HBO’s political and entertainment salon “Real Time with Bill Maher” is Friday night’s must see, hear and do, as it continues its 12th season Friday, October 31 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 p.m., exclusively on HBO.
The series continues with a replay at midnight, 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. Even conservative watchdogs like Newsmax are glued to Maher’s panels as he books a solid group of left and right guests who thoughtfully hash over the serious issues we are facing as a nation today, whether it be ISIS, the nature of Islam, the environment, obesity and the food supply quality to big pharma versus legalizing marijuana. Maher gives his unique perspective on contemporary issues often times with humor and allows for healthy debate between dissenting sides.
The series includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with guests.
Actor and election correspondent Kal Penn is the top-of-show interview guest. Actress and documentary film producer Eva Longoria is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are Gen. Wesley Clark, foreign policy analyst Rula Jebreal and Maine Sen. Angus King.
Bill 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.” (which debuted Sept. 12), “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.
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 2 (noon), 3 (2:40 a.m.), 4 (7:00 p.m.) and 5 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 31 (2:15 a.m.) and Nov. 1 (10:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m.), 2 (7:00 p.m.), 3 (8:00 p.m.) and 4 (10:00 p.m.)