Is Real Time with Bill Maher new tonight, March 20?

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Should Real Time with Bill Maher fans expect to see a brand new episode tonight on HBO?

The novel coronavirus epidemic has closed schools, canceled events, and shut down stores. Late night television shows are no different and have been seeking alternative ways to deliver content to fans. What does that mean for Real Time with Bill Maher?

Last time we saw Real Time, Bill Maher was delivering his monologue to an empty studio. The show still featured guests including chef Andrew Zimmern and risk perception expert David Ropeik.

But we know that since last Friday things have changed drastically. The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has increased. More businesses have been forced to close and daily routines have been completely upended.

There are of course much bigger concerns right now than late night television. Yet for millions of people, these shows are an important part of those daily routines. Real Time with Bill Maher has especially been a source of comfort and entertainment for the past 18 seasons.

There will not be a new episode of Real Time with Bill Maher tonight. There has yet to be an announcement regarding when the show will return to HBO.

Maher could follow the example of other comedians like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel by producing something at home. But the strength of Real Time has always been the eclectic mix of guests on the show and replicating that in a DIY fashion doesn’t seem feasible.

So in the meantime, fans can continue to follow Maher on Twitter or revisit past interviews on the show’s YouTube channel. You can also check out these links to past articles on Last Night On:

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