Friday night is Real Time with Bill Maher night, mix up a cocktail, kick off your shoes and settle in for a raucous round of political and pop culture chat as Maher continues his12th season Friday, May 16 (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.
Last week, Maher took Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post to task for her chilling op/ed essentially telling people to edit their speech.
Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig is the top-of-show interview guest. Actor Kevin Nealon is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are political scientist Ian Bremmer, political strategist Kellyanne Conway and former Mont. Gov. Brian Schweitzer. A new edition of “VICE” debuts at 11:00 p.m., followed by a replay of REAL TIME at 11:30 p.m.
Other HBO playdates: May 18 (2:00 p.m.), 19 (4:05 a.m.), 20 (7:00 p.m.) and 21 (11:15 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: May 16 (2:55 a.m.), 17 (9:15 a.m., 12:30 a.m.), 18 (7:00 p.m.), 19 (8:00 p.m.) and 20 (10:00 p.m.)
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.
HBO has renewed his 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.
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.
The executive producers of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER are Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Brad Grey and Billy Martin; produced by Dean E. Johnsen; director, Paul Casey.