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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.
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On Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10pm ET (live)/PT (tape), HBO premiered the 500th episode of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. Historian Allan Lichtman is the top-of-show interview guest. Columnist Dr. Debra Soh is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are journalist Thom Hartmann, political consultant Liz Mair and columnist Dan Savage.

Twenty one months earlier -- on September 6, 2017 -- HBO announced it renewed REAL TIME through 2020, taking the series through its 18th season.

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