HBO's whipsmart salon on Friday night is "Real Time with Bill Maher," where topical political and social subjects are dished and dissected in diverse guest panels.
The show continues its 11th season Friday, May 17 (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 in-studio and satellite guests. A new edition of “VICE” debuts at 11:00 p.m., followed by a replay of Real Time at 11:30 p.m.
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, is the top-of-show interview guest. Actor Zach Galifianakis is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are commentator S.E. Cupp, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Bill Maher has been favorite of subscribers since his first special on the network in 1989, starring in nine solo specials, 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™.”
He 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 latest 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: May 19 (noon, 1:00 a.m.), 20 (8:00 p.m.) and 22 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: May 17 (2:25 a.m.), 18 (9:15 a.m., midnight), 19 (7:00 p.m.) and 21 (10:00 p.m.)
Facebook page: facebook.com/Maher. Twitter: @Realtimers.