Grover Norquist, Connie Mack, Dan Savage topline Bill Maher's 'Real Time'

We love Friday night on HBO as Bill Maher's chat sessions always delivers.

This week, on July 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), exclusively on HBO, with an instant replay at 11:00 p.m., Maher brings us Killer whale trainer John Hargrove as the top-of-show interview guest; Columnist Dan Savage is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are journalist Rula Jebreal, former Fla. Rep. Connie Mack and tax reform advocate Grover Norquist.

Norquist will be a good guest. He recently told Newsmax: “Immigration is America's number one economic asset...The rest of the world can't do that. We can have every smart person we want, every high-skilled person we want.

“A lot of young people just starting out unskilled — as all Americans do when they're born here — come to this country, and so the business community is for immigration. Big businesses, small businesses, high-tech, low-tech, the communities of faith, and the Republican leadership.

“The future of the Republican Party — all the different folks looking to lead the Republican Party at the national level in the future — recognize we should do immigration reform,” Norquist added in the Newsmax interview. “Understanding that the Senate bill is not everything we want, but that it needs to be reformed — and that there is a deep, deep distrust of Barack Obama."

How good was last week with Dr. Cornel West and Mike Rowe? Rowe always brings it, whether he's narrating a Ford commercial or covered in grease or dirt. Discovery needs to stay in business with him.

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.

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