‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ Renewed for Seasons 17 and 18

Real Time with Bill Maher
Bill Maher and, Jim Parsons on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ (Photo: Janet Van Ham / HBO)

HBO’s given Real Time with Bill Maher early renewals for seasons 17 and 18, and committed to hosting Maher’s 11th stand-up special as well as airing a special retrospective of Real Time with Bill Maher‘s past seasons. Season 15 is currently airing on Fridays at 10pm ET/PT, and HBO previously confirmed season 16 will air in 2018. Season 17 is set for 2019 and season 18 is targeting a 2020 premiere.

“We are incredibly proud to continue our longstanding relationship with Bill Maher,” stated Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “As part of the HBO family for nearly 30 years, Bill’s distinctive point of view, coupled with his passion and commitment to insightful and informative entertainment, has remained unparalleled.”

“I’m extraordinarily grateful to HBO for one of the great relationships of my life, and I applaud their efforts to fight ageism by signing me to this extended deal,” stated Maher.

Season 15 is executive produced by Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Brad Grey, Marc Gurvitz, Dean E. Johnsen, and Billy Martin. Matt Wood produces and Paul Casey directs Real Time.

The Plot: Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists and interviews with guests.