HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher Sees Gen. Colin Powell, Sept. 19

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TV Picks: Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO Sept. 19 sees former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell is the top-of-show interview guest. With the ISIS war sabre rattling and the Ebola crisis, he will have important insight so this is not to be missed.

Political activist Matthew Segal is the mid-show interview guest. Back in April, SiriusXM launched OurTime with Matthew Segal, a six-week series produced by and for Millennial listeners on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., the 24/7 non-partisan channel dedicated to the Politics of the United States. Each episode is organized by theme and dedicated to a non-partisan discussion that offers a fresh, in-depth dialogue of issues faced by the nation today, including health care, the budget, education, LGBT equality, and voting rights.

The roundtable guests are Ga. Rep. Jack Kingston, editor and publisher of The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel and actor/producer Wendell Pierce. Currently starring in Showtime’s Ray Donovan as an ethically challenged parole office, Wendell Pierce is well-known to fans of the now defunct HBO program Treme as Antoine Batiste, the salty trombonist and occasional crooner.

Real Time continues its 12th season Friday, Sept. 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 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.

Bill Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in nine solo specials to date, 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 concluded its second season on HBO earlier this year and returns in 2015.

Monsters and Critics has hailed Maher as “a singular voice of pragmatic reason in a landscape of polarized pussies.”

HBO has renewed the series for a 13th season of 35 editions, to begin in Jan. 2015.

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.