HBO has greenlit “Real Time with Bill Maher” through 2018, taking it through 16 seasons. Debuting on Feb. 21, 2003, the announcement on the two season renewal was made by new programming president Casey Bloys, who noted that the series — which featured coverage from both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions — is averaging its most watched season since its inaugural season with 4.4 million total viewers.
“As long as Washington keeps serving up crazy, we’ll be there to push it around the plate,” said Maher. “In these turbulent, uncertain times, I can’t think of anything more important than me being on TV.”
“Real Time with Bill Maher” features an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with guests.