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HBO Renews ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ Through 2018

Two Additional Seasons Ordered

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.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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