Friday night is HBO political chat and eye opening world news night, so get the martini shaker ready and settle in for a great round of stimulating debate, thought provoking conversation and immersive journalism as “Real Time with Bill Maher” begins with Bill’s opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with guests, followed by VICE.
Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas is the top-of-show interview guest. Comedian Sarah Silverman is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are editor David Frum, radio and TV host Michael Smerconish and playwright Anna Deavere Smith.
As comprehensive immigration reform has languished in Congress, undocumented immigrants have increasingly come forward to share their stories in order to call attention to the need for a change in federal laws. One of the leading voices has been Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.
In 2011, he outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in The New York Times Magazine. He chronicles his experience in the new film, “Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American.
Then the show is followed by a new edition of “Vice” debuts at 11:00 p.m., followed by a replay of REAL TIME at 11:30 p.m.
Bill Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in nine solo specials to date, including the hour-long presentations “Bill Maher…But I’m Not Wrong,” “The Decider” and “I’m Swiss” (both nominated for an Emmy® in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special category), “Victory Begins at Home,” “Be More Cynical,” “The Golden Goose Special” and “Stuff That Struck Me Funny,” and two half-hour stand-up specials, plus the specials “30 Seconds Over Washington” and “Comic Relief VI™.” Maher is also an executive producer of the innovative news magazine show “VICE,” which is now in its second season on HBO.
HBO has renewed REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for a 13th season of 35 editions, to begin in Jan. 2015.
Maher was the creator and host of “Politically Incorrect,” which was produced by HBO Downtown Productions and debuted on Comedy Central in 1993. The series moved to ABC in 1997 and ran through 2002.
His last book, “The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass,” was published in November 2011 and made the New York Times bestseller list. Maher’s 2006 book, “New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer,” also made the New York Times list, as well as bestseller lists across the country. He is also author of the books “When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism,” “Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? The Best of Politically Incorrect” and the novel “True Story.” Maher produced and starred in the 2008 feature film “Religulous,” the seventh most successful documentary of all time.
Other HBO playdates: May 25 (1:45 p.m.), 26 (2:50 a.m.), 27 (7:00 p.m.) and 28 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: May 23 (2:15 a.m.), 24 (10:15 a.m., 12:35 a.m.), 25 (7:00 p.m.) and 27 (10:00 p.m.)