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HBO Renews 'Real Time With Bill Maher'

by Ron Mwangaguhunga, posted Nov 19th 2009 9:30AM
Real Time With Bill MaherHBO has renewed 'Real Time with Bill Maher' for an eighth season. The buzzy politics and culture oriented talk show will return one hour earlier on Friday, Feb. 19 at 9PM, with a replay at 11PM.

'Politically Incorrect,' the show's predecessor, launched on Comedy Central in 1993. The format of that program -- a comedy discussion show mixing celebrities and beltway politicians -- was virtually the same as it is now in its present incarnation, minus the "New Rules" segment. 'Politically Incorrect' caught the attention of network executives and migrated to ABC TV in 1997. The show remained there until 2002, when the network cancelled the show due to a comment that Bill Maher made soon after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, alienating some advertisers. Maher had disagreed with the characterization of the World Trade Center hijackers as being cowards. "We have been the cowards," Maher said, "obbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away."Real Time With Bill MaherHBO has renewed 'Real Time with Bill Maher' for an eighth season. The buzzy politics and culture oriented talk show will return one hour earlier on Friday, Feb. 19 at 9PM, with a replay at 11PM.

'Politically Incorrect,' the show's predecessor, launched on Comedy Central in 1993. The format of that program -- a comedy discussion show mixing celebrities and beltway politicians -- was virtually the same as it is now in its present incarnation, minus the "New Rules" segment. 'Politically Incorrect' caught the attention of network executives and migrated to ABC TV in 1997. The show remained there until 2002, when the network cancelled the show due to a comment that Bill Maher made soon after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, alienating some advertisers. Maher had disagreed with the characterization of the World Trade Center hijackers as being cowards. "We have been the cowards," Maher said, "obbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away."

In 2003, Maher launched 'Real Time with Bill Maher' on HBO. There have been memorable high points of the innovative HBO show. One standout was Maher and Michael Moore on their knees pleading with Ralph Nader not to run as a spoiler in the 2004 Presidential election. In all of its many incarnations, 'Real Time' has won four CableACE Awards, and received 18 Emmy nominations since 1995. The show's executive producers are Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Brad Grey, Marc Gurvitz and Billy Martin.

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