Real Time With Bill Maher - Season 5

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Episode Guide

  • November 9, 2007
    November 9, 2007
    Episode 25
    6.5
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is the season-finale and is Live from L.A.

    This week, Bill welcomes:

    * Ben Affleck, actor and director of the new film Gone, Baby, Gone.
     * George Carlin, comedian renown for his "Seven Dirty Words" routine.
    * Tom Brokaw, former NBC news anchor.moreless
  • November 2, 2007
    November 2, 2007
    Episode 24
    11/2/07
    7.3
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This week, Bill welcomes:

    * Martin Short, comedian/actor.
    * Alison Stewart, NBC/NPR journalist.
    * Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, founder of blog site "Daily Kos."

    Bill's non-panelist guests:

    * Valerie Plame, outed spy, and Joseph Wilson, ex-Ambassador.
    * Jeremy Scahill, author of the book "Blackwater."
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  • October 26, 2007
    October 26, 2007
    Episode 23
    10/26/07
    6.2
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This week, Bill welcomes:

    * Martina Navratilova, openly gay Tennis legend.
    * Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark, affiliated with the Democrats.
    * Andrew Sullivan, openly gay Libertarian conservative.
    Bill's guest via Satellite:
    * David Frost, contributor to Al Jazeera English.
    * Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), the senior-most Republican woman in the Senate.moreless
  • October 19, 2007
    October 19, 2007
    Episode 22
    10/19/07
    8.5
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This week, Bill welcomes:

    * Chris Matthews, host of "Hardball" on MSNBC.
    * Joel Stein, journalist from the LA Times and Time magazine.
    * Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
    Bill's guest via Satellite:
    * John Edwards, Democratic Presidential candidate.
    * Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion.moreless
  • October 12, 2007
    October 12, 2007
    Episode 21
    10/12/07
    7.5
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This week, Bill welcomes:

    * Joy Behar, co-host of "The View."
    * Tucker Carlson, host of MSNBC's "Tucker."
    * Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist.

    Bill's guests via satellite:

    * Vicente Fox, ex-President of Mexico.
    * Naomi Klein, author of the book "The Shock Doctrine."moreless
  • September 28, 2007
    September 28, 2007
    Episode 20
    9/28/07
    7.0
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This week, Bill welcomes:

    * Michael Eric Dyson, scholar.
    * Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), one of the engineers of the Democratic victory in the 2006 elections.
    * Pete Hamill, author/journalist from "The New Yorker."

    Bill's guest via Satellite:

    * Ken Burns, PBS documentarian, whose current show is "The War."
    * Maria Bartiromo, CNBC hostess of "Closing Bell"moreless
  • September 21, 2007
    September 21, 2007
    Episode 19
    9/21/07
    7.7
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This week, Bill welcomes:

    * Rob Thomas, musician, lead-singer of Matchbox Twenty.
    * Sir Salman Rushdie, controversial author, and newest target of Al Qaeda.
    * Janeane Garofalo, actress/comedian/activist.

    Bill's guest via satellite:

    * Michael Scheuer, author and former CIA agent, who was referenced in the recent Bin Laden video.
    * Bjorn Lomborg, environmentalist/author, whose famous book is "The Skeptical Environmentalist."moreless
  • September 14, 2007
    September 14, 2007
    Episode 18
    9/14/07
    7.1
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This week, Bill welcomes:

    * Drew Carey, comic/actor, new host of "The Price is Right."
    * Carl Bernstein, writer/journalist, who famously broke the Watergate scandal.
    * Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), who serves on the Energy and Commerce committee.

    And Bill's guests via satellite:

    * Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), who recently announced his retirement.
    * Robert Draper, author of the Bush bio "Dead Certain."moreless
  • September 7, 2007
    September 7, 2007
    Episode 17
    9/7/07
    6.9
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This week, Bill welcomes:
    * Cornel West, Professor of Religion at Princeton
    * Mos Def, rapper/actor, critic of the Katrina relief effort

    And Bill's guests via satellite:
    * Col. Larry Wilkerson (ret.), former Chief-of-Staff of Colin Powell.
    * Ralph Nader, consumer activist and some-time third-party candidate for President.moreless
  • August 31, 2007
    August 31, 2007
    Episode 16
    8/31/07
    7.5
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This week, Bill welcomes:
    * John Mellencamp, Rock-star and co-founder of Farm-Aid.
    * fmr. Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK), Democratic Presidential candidate.
     * fmr. U.S. Ambassador Barbara Bodine, writer.

    Plus via satellite, actor/blogger Harry Shearer and animal activist Ingrid Newkirk.moreless
  • August 24, 2007
    August 24, 2007
    Episode 15
    8/24/07
    7.2
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This Friday, Bill welcomes:

    * Tim Robbins, actor/director, outspoken for his liberal views.
    * Stephen F. Hayes, columnist for the neo-con magazine The Weekly Standard, who famously postulated a pre-war link between Al Qaeda and Iraq.
    * Michel Martin, Emmy-winning journalist for ABC/NPR.

    Bill's guests via satellite:

    * Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Presidential candidate.
    * Damien Cave, reporter for the NY Times.
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  • May 25, 2007
    May 25, 2007
    Episode 14
    5/25/07
    8.2
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This Friday, Bill welcomes:

    * Ben Affleck, actor and Democratic fund-raiser.
    * PJ O'Rourke, satirist and writer, and known as a libertarian-conservative.
     * Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Presidential candidate for 2008, known for his anti-war stance.

    And via satellite,
    * Michael Moore, documentary film-maker whose new film, "Sicko" is about the broken medical system.moreless
  • May 18, 2007
    May 18, 2007
    Episode 13
    5/18/07
    7.4
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    This Friday, Bill welcomes:

    * Actor Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), frequent guest on Real Time
    * Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), represents Orange County and is of Latin origin.
    * Wallstreet Journal Editoral Board member John Fund, author of "Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy".

    Bills guests via satellite:

    * Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons who is currenlty calling on his colleagues to clean up their act.
    * 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT).moreless
  • May 11, 2007
    May 11, 2007
    Episode 12
    5/11/07
    7.7
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Tonight, Bill welcomes:

    * Paula Poundstone, comedian who is a contemporary to Bill Maher.
    * Arianna Huffington, frequest guest of Bill Maher who describes herself as a reformed right-winger.
    * Frank Luntz, conservative political consultant, most famous for his attempts to discredit global warming science.

    Bills guests via satellite:

    * Richard Engel, NBC's Middle-East correspondent, who has covered the Iraq war since it's beginning.
    * Christopher Hitchens, author/journalist and out-spoken atheist whose latest books is "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything."moreless
  • May 4, 2007
    May 4, 2007
    Episode 11
    5/4/07
    8.0
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Tonight, Bill welcomes:

    * Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN), who lost a bid for the Senate in the 2006 election to Bill Frist, partly due to a famous attack ad.
    * Sean Penn, Oscar-winning actor and activist who has independently visited Baghdad and New Orleans in humanitarian missions.
    * Garry Shandling, Emmy-winning comedian, most famous for "The Larry Sanders Show."

    Bills guests via satellite:

    * Tommy Thompson, former Governor of Wisconsin and Health and Human Services Secretary who announced a bid for the GOP nomination for President.
    * Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon most famous for being a medical correspondent for CNN and CBS.moreless
  • April 27, 2007
    April 27, 2007
    Episode 10
    4/27/07
    7.4
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Tonight, Bill welcomes panelists:

    * Richard Belzer, Actor/Comedian/Writer, he has appeared many times on "Real Time."
    * Lisa Schiffren, Conservative speechwriter.
     * Jamie Tarabay, Journalist for NPR, covering Iraq from Baghdad since Dec. '05.

    Bill's interview guests:

    * Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Presidential candidate of 2004 and 2008 elections, who has initiated impeachment proceedings against Vice-President Dick Cheney.
    * David Iglesias, one of the 8 US attorneys fired in 2006 by the Gonzales Justice Department.moreless
  • April 20, 2007
    April 20, 2007
    Episode 9
    4/20/07
    6.9
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Tonight, Bill welcomes:

    * Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT), formerly served in Dept. of Agriculture under Bill Clinton
    * John O'Sullivan, conservative columnist and editor of "The National Review"
    * Amy Holmes, GOP strategist who formerly worked for Sen. Bill Frist

    Bills guests via satellite:

    * Bill Moyers, journalist who is currently hosting PBS' "Bill Moyers' Journal."moreless
  • April 13, 2007
    April 13, 2007
    Episode 8
    4/13/07
    7.4
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Tonight, Bill welcomes:

    * Dana Carvey, comedian/actor, most famous for SNL and the Wayne's World movies.
    * Fmr. Sen. Bill Bradley (D-NJ), NBA Hall-of-Famer and US Senator for three terms who ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2000.
    * Scott McClellan, White House Press Secretary 2003-2006.

    Bill's guests via satellite:

    * Rev. Al Sharpton, African-American rights activist and icon.
    * Sheryl Crow, Rock singer/songwriter and survivor of Breast Cancer.
    * Laurie David, political activist most famous for her environmentalism. Producer on the Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."moreless
  • March 30, 2007
    March 30, 2007
    Episode 7
    3/30/07
    7.5
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Tonight, Bill welcomes:

    * Catherine Crier, former Dallas County Judge and correspondent on CNN/ABC/FOX. Crier is presently the host of "Catherine Crier Live" on Court TV.
    * D.L.Hughley, actor and comedian who was most recently on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."
    * Michael Smerconish, radio host and sometime contributor to MSNBC. Known for his views against political correctness.

    Bills guests via satellite:

    * Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State under Bill Clinton and personal confidante of Sen. Hillary Clinton.
    * Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), candidate for the 2008 Presidency known for his Libertarian beliefs.moreless
  • March 23, 2007
    March 23, 2007
    Episode 6
    3/23/07
    8.5
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Tonight, Bill welcomes:

    * Shirley Franklin, Democratic Mayor of Atlanta and described as the first African-American woman mayor of a major southern city.
     * David Frum, neocon journalist and former speechwriter for George W. Bush.
    * John Legend, three-time Grammy winning African-American R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist.

    Bills guests via satellite:

    * Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor under President Carter and currently a professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.
    * Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of the two current Independant Senators, he recently introduced the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act.moreless
  • March 16, 2007
    March 16, 2007
    Episode 5
    3/16/07
    9.1
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Tonight, Bill welcomes:

    * Jason Alexander, actor on TV's "Seinfeld" and regular guest on Real Time.
    * Dan Rather, former CBS news anchor and respected journalist.
    * Martha Raddatz, chief White House correspondent for ABC and formerly of NPR.

    Bills guests via satellite:

    * Chris Rock, actor, formerly of SNL, known for his outspoken comedic routines.
    * Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), possible 2008 presidential candidate who is known to espouse personal fitness and creationism.
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  • March 9, 2007
    March 9, 2007
    Episode 4
    3/9/07
    7.5
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Bill's panel guests are:

    * Roseanne Barr, Comedienne/Actress most famous for ABC's Roseanne is an outspoken critic of the current administration.
    * Dana Milbank, political reporter for the Washington Post and analyst on MSNBC. He has covered the last two presidential elections extensively.
    * David Kuo, former Special Assistant to George W. Bush, whose book "Tempting Faith" asserts that Bush used the religious right for political purposes.

    Also appearing by satellite:

    * Deepak Chopra, author of more than 40 books on spirituality and health. His new book is entitled "Life After Death."
    Bill's guest by satellite:

    * Paul Eaton, a retired Army Major General, who was in charge of training the Iraqi military circa 2003-2004. He has since been highly critical of the handling of the war, with a pointed finger at Donald Rumsfeld.moreless
  • March 2, 2007
    March 2, 2007
    Episode 3
    3/2/07
    8.1
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Bill's panel members are:

    * John Ridley, writer/creator of Undercover Brother and stories that formed the basis of U-Turn and 3 Kings. He is also a film director and a regular contributor to public radio.
    * Rep Barney Frank (D-MA), Congressman since 1981 and is an openly gay liberal. He is currently the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
    * Joe Scarborough, host of Scarborough Country on MSNBC and former Rep R-FL. A conservative who has been critical of the current leadership.

    Bill's guests by satellite are:

    * Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter currently writing for The New Yorker. He recently wrote that the US was developing plans to bomb Iran.
    * Mia Farrow, Actress in such films as Rosemary's Baby and Hannah and her Sisters. She is a UNICEF ambassador who is currently drawing attention to the Darfur crisis.moreless
  • February 23, 2007
    February 23, 2007
    Episode 2
    2/23/07
    8.5
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    In this episode, Bill welcomes:
    * David Mamet, writer/director for stage and screen
    * Steven Weber, professor of political science at UC Berkley.
     * Ayaan Hirsi Ali, prominent critic of Islam.
    * Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), a leader of the DNC

    And via satellite,
    * Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), potential Presidential candidate.moreless
  • February 16, 2007
    February 16, 2007
    Episode 1
    2/16/07
    8.9
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Bill's panel members are:

    * Carly Fiorina is the former CEO (1999–2005) and Chairman of the Board (2000–2005) of Hewlett-Packard (HP).
     * Craig Ferguson is the host of The Late Late Show on CBS. He is from Scotland and is an Emmy-nominated actor, film director, screenwriter, comedian, composer, and novelist.
    * Michael Steele is a former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland (Republican). Presently, he is a political pundit on the CNN series The Situation Room.

    Bill's guests by satellite are:

    * John Edwards is a one term former U.S. Senator for N.C. He was the 2004 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee and is presently running for the Democratic 2008 Presidential nomination.
    * John Amaechi is a former NBA basketball player. He is working a broadcaster in the United Kingdom. In February 2007, Amaechi publicly announced that he is gay and became the first player associated with the NBA to come out.moreless
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