The HBO series is an explosive capper to the week in political news and always has a surprise or two.
This week, host Bill Maher brings two fiery ladies to the show.
On the roundtable panel will be frequent guest and political pundit Ana Navarro, an outspoken critic of Trump.
This is unusual because the Nicaraguan-born American Republican strategist and commentator should be Team GOP all the way. But she is not.
Navarro is vocal in her criticism of the current POTUS and often goes head-to-head with other Republicans on networks like CNN, ABC News, Telemundo, and chat show The View.
Navarro may have an exchange or two with equally outspoken actress and talk show host Chelsea Handler who will be Bill’s mid-show interview.
Handler is back April 14 for Season 2 of her Netflix politics and pop culture talk show Chelsea. The two women will likely agree over Trump.
In a recent EW interview, Handler prodded beleaguered Trump press secretary Sean Spicer.
She said: “Sean Spicer is my favorite person on the planet. Every press briefing, I mean, I miss my morning meeting now because the press briefing’s at the same time.
“I’m like, ‘You guys, I’m sorry — I gotta be with my spicy baked potato and watch him have diarrhoea as he mounts that dais.
“I mean, what a mess. He is a disaster! It’s like, what are you doing? This ship is sinking. You better jump off.”
Journalist and historian Jelani Cobb is the top-of-show interview guest. Queens’ native Cobb is a staff writer for the New Yorker, who often writes about historical perspective on race and immigration issues in the United States.
The Real Time roundtable guests are rounded out with the rescheduled Cal. Rep. Ted Lieu (he canceled his scheduled appearance a few weeks ago), as well as former presidential candidate Evan McMullin.
Lieu is famous for out-Tweeting his arch nemesis, president Trump, and he describes himself on Twitter as: “Husband of Betty, the love of my life. Father of two great kids. USAF veteran. Member of Congress. In that order. Also, I don’t take orders from Vladimir Putin.”
The show’s real firecracker may be former independent presidential candidate McMullin, who told his alma mater Brigham Young University students (via the Deseret News) that the FBI’s investigation into the alleged connection between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia “is a big, big deal”.
He added: “There are things I know that I haven’t made public, things that haven’t been made public also…
“You know, there’s a reason why a guy like me decided to throw his hat in the ring.”
McMullin worked at the CIA and served as a chief policy director for U.S. House Republicans. His worry over Trump representing his party made him run for office in the last presidential race.
He told the BYU students: “I honestly believed, and still do, that Donald Trump presents a danger to the country. And I make no apologies for that.
“More people laughed than listened, and now, just recently, we learned the very shocking news that our president’s team and potentially the president is under FBI investigation for potential collaboration with one of our greatest foreign adversaries.”
Real Time with Bill Maher airs Fridays at 10pm (live ET/tape-delayed PT) on HBO.