News/Talk Show
Feb. 21, 2003
Returning Series
60 min.
HBO TV Network

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Real Time With Bill Maher

"Real Time with Bill Maher" is a weekly HBO talk show series hosted by comedian and political satirist Bill Maher. Episodes include an opening political sketch, a monolog, a panel of three well educated celebrities two guests (live or via satellite), and at the end "New Rules."The panel members normally represent a wide spectrum of American politics,

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12x31 James Risen, Chloe Maxmin, John Av… Aired: Oct. 24, 2014

"Black Prophetic Fire" Author Cornel West, Conservative Commentator Mary Matalin, "Daily Beast" Editor-In-Chief John Avlon.

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12x32 Season 12, Episode 32(Friday Oct. 31st, 2014 10/9c on HBO)

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'Real Time With Bill Maher' Renewed For Season 13
We're still a couple days out from the twelfth season premiere of veteran HBO political talk-fest Real Time with Bill Maher, but that hasn't stopped the network from securing the series for 2015. The thirteenth, much like the upcoming twelfth, season of Real Time will consist of 35 weekly episodes, leaving Maher his standard 12 off weeks for the year, half of which he usually takes from late-November to mid-January. Real Time with Bill Maher returns from its winter hiatus this Friday, January 17th at 10/9c.

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  • The series is broadcast live and uncensored.
  • Maher originally wanted the series to be titled "True Dat" but HBO rejected it. Maher settled for "Real Time" but does not like the title.
  • An episode scheduled for November 9, 2007 was canceled due to the 2007 Writers Strike. The scheduled guests were Ben Affleck, George Carlin, and Tom Brokaw.
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