TV Picks: HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” continues its 13th season Friday, March 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:30 p.m., exclusively on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with guests.
Sportscaster Bob Costas is the top-of-show interview guest. Author Gerald Posner is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are former Ga. Rep. Jack Kingston, political strategist Mercedes Schlapp and Christine Quinn, former speaker, New York City Council.
Kingston has been a frequent guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, and other TV news shows. He has expressed skepticism about anthropogenic global warming and does not believe in the process of evolution.
Mercedes Viana Schlapp is cofounder of Cove Strategies and a conservative political commentator for both English and Spanish media. She served as director of specialty media at the White House under President George W. Bush.
Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined Gov. Cuomo’s administration in January as a special adviser to the governor, serving as a part-time staffer until mid-April when she finishes her stint as a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and reportedly she will jump on board full-time. Quinn headed up the Cuomo-created Women’s Equality Party in 2014 during the governor’s reelection campaign.
Monsters and Critics has hailed Maher as “a singular voice of pragmatic reason in a landscape of polarized pussies.”while Variety noted, “There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television.”
Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in ten solo specials to date, including the hour-long presentations “Bill Maher: Live from D.C.,” “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 is now in its third season on HBO.
Maher 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. He also produced and starred in the 2008 feature film “Religulous,” the seventh most successful documentary of all time.
Other HBO playdates: March 22 (12:15 p.m.), 23 (2:20 a.m.), 24 (5:00 p.m.) and 25 (11:15 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: March 20 (2:50 a.m.), 21 (9:00 a.m., 1:10 a.m.), 23 (8:30 p.m.) and 24 (10:00 p.m.)