An opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with in-studio and satellite guests are part of Real Time with Bill Maher. Politico praised Maher as a pugnacious debater and a healthy corrective to the claptrap of cable news,” while Variety observed, “There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television.”
There is normally an opening of current affairs or political skit in the style of the program, accompanied by the credits and a comedy monologue. Before sitting down with the panel guests for an extensive discussion, Maher then interviews an important figure via satellite or in-studio. Maher does a comedy skit halfway through the panel session that typically satirizes current news stories.
INTERVIEW BASED SHOW
Maher interviews another figure via satellite or in-studio, following the comedy bit. The format varies, with the panel having two or three participants. Maher states that the structure is not rigid and that they prefer live interviews to satellite interviews Maher has a section called “New Rules” at the end of each show, which acts as a satirical editorial on popular culture and American politics. In Maher’s closing editorial monologue, the final “New Rule follows.
During an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with celebrities, Maher provides his unique viewpoint on current issues for the uninitiated. In 1989, Maher headlined his first special on the network and has starred to this date in 11 HBO solo specials. Bill Maher, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, and Billy Martin are the executive producers. Chris Kelly is the co-executive producer, with producer Matt Wood; Paul Casey is the director.
HBO recently announced on Monday that Real Time With Bill Maher is being renewed for two more seasons. That means for season 19 and season 20, the show is renewed. So at least until 2022, Real Time With Bill Maher will air.
HBO’s senior vice president of programming is Nina Rosenstein. In a statement, Nina said that Bill Maher and the group have provided the audience with an unprecedented forum for discussion and comedy for eighteen seasons. Also, they were said to be very pleased to continue the relationship.