Wednesday, February 15, 2006

If You Have HBO, Friday Night Is Must-See TV...

Real Time with Bill Maher returns from its 6-month hiatus. I always look forward to Fridays, but this nearly doubles myFridaylust.

Haven't seen Real Time? Here's what it's like: the best dinner party discussion you've ever been involved in (provided of course you have smart friends who are articulate). Bill calls the shots, and he's decidedly liberal, though often speaks quite ill of the Democrats.
"They got beat by Bush...twice???" When he speaks ill of us, we tend to deserve it mightily.

His guests are most always interesting, often bizarre, usually quite informed. From Gore Vidal to Howard Dean To Paul Hackett to Michael Moore to Ann Coulter--yes, Ann--to Arianna Huffington to...well, the list goes on and on. His conservative guests tend to be bright and bold, and they have to be because they take quite a flogging from Bill and guests.

I'm a big fan of the diverse views clashing. It's like springtime in south Texas. A cold front from the north, a tropical front from the coast, BAM! But Maher keeps things in the realm of fact, or at least well-spoken opinion. It's like intellectual television, but on steroids.

This Friday at ten his guests will be Helen Thomas and Dan Senor. Senor being a key advisor to Paul Bremer and Helen being a vocal critic of the Iraq war, this promises to be interesting. There will be another 3 or 4 guests, but they are as yet unannounced. Perhaps one will be from the waitstaff on a south Texas ranch who can tell us how many beers Dead-Eye Dick downed before mistaking a six-foot man dressed in orange for a quail. I wouldn't put it past Bill to land an interview like that.


Blogger progressivegrannie said...

Thanks for the heads-up. We have set at timer on the TV so we don't forget to watch it!

12:14 PM  

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