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REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
Air Date: Friday, October 06, 2017
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on HBO
Episode Title: (#440/1530) "Billy Crystal; Harold Ford, Jr., Olivia Nuzzi and Steve Schmidt; Russell Brand"
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REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER CONTINUES ITS 15TH SEASON OCT. 6, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO; BILLY CRYSTAL IS THE TOP-OF-SHOW INTERVIEW GUEST; RUSSELL BRAND IS THE MID-SHOW INTERVIEW GUEST; HAROLD FORD, JR., OLIVIA NUZZI AND STEVE SCHMIDT ARE THE ROUNDTABLE GUESTS

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 15th season FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at midnight, exclusively on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists and interviews with guests. Comedian Billy Crystal is the top-of-show interview guest. Actor Russell Brand is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are former Tenn. Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., journalist Olivia Nuzzi and political strategist Steve Schmidt.

The show is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER was recently renewed through 2020.

Politico has 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."

Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in ten HBO solo specials to date. He is also an executive producer of the innovative news magazine show "VICE," which is now in its fifth season on HBO.

The executive producers of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER are Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Brad Grey, Marc Gurvitz, Dean E. Johnsen and Billy Martin; co-executive producer, Chris Kelly; producer, Matt Wood; director, Paul Casey.

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REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (HBO)
Returns Friday, January 19
BROADCAST HISTORY:
2/21/03 - ???
STATUS:
returning this winter (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
fridays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
16 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through 2020 (the show's 18th) on 9/6/17
DESCRIPTION:
(from HBO's press release, September 2017) Having already renewed the show for 2018, HBO has renewed REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for two additional seasons, with season 17 scheduled for 2019, and season 18 scheduled for 2020, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. The deal also includes Maher's 11th stand-up special on the network and a retrospective special highlighting memorable moments from REAL TIME's previous seasons. "We are incredibly proud to continue our longstanding relationship with Bill Maher," noted Bloys. "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," says Maher.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bill Maher as Host
CREW INFORMATION:
· Bill Maher as EP
· Billy Martin as EP
· Brad Grey as EP
· Chris Kelly as CO-EP
· Dean E. Johnsen as EP
· Marc Gurvitz as EP
· Matt Wood as PROD
· Paul Casey as DIR
· Scott Carter as EP
· Sheila Griffiths as EP
GENRE(S):
· talk show
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Brad Grey Television