'Real Time with Bill Maher' Renewed For Two Seasons By HBO

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April 24th, 2012

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            LOS ANGELES, April 24, 2012 – HBO has renewed REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for its 11th and 12th seasons, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. Currently in its tenth season, the talk show has been picked up through 2014 as part of Maher’s new three-year deal with the network.

“Bill Maher’s irreverent wit and fearless insights make him the perfect observer for these unpredictable times,” noted Lombardo. “I’m delighted that we can continue to offer an uncensored forum for his original and thoughtful humor.”

Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER debuts new editions on Friday nights (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT). The show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with in-studio and satellite guests, and was hailed as “hands down the funniest show on TV” in Rolling Stone by “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane, who added, “It surprises me more than any other show I watch.” At 4.1 million viewers per episode this season, REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER’s gross audience is the highest for the series in three years.

Bill Maher has been favorite of subscribers since his first special on the network in 1989, starring in nine solo specials, including the hour-long presentations “Bill Maher…But I’m Not Wrong,” “The Decider” and “I’m Swiss” (both nominated for an Emmy® in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special category), “Victory Begins at Home,” “Be More Cynical,” “The Golden Goose Special” and “Stuff That Struck Me Funny,” and two half-hour stand-up specials, plus the specials “30 Seconds Over Washington” and “Comic Relief VI™.”

He was the creator and host of “Politically Incorrect,” which was produced by HBO Downtown Productions and debuted on Comedy Central in 1993. The series moved to ABC in 1997 and ran through 2002.

His latest book, “The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass,” was published in November and made the New York Times bestseller list. Maher’s 2006 book, “New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer,” also made the New York Times list, as well as bestseller lists across the country. He is also author of the books “When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism,” “Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? The Best of Politically Incorrect” and the novel “True Story.” Maher produced and starred in the 2008 feature film “Religulous,” the seventh most successful documentary of all time.

Season ten credits: The executive producers of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER are Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Brad Grey, Marc Gurvitz and Billy Martin; executive producer for HBO, Nancy Geller; produced by Dean E. Johnsen; directed by Paul Casey.


  • Bob

    He is so foul, but people seem to love him. Good for those who watch this show. I don’t and won’t but you guys enjoy!!!

  • H5O Fan

    I am happy for fans of this show, and I don’t say this very often, but I can’t stand this man. He is the essence of want is wrong with people today, smug and arrogant, and want he believes is the only right way.

  • Jack

    I enjoy watching the show. I think he is what’s right America. Someone who speaks his mind and is not afraid to ruffle people’s feathers. Will be watching for as long as HBO keeps him on TV.

  • TV Gord

    I don’t always agree with him, but I don’t think real fans should. I love the discussions they have on this show and I couldn’t imagine this show NOT being on. I would renew it for ten years, but I enjoy it being renewed two years at a time, because it’s like giving ABC a big middle finger every two years for having the cowardice to cancel him for expressing an idea.

  • xwiseguyx

    I agree. I don’t agree with everything he says (especially about religion), but he does try to court the GOP onto the show and he is more respectful of other opinions than many on the left. His New Rules segment is still the best… I’m very happy to hear he’ll be around for another few years!

  • Andrew

    Thank god for shows like this. It’s good to have a change from all the other one sided news channels like fox news, CNN ect. More people need to watch this show so they can be smarter than the average idiot.

  • Fake Me Out


    I think Bill Maher is a god, which is kinda ironic, and love this show … never miss it! Agree or disagree with the points and discussions, at least it makes you think about your personal positions and beliefs … and that is always a good thing.


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  • Nitish

    where does they get that 4 million viewers ?
    the Friday cable ratings from futoncritic and/or Travis Yanan (as the show rarely makes TVbN’s Top 100) suggest 1 million — if it’s lucky.
    do dvr, VOD and online account for a 300% bump or is the old viewers who may have seen 1 second sleight of hand ?

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Andrew: >>> Thank god for shows like this. It’s good to have a change from all the other one sided news channels like fox news, CNN ect. More people need to watch this show so they can be smarter than the average idiot. <<<

    I wouldn't be thanking GOD for Bill Maher. Head south from Heaven and keep on going until you can't go any further. THERE you will find Maher's patron..ahem…saint.

    There's a big difference between Religious and Faith. Most Christians don't even know it. Although I was raised Catholic, I consider myself a Christian of strong faith. I do not attend Church that often but I have my personal relationship with God. God's rules, via The Bible, are a lot easier to follow than Religious rules.

    The Old Testament is a lot more violent than the New Testament after Jesus Christ came into power. His greatest commandment was "Love your neighbor as yourself." If we commit murder, serious injury or theft, we are ANOT loving our neighbor.

    I'm done with HBO. Same 'C' & 'D' movies, over and over.

  • USAmerica1st

    Another sign of the coming Apocalypse. Maher is okay up to a point and that point is the anti-religion bender he’s been on for quite some time and it’s a turnoff.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @USAmerica1st: Maher goes much farther than criticizing “religion.” How many child-molesting priest jokes have you heard in your lifetime?

    Maher, an avowed atheist, criticizes another person’s “faith,” their very beliefs. And, I’m not too surprised that the liberal lamestream media managed to make Rush Limbaugh the bigger sinner by calling that Georgetown law student a “slut” and “prostitute,” when Maher referred to Sarah Palin as the ‘C’-word. I’d probably biotch-slap someone silly if they referred to a woman, because that’s the worst slang word for a vagina a woman could possibly be called. Limbaugh apologized. Maher didn’t.

    I hope “Mr. Funny” Bill runs into a dark alley someday with a pissed-off Todd Palin!

  • USAmerica1st

    @Ralph Hahn Bill Maher, like Howard Stern, is shielded by his network that allows him to talk freely. Limbaugh on public AM radio can be called on the carpet for his remarks! With Maher, you have to want to see him and pay to see him on HBO.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @USAmerica1st: I’m a conservative Republican, but I’m no Rush Limbaugh fan.
    Of course, Dem/Libs think that ALL of us get our marching orders from Rush.

  • americanwhoserved

    Mr. Maher tells the truth, too bad republican prevacators hate the truth.

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