Even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter the spirit out of production houses, there are those who have resolved resilience.
HBO being one of them has recently announced the renewal of its talk show Real Time with Bill Maher TV show for two more years — seasons 19 and 20 — keeping the series on the air through 2022. The current 18th season will continue airing on Friday nights.
In a press release dated September 28, 2020, HBO renewed Real Time with Bill Maher for two more seasons. The show is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.
“For 18 seasons, Bill Maher and the talented team at ‘Real Time’ have given audiences an unparalleled platform for debate, comedy, and social discourse,”
said Nina Rosenstein, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming.
“We’re so happy to continue this partnership.”Nina Rosenstein
“18 years – I can’t believe I’m turning 18 and HBO isn’t making me leave home,”
“Thrilled to be living under their roof for another couple of years.”Bill Maher
What’s it About?
Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the political talk show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with guests.
Politico has hailed Maher as “a pugnacious debater and a healthy corrective to the claptrap of cable news,” while Variety noted, “There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television.”
Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in eleven solo specials to date, including the hour-long presentations “Bill Maher: Live From Oklahoma,” “Bill Maher: Live from D.C.,” “Bill Maher… But I’m Not Wrong,” “The Decider” and “I’m Swiss” (both nominated for Emmys® for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special), “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™.”
The executive producers of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER are Bill Maher, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Billy Martin; co-executive producer, Chris Kelly; producer, Matt Wood; director, Paul Casey.