Friday nights are our favorites in the M&C offices, the work load lightens up, the Brugal rum comes out to play and we get to kick back, and chew over the week in politics with our favorite pop culture and political pundit who gives an independent skewering to left and the right, sides both equally welcome on his series.
“Real Time With Bill Maher” enrages some people, but I notice these certain conservative bloggers keep watching and coming back for more. In all fairness they have to admit, Maher invites all sides on to argue their points… and he is respectful of the give and take of debate. Having said that, I really doubt Michele Bachmann will ever be on the show. I have hope for Ted Cruz.
Maher also bedevils the lefty crowd with his stance on the thin skinned, brutal fanatics that heavily populate Islam, Democrats’ weenie spines and their lack of organization and spendthrift ways. Maher’s heart is on his sleeve for the environment, science, and keeping all religion reigned in from political influence.
The show continues its 12th season Friday, June 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), 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.
Political strategist Ralph Reed is the top-of-show interview guest. Director John Waters is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are columnist Jim Geraghty, political commentator Nicolle Wallace and former NY Rep. Anthony Weiner. A new edition of “VICE” debuts at 11:00 p.m., followed by a replay of REAL TIME at 11:30 p.m.
We love Waters, who has a new book called “Carsick.”
Pride of Baltimore, tongue in cheek artist John Waters is evergreen and as relevant as ever, drawing SRO audiences in colleges when these students’ parents (back in the day) were watching Waters’ films in midnight movies with Waters’ muse Divine in films like Pink Flamingos, Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, and Polyester.
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 is now in its second season on HBO.
Politico has 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.”
HBO has renewed REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER 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.
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.
Other HBO playdates: June 8 (2:15 p.m.), 9 (1:30 a.m.), 10 (5:45 p.m.) and 11 (11:05 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: June 6 (4:45 a.m.), 7 (8:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m.), 8 (7:00 p.m.), 9 (8:00 p.m.) and 10 (10:00 p.m.)