It seems that Bill Marher will be staying on HBO after all. The longtime series, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” was already renewed by HBO for the 2018 season, but many were wondering if HBO would renew the series beyond that time-frame after Maher’s recent foibles over the past few weeks. Recently Marher caught a lot of push-back online after dropping the n-word during one of his discussions back in June. The network called the language “completely inexcusable and tasteless,” and Maher released a statement shortly after apologizing for using the word.
With that on the back-burner, HBO confirmed today that the show has been picked-up for two additional seasons. Season 17 is now scheduled for 2019, and season 18 scheduled for 2020. The renewals were 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” that will highlight memorable moments from the show’s previous seasons. With this special in the works, it could indicate that the show is nearing the end of its run.
“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.
The show is currently in its 15th season, and debuts new shows Friday nights on the network. The series was designed to allow Maher to offer his perspective on contemporary issues, and the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists and interviews with guests. As of season 15, the executive producers of “Real Time With Bill Marher” are Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Brad Grey, Marc Gurvitz, Dean E. Johnsen and Billy Martin. The show’s co-executive producer, Chris Kelly, works with producer Matt Wood and director Paul Casey.