Straight from official HBO press releases comes the news that HBO’s social & political commentators Bill Maher and John Oliver will be around for at least a couple of years longer with their respective shows.
HBO RENEWS REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER FOR TWO MORE SEASONS, EXTENDING THE SHOW’S RUN ON THE NETWORK THROUGH 2020;
DEAL ALSO INCLUDES A NEW STAND-UP SPECIAL AND A RETROSPECTIVE SPECIAL
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 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.
Currently, in its 15th season, REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER debuts new shows Friday nights (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT). Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists and interviews with guests. Variety noted, “There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television.”
HBO RENEWS EMMY WINNER LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER FOR THREE SEASONS
HBO has renewed the Emmy-winning LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER for three additional seasons, it was announced by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. The deal will keep the hit show on the network through 2020, with 30 shows to be presented each season.
“We are thrilled to have John Oliver as an integral part of the HBO family and to continue to share his comedic brilliance with the world,” said Bloys. “His extraordinary genius for rich and intelligent commentary is second to none.”
Oliver says, “First: I firmly disagree with everything Casey just said. Second: We’re very grateful to Richard Plepler, Casey and everyone at HBO for letting us continue to do whatever it is we actually do. And finally: We’d also like to thank our staff for all their hard work. We’re incredibly proud of all of you, and rather than tell you that to your face, we’d like to do it in the cold, dispassionate form of a press release.”
Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER debuted on HBO in 2014 and is currently in its fourth season, presenting new shows Sunday nights (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The show is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night. Taped in New York a few hours before it debuts on HBO, the show features a mix of Oliver’s topical commentary, pre-taped pieces and occasional guests.
So the controversial buzz from Maher and the two-time Best Variety Series from John Oliver will see us into the next decade. What do you think of that?