HBO Renews REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for 13th Season
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(R) 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(TM)." Maher is also an executive producer of the innovative news magazine show "VICE," which returns for its second season March 14 on HBO.