HBO Renews ‘Real Time’ With Bill Maher For Two More Seasons

The President of HBO programming, Michael Lombardo, has announced the news that the network plans to  renew the racy series  Real Time  with Bill Maher  for an additional two seasons, bringing the show into its 11th and 12th year. The good news comes after the highly controversial talk show host, who owns HBO’s Friday night timeslot of 10 PM est, has managed to pull in an impressive 4.1 million viewers per episode this season. Talking about the successful talk show host, Michael Lombardo praised Maher highly. “Bill Maher’s irreverent wit and fearless insights make him the perfect observer for these unpredictable times. I’m delighted that we can continue to offer an uncensored forum for his original and thoughtful humor.” Read More...  

'Real Time with Bill Maher' Returns with Louis C.K., Olbermann, and Perfect Timing

When Bill Maher returns with "Real Time" tonight with guests including Keith Olbermann and Louis C.K., they'll have no shortage of political fodder. Look for a lively roundtable, given President Obama's low approval ratings, Dick Cheney's book tour, a Republican winning Anthony Weiner's seat, and a new Sarah Palin biography. Conversation should flow freely among the guests, who also include political strategist Rich Galen and political analyst Jennifer Donahue. Who knows? They may even argue a bit. The fall portion of the show's ninth season premieres on HBO at 10 p.m.

Anthony Bourdain on Food, Sex, and the American Dream on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (VIDEO)

Would you rather have a great meal or mediocre sex? That's one of the questions Bill Maher lobbed at Anthony Bourdain during the latest episode of Real Tim With Bill Maher (Fri., 10PM on HBO). The noted chef, author and No Reservations star dropped by Maher's show to chat about food, sex, and everything else that's currently inhabiting his headspace. Bourdain joined Maher and filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and journalist Joan Walsh on Maher's panel to discuss the current state of the American Dream.

'Boardwalk Empire' Premiere Date Revealed, HBO Renews 'Real Time With Bill Maher'

Ready for a return trip to Atlantic City? HBO has announced premiere dates for 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Hung' and 'How to Make It in America.' The cable network has also renewed renewed 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' the popular political humor talk show, for a tenth season. 'Boardwalk Empire,' which recently picked up 18 Emmy nominations, will begin its 12-episode Season 2 on Sun., Sept. 25.

Bill Maher Panelist Apologizes for Wishing Death to All Republicans on 'Real Time' (Video)

After a guest wished death to all Republicans on Friday night, HBO and its  Real Time With Bill Maher  show became home to “the most vile political talk ever broadcast,” according to a watchdog group. In a discussion about U.S. debt,  Maher compared Republicans to  Yasser Arafat , the deceased former president of the Palestinian National Authority. That’s when panelist  Dan Savage , a writer, pundit and gay-rights activist, said: “Unfortunately not exactly like (Arafat). I wish they were all f--king dead.” Read More...

Bill Maher Compares Casey Anthony Verdict to Republican Thinking (Video)

Joining a chorus of media personalities in criticizing the  Casey Anthony  verdict,  Bill Maher  drew parallels between the jury's not-guilty decision and the Republican voters on Friday night's Real Time with Bill Maher. "Before you accuse me of equating the Casey Anthony verdict with Republican thinking, save your breath -- I am. I'm equating them," he said. "If you're a working-class American who still votes Republican, then you don't get to bitch about that verdict." Maher went on to detail the Republican beliefs regarding job creation and budget cuts as they relate to Anthony's case. Read More...

Video: Jane Lynch Reads Anthony Weiner's Uncensored Sex Messages on 'Real Time'

" Real Time with Bill Maher " has made use of its advantage for being on a pay cable network by reading raunchy sex messages between Anthony Weiner and Las Vegas blackjack dealer Lisa Weiss. The show's host welcomed   Jane Lynch   to help him poke fun at the sexting scandal.   "Here at Real Time, we do take our responsibility very seriously as the one show, because we're on pay cable, where we can say anything and quote anything,"   Bill Maher   said before introducing the actress who will host upcoming Daytime Emmy Awards. "And the texts from Anthony Weiner... were printed this week. Most people could not show them to you; we are going to read them verbatim."   Read More...

Zach Galifianakis Tries to Outdo Smoking Pot on 'Real Time with Bill Maher' (VIDEO)

Back on October 29, 2010, Zach Galifianakis set the Internet on fire after his appearance on 'Real Time' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO). Bill Maher threw up a still shot of Galifianakis smoking a joint and announced that the clip of that appearance "got over 2 million hits on YouTube." In an effort to up the ante and generate even more buzz, Maher pulled out a tray with all the paraphernalia to shoot Galafianakis up with heroin. "Never done this before in my life," Galifianakis admitted. "Yeah, everything's ending, so let's just do it." Of course, everything didn't end as predicted, so now Galifianakis has to deal with the aftermath of his decision. What on earth can they do to top shooting up heroin live on the air?

Ed Schultz and Michael Steele Shout at Each Other on 'Real Time' (VIDEO)

Former GOP chairman Michael Steele and MSNBC talker Ed Schultz got into quite a heated debate over Republican congressmen Paul Ryan's plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Friday, 10PM ET on HBO). As the two loudly articulated their points, one suspected that ABC political director Amy Walter, who was seated between the men, was getting sprayed with spittle. After a while, Maher indicated Steele and Schultz needed to tone it down, and the discussion briefly moved on to the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.

Bill Maher Suggests a Strange Way of Proving That John Boehner Is a Man (VIDEO)

A recent survey by Public Policy Polling found that 51 percent of those who plan on voting in the GOP primary believe that Barack Obama wasn't born in the U.S. On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Weeknights, 10PM ET on HBO) Maher offered up a theory as to why so many conservatives embrace "birtherism," and then applied that same theory to Speaker of the House John Boehner, with strange results. "When they go a little deeper into the polling, they find out this is just based on a general sense," Maher explained. "It just feels to them like [Obama's] a foreigner. Well, you know, John Boehner wears bronzer and goes on crying jags. He just feels like a female to me. Maybe liberals should demand to see his penis."