29 Sep 2020: 'Real Time With Bill Maher' renewed for two more seasons
Like it or not, the debatable and controversial night show Real Time With Bill Maher will be aired on HBO till 2022.
It is currently in its 18th season and has been renewed for two more.
In 2017, the contract was last revised that was to expire this year.
However, things have changed and this development definitely brings Maher's fans back to their seats.
Announcement: HBO isn't making me leave home, Maher excitedly said
Maher expressed his elation right after HBO programming EVP Nina Rosenstein announced "this partnership."
"18 years - I can't believe I'm turning 18 and HBO isn't making me leave home. Thrilled to be living under their roof for another couple of years," he said.
The show is executive produced by Billy Martin, Marc Gurvitz, Sheila Griffiths, Dean Johnsen, and Maher himself.
Details: The deal also includes a stand-up special and a retrospective
Rosenstein, in her statement, said that they are "happy to continue this partnership."
"For 18 seasons, Bill Maher and the talented team at Real Time have given audiences an unparalleled platform for debate, comedy, and social discourse," she added.
The renewed deal of Real Time With Bill Maher also includes a stand-up special and a retrospective, the dates of which haven't yet been decided.
Pandemic strategy: Last original episode shot on set was aired in March
During the pandemic, the show was shot remotely as Maher recorded it from his home.
As coronavirus swept over the country, the last original episode of the show, shot on set, was aired on March 13.
Various shows such as Last Week Tonight also switched shooting indoors.
Co-executive produced by Chris Kelly, Real Time is produced by Matt Wood and directed by Paul Casey.
Context: 'Real Time With Bill Maher' is a weekly talk show
Real Time With Bill Maher is a weekly US television talk show airing on HBO, hosted by the noted comedian-cum-satirist.
The show invites a motley panel of journalists, celebrities and politicians to debate on contemporary issues.
The show got flak in April when Maher defended Donald Trump calling COVID-19 a "Chinese virus."
He later downplayed it, saying he isn't "vilifying a culture."