HBO Renews ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ For 13th Season

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 1:04pm PST
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For those who were wondering what HBO‘s recent announcement of a new weekly show with The Daily Show‘s John Oliver would mean for incumbent Real Time With Bill Maher — HBO just Bill Maherextended the veteran talk show for … Read More »

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ENTV: Pete Hammond On Reality & Variety Emmy Contenders

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 1:39pm PDT
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Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and ENTV host Melana Scantlin discuss Pete’s predictions in the reality and variety categories in this weekend’s Primetime Emmys, along with his wish list. Will The Amazing Race dominate once again and, after 32 nominations, will this finally be Bill Maher’s year for … Read More »

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EMMYS: Category For TV Variety Series

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 8:15pm PDT

Cari Lynn is an AwardsLine contributor.

Ah, to be victorious—at losing. Susan Lucci was famous for it. So was Angela Lansbury. But the dubious crown of distinction now graces Bill Maher, host and executive producer of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, the reigning champ with 29 Primetime Emmy nominations and 0 wins. Both Real Time (15 total Emmy noms, 0 wins) and its predecessor, ABC’s Politically Incorrect (8 variety series noms, 0 wins), have garnered noms every single year they’ve been on the air, going back to 1995. But they’re in good losing company. In what’s become an odd phenomenon in the variety series category, Real Time annually goes neck and neck with Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and the newer fake newsguy, The Colbert Report (which also has received consecutive nominations since 2006)—only to see The Daily Show sweep the Emmys for a solid decade. Read More »

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‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ Nets Biggest Audience In 8 Years

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 10:14am PDT

Real Time With Bill Maher Dinesh D'SouzaHBO‘s political talk show Real Time With Bill Maher averaged 1.4 million viewers on Friday, marking the biggest audience for the show in almost eight years. The episode fell between the hot-button … Read More »

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HBO Renews ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ For Two More Seasons

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 9:50am PDT
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Real Time With Bill Maher RenewedBill Maher‘s HBO series is sticking around not only for the upcoming presidential election but also for the following mid-term one. The pay cable network has signed a new three-year deal with Maher. … Read More »

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Obama Adviser Says Bill Maher’s Attacks On Women Are “Not Excusable,” But Rush Limbaugh’s Are Worse: Video

Bill Maher’s profane characterizations of women including Sarah Palin are “not excusable in any way,” President Obama’s chief election strategist David Axelrod says a day after word spread that he backed out of of an appearance on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. But he adds in an interview … Read More »

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Obama Adviser David Axelrod Drops Plan To Appear With Bill Maher: Report

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 8:26am PDT

Barack Obama Bill MaherThere’s no explanation for why President Obama’s political strategist decided not to join the comedian on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. A campaign spokesman simply confirmed that Axelrod is “not scheduled to go on at this time,” despite promotions saying he would appear, website Politico reports. But we can make a pretty good guess as to what’s going on: Maher has become a lightening rod for critics on the right who argue that there’s a double standard in the recent barrage of attacks on Rush Limbaugh — who has been losing advertisers since he went on-air to call an advocate of employer health plan payments for contraceptives a “slut” and a “prostitute.” (He later apologized for using the words.) Maher put himself into the political fray recently when he donated $1M to PAC Priorities USA, a super PAC that supports the president. Last week Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren attacked Axelrod’s plan to appear with Maher, who has used virulent language to describe Sarah Palin. Van Susteren asked: “Is that the Obama price tag for decency? Give a million and you can be as nasty to women as you want?” Axelrod isn’t alone in his new skittishness about Maher. Read More »

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Bill Maher Makes $1 Million Obama Donation

By | Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 10:51pm PST

According to his longtime publicist Sarah Fuller, this happened tonight at the end of Bill Maher’s comedy special CrazyStupidPolitics: Live from Silicon Valley which streamed live on Yahoo. Maher brought out a check and pledged a personal donation of $1 million … Read More »

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