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Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher

  • 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. Season 16 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.
On Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT, HBO premiered the Season 16 finale of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. Congressman Eric Swalwell is the top-of-show guest, Garry Kasparov is the mid-show interview, and Van Jones, Nancy MacLean & Steve Schmidt participate in the panel discussion.

Fourteen months earlier -- on September 6, 2017 -- HBO announced it renewed REAL TIME through 2020, taking the series through its 18th season. REAL TIME will return for its seventeenth season in January 2019.