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Bill Maher to return without writers too

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 7th 2008 2:44PM

MaherHBO's Real Time with Bill Maher returns for a new season this week, and Maher is going to return without writers, like most of the late night talk shows (except Letterman and Ferguson).

Two big segments of the show, Maher's opening monologue and his show-closing "New Rules" segment will be gone when the show returns. That's too bad, since "New Rules" is usually one of the best parts of the show (the monologue isn't long enough to really miss). Maher will go into the audience to talk to people. He should fare better than all of the other late night shows, since 95% of each episode is made up of a roundtable discussion with guests and perhaps a satellite interview. Though I wonder if some celebs and politicians will decline to appear on the show?

The show returns this Friday at 11pm Eastern.

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PJ

mayorjimmy you are an idiot. Stewart and Maher are taking a corrupt politician to task (since none of the so called journalists are professional enough to do it) - if you think the world will suddenly become fair and just and corrupt free just because Bush leaves office you must be smoking some of Mahers dope (and there will certainly be millions who continue to worship an unprovable supernatural being)

January 11 2008 at 5:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mayorjimmy

You think Maher is in trouble with no writers? what are he and Jon Stewart going to do when Bush isn't in office anymore? They built their entire careers off ripping on Bush. They better enjoy this last year while they still can. Cuz when they don't have a fire to throw gasoline on, people are going to wake up and say "wait, why have we been listening to these guys again? it sure as hell wasn't for the comedy or intellectual conversations."

January 08 2008 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The Pepto Pimp

Many said the same thing about Leno when Clinton went out of office. The arguement was that Leno had gotten famous making jokes about Clinton and that there was no way Bush would offer as much humorous material as President Clinton...

Hmmmm, you decide.

January 08 2008 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mayorjimmy

You may be right Pimp. Maher and Stewart might just be able to stay around by moving over to making fun of whoever takes office. I doubt it. I really do.

Leno didn't make his career off making fun of Clinton even REMOTELY as blatant and obvious as Maher and Stewart though. i mean seriously, The Daily show didn't start getting big until 2002. and 8 years ago, Maher didn't even exist.

January 08 2008 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

'New Rules' is probably one of the 10 best scripted minutes on TV today. Both the opening monologue and the New Rules are done via TelePromTer, so Maher relies heavily on his terrific team of writers.


This strike really sucks. I don't see any real progress and it just seems like a game of chicken. And that's probably what the WGA and the studios want. But in the end, its the faithful viewers who never come back and find something better. (However, I will always be a big RTBM fan!)

January 07 2008 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

I'll miss the New Rules, but it'll be great to have him back. Going out into the audience, though? Bill kind of has a general contempt for people, doesn't he? Having him interact with civilians in the crowd is going to be pretty awkward. But that may make good television.

January 07 2008 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joey Geraci

Too bad too, as I was just thinking of paying for HBO, but I can't bare to support the kind of sad, pathetic outlook on life that Maher seems to exhibit.

January 07 2008 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
No1Dad

"I can't bare to support the kind of sad, pathetic outlook on life that Maher seems to exhibit."

He really is a glass half empty kinda guy.

January 07 2008 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

I was confused when this show went dark. I thought they could easily ditch the written gimmicks and extend the discussions. Together the written jokes take about 15 minutes of the 60 minute show instead of 22 minutes of the 45 minute late night shows.
I decided that it meant the (sometimes) witty comments he tosses about in the discussions are manufactured for him.

January 07 2008 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam

I hope more 9/11 conspiracy theorists show up. That was awesome.

January 07 2008 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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