Here’s the lineup for tonight’s new Real Time with Bill Maher

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 28: TV Host Bill Maher speaks during the HBO portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton on July 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 28: TV Host Bill Maher speaks during the HBO portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton on July 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) /

After another busy week of news what should fans expect to see on Real Time with Bill Maher?

With March coming to a close, temperatures around the country are rising. To coincide, things are heating up in Washington, D.C. as well. And when that happens, there is really no better place to turn than Real Time with Bill Maher. 

This is the perfect week for Real Time. The country is still dealing with the fallout from Robert Mueller submitting his report to Attorney General William Barr. Now comes the battle to get the report made public.

If you’re someone who prefers to take their political news with a dose of comedy, then it’s been tough to swallow this week. Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert were either off or on abbreviated schedules this week. That means that even more eyes will be on Bill Maher to make sense of everything.

Thankfully, Maher will be running a new episode of Real Time tonight on HBO. Here’s a breakdown of who you’ll see on the show tonight.


Kicking things off is a first time guest of Real Time. South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 Democratic candidate for president Pete Buttigieg will sit down with Bill Maher.

Buttigieg, 37, has been mayor of South Bend since 2012. Prior to that, he graduated from Harvard University and served as a Naval intelligence officer in Afghanistan. He is also the first openly gay municpal executive in Indiana.

In January, Buttigieg announced his candidacy for president. He has been building momentum since then due in part to viral clips of him challenging Vice President Mike Pence’s character. Much of his core political and personal beliefs stand in opposition to those of President Donald Trump, a topic Bill Maher is sure to explore.

Mid-show interview

A more familiar face will join Bill Maher for the mid-show interview. Lawyer Preet Bharara makes his second visit to Real Time.

Bharara is an appropriate guest because from 2009 to 2017 he served as the Attorney General for the Southern District of New York. Bharara was fired after refusing an order from then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for all Obama-era attorney generals to resign. It is the Southern DIstrict of New York where many believe President Trump could face the most problems as it conducts several investigations related to his finances and his associates.

Bharara can not only reflect on his time as an attorney general and the circumstances surrounding his dismissal but also provide some insight on what SDNY could be up to now. He can also weigh in on the wording of Bill Barr’s summary of the Mueller report and where things go from here.

The panel

Real Time with BIll Maher friend S.E. Cupp will be on the panel. It will mark her 13th spot on the show.

Cupp is a journalist as well as a political commentator who has been seen on HLN, MSNBC, and CNN where she hosts S.E. Cupp Unfiltered. Though Republican, Cupp has not been afraid to be critical of the party and longstanding conservative views.

Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan will also be on the panel. It will be her first time on with BIll Maher.

Slotkin was a CIA political analyst and intelligence briefer as well as an Iraq policy advisor in the State Department. She defeated Republican incumbent Mike Bishop in the 2018 election to represent Michigan’s eighth district. Her background in intelligence and foreign policy should come in handy during tonight’s panel discussion.

Rounding out the panel is author and blogger Andrew Sullivan. He is no stranger to the show with over 20 appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Sullivan calls himself conservative and has demonstrated support for many libertarian views. Earlier this month he commented on the influence of the pro-Israel lobby in response to the controversy surrounding Representative Ihlan Omar’s comments. That could very well come up as a topic for the panel as it remains in the news.

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Real Time with Bill Maher airs live tonight, March 29, at 10:00 PM ET on HBO. It should be an even more lively discussion than usual given the headlines and the guests slated to appear. Tune in and enjoy the show and as always, check back in with Last Night On for all the updates.