Is Real Time with Bill Maher new tonight, May 21?

Bill Maher (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Bill Maher (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images) /

Real Time with Bill Maher took a rare night off last week following Bill Maher’s COVID-19 diagnosis. What should fans expect to see tonight on HBO?

Despite being fully vaccinated, Maher tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the days leading up to the May 14 show. The late night host reported no symptoms and appeared to be in good spirits on Twitter. His only regret was the end of his streak of never missing an episode dating back to his Politically Incorrect days.

Unfortunately, Maher has a new streak going. There will not be a new episode of Real Time with Bill Maher tonight.

According to Maher, it was not his decision to cancel this week’s show. The comedian’s tweet suggests it was HBO’s decision and that he remains without any symptoms.

HBO will reair an episode of the Kate Winslett drama Mare of Easttown during Real Time‘s regular timeslot. The late night show is set to return to the air on May 28.

What to watch instead of Real Time with Bill Maher

It’s disappointing that we’ll have to go another week without hearing from Bill Maher, especially given everything that happened this week. On the bright side, it means that Maher’s return next week will be a must-see episode.

If you’re still in the mood for late night TV on Friday, you have options. Or, option to be more specific.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is brand new on NBC. The crossover among Real Time and Tonight Show fans may not be very big, but it’s better than nothing. Jimmy Fallon’s guests tonight are Constance Wu, Bowen Yang, and Lord Huron featuring Allison Ponthier. It airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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