'Real Time With Bill Maher' Renewed for 13th Season by HBO

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January 15th, 2014


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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15, 2014 – With the show set to kick off its 12th season this Friday, HBO has renewed REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for a 13th season of 35 editions, to begin in Jan. 2015, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming.

“Bill Maher has been a treasured member of the HBO family since the late ‘80s, and his 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.”

Maher stated, “It’s a pleasure to be returning for a 13th season on HBO. It’s something you rarely see in Hollywood: an on-again, on-again relationship.”

Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER returns for its 12th season FRIDAY, JAN. 17 (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. Politico hailed Maher as “a pugnacious debater and a healthy corrective to the claptrap of cable news,” while Variety noted, “There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television.”

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues to be a top performer for the network, delivering an average gross audience of 4.1 million viewers per show.

Bill Maher headlined 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™.” Maher is also an executive producer of the innovative news magazine show “VICE,” which returns for its second season March 14 on HBO.

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 last book, “The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass,” was published in November 2011 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.

The executive producers of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER are Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Brad Grey and Billy Martin; produced by Dean E. Johnsen; director, Paul Casey.

  • Andrew


  • mathew

    Nobody wants this

  • Dion

    Mathew, plenty of people want this, hence the reason its watched by over 4 million people and has been renewed for a 13th season. Cant wait. Bill is the best

  • joethehobo


  • Dan

    Very good news, this show always puts a smile on my face and makes me laugh!

  • Bob

    He is nasty and repulsive in his beliefs, but I can’t stop watching (when I have time approx. once a month). It is like watching a train wreck. Glad he is still on. Gosh he is awful….lol.

  • Dan

    Wow Bob, that’s exactly how I feel about O’Reilly and why I watch his show once every month or 2, awesome!

  • Tom

    I don’t mean to go PTC on anyone, but Maher’s too frequent use of gratuitous profanity frequently undermines the good points he raises. I can see some of his guests reacting negatively to his language and it drags the show down. Maher needs to leave the shock comic stuff to guys like Bob Saget who don’t have anything pertinent to say.

  • Fake Me Out

    Everybody wants this

  • Jagger Dagger

    Love the show and the format.

  • RB

    Maher is annoying based on the fact he’s not willing to actually engage in substantive debate; sure, he’ll start one and try to get a quick laugh but the moment he’s taken to task by someone who actually combats his act with facts, he falls back on the “Hey, I’m just a comedian!” bit. Can’t have it both ways there, Zippy.

  • Suzette Perles

    I just viewed the first episode of the new season for 2014. I am very disappointed that “New Rules” has been discontinued. It seems as if Bill has become so lazy as to not even be able to come up with any original new material. This is the beginning of the end of my support for his show. I saw him do a solo performance in my city recently and witnessed this as well.The majority of his show referenced old news from the Bush administration. Unfortunately its seems Bill is on the way out. I will miss him!

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