With the show set to kick off Season 12 this Friday, HBO has renewed Real Time with Bill Maher for Season 13 with 35 editions, to begin in Jan. 2015, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming, who released the following statement.
"Bill Maher has been a treasured member of the HBO family since the late '80s, and his 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."
Bill Maher had this to say in his own statement.
"It's a pleasure to be returning for a 13th season on HBO. It's something you rarely see in Hollywood: an on-again, on-again relationship."
Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, Real Time with Bill Maher returns for its 12th season Friday, January 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT). The show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with in-studio and satellite guests. Politico hailed Maher as "a pugnacious debater and a healthy corrective to the claptrap of cable news," while Variety noted, "There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television."
Real Time with Bill Maher continues to be a top performer for the network, delivering an average gross audience of 4.1 million viewers per show.
Bill Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989, starring in nine solo specials, including the hour-long presentations "Bill Maher...But I'm Not Wrong," "The Decider" and "I'm Swiss" (both nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special category), "Victory Begins at Home," "Be More Cynical," "The Golden Goose Special" and "Stuff That Struck Me Funny," and two half-hour stand-up specials, plus the specials "30 Seconds Over Washington" and "Comic Relief VI™." Maher is also an executive producer of the innovative news magazine show VICE, which returns for its second season March 14 on HBO.
He was the creator and host of Politically Incorrect, which was produced by HBO Downtown Productions and debuted on Comedy Central in 1993. The series moved to ABC in 1997 and ran through 2002.
His last book, "The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass," was published in November 2011 and made the New York Times bestseller list. Maher's 2006 book, "New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer," also made the New York Times list, as well as bestseller lists across the country. He is also author of the books "When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism," "Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? The Best of Politically Incorrect" and the novel "True Story." Maher produced and starred in the 2008 feature film Religulous, the seventh most successful documentary of all time.
The executive producers of Real Time with Bill Maher are Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Brad Grey and Billy Martin; produced by Dean E. Johnsen; director, Paul Casey.