired police officer, current Brooklyn Borough President, and Mayor-Elect of New York City, Eric Adams.

Fourteen months earlier, HBO announced that it renewed REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for two additional seasons, taking the series through its 20th season in 2022.

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