Real Time with Bill Maher

HBO has renewed Real Time with Bill Maher for a ninth season

The premium-cable network announced Thursday that the political talk show, which includes roundtable discussions with panelists from show business and politics, was picked up for 35 hourlong episodes slated to air in early 2011. The deal secures Bill Maher for two more years with HBO.

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"Bill Maher is one of the most sought-after opinion makers on TV," said Nancy Geller, senior vice president of HBO Entertainment. "I'm delighted that this fearless and provocative observer will return to HBO next year."

Real Time's predecessor was the Maher-created Politically Incorrect. The show debuted in 1993 on Comedy Central before running on ABC from 1997 to 2002.