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

Season 12 premieres on Friday

HBO has renewed “Real Time With Bill Maher” for the show’s 13th season, the pay-TV cable channel said on Wednesday.

The politics-based comedy program, which bows its 12th season on Friday, brings HBO an average gross audience of 4.1 million viewers per episode in its Friday 10 p.m. ET timeslot.

On the renewal, Maher stated, “It’s a pleasure to be returning for a 13th season on HBO. It’s something you rarely see in Hollywood: an on-again, on-again relationship.”

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Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989, eventually starring in nine. He is also an executive producer of HBO’s news magazine show “Vice,” which returns for its second season March 14.

“Bill Maher has been a treasured member of the HBO family since the late ’80s, and his irreverent wit and fearless insights make him the perfect observer for these unpredictable times,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. “I’m delighted that we can continue to offer an uncensored forum for his original and thoughtful humor.”

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The executive producers behind “Real Time With Bill Maher” are Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Brad Grey and Billy Martin; produced by Dean E. Johnsen; director, Paul Casey.