HBO Renews 'Real Time with Bill Maher'


LOS ANGELES – HBO has renewed its late night current affairs show “Real Time With Bill Maher” through 2022.


Maher's show was among the first late night programs to welcome (limited) live audiences and in-person guests back to the studio earlier in the month. Like other talkers, Real Time had been filming from remotely since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.


The renewal comes after the network last week renewed “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” for three more years.


The hour-long program with a studio audience made its debut in 2003 and airs live on Friday nights at 10 p.m. ET from from Studio 33 ("The Bob Barker Studio") at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. In addition, a 10- to 15-minute "Overtime" segment quickly follows the show on YouTube (Live Streams), which answers questions posted by viewers through HBO's online website for the show. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the show moved from Studio 33 to Maher’s home in Hollywood with guests now appearing remotely rather than in person.


“Real Time with Bill Maher” is executive produced by Maher, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen and Billy Martin. Chris Kelly is co-executive producer, Matt Wood is producer and Paul Casey is the director.

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