Salman Rushdie, Seth MacFarlane, Andrew Sullivan on Real Time with Bill Maher


Salman Rushdie, Seth MacFarlane, Andrew Sullivan on Real Time with Bill Maher

One of our mainstay destinations every Friday night is HBO for Bill Maher’s whip-smart eclectic salon where he moderates a varied panel of pundits, pols and journalists who weigh in on the current news.

Maher opens the show with his monologue, followed by a special guest who is interviewed prior to the paneled guests. Good news for fans as HBO recently renewed Maher’s series for a 13th season of 35 editions, to begin in Jan. 2015.

His 12th season continues this Friday night as  March 14th (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) sees author Alan Weisman is the top-of-show interview guest, Seth MacFarlane as the mid-show interview with author Amy Chua, and frequent guests author Salman Rushdie and blogger Andrew Sullivan as the roundtable panelists.  Maher is also an executive producer of the news magazine show “VICE,” which returns for its second season March 14 on HBO.

Maher delivers his unique perspective on contemporary issues weekly.

Other HBO playdates: March 16 (noon), 17 (2:20 a.m.), 18 (7:15 p.m.) and 19 (11:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: March 14 (3:15 a.m.), 15 (11:00 a.m., midnight), 16 (7:00 p.m.), 17 (8:00 p.m.) and 18 (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 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.

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Maher also produced and starred in the 2008 feature film “Religulous,” the seventh most successful documentary of all time.