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[quote]Associated Press Online

November 20, 2002

HBO Picks Bill Maher For Talk Show

He may have been too politically incorrect for network television, but Bill Maher has found a new home on cable.

Maher will play host on a late-night talk show on HBO starting Feb. 21. The hour-long news and comedy program, which has yet to be titled, will air once a week for 20 episodes.

"HBO has enjoyed a productive long-term relationship with Bill Maher, who is one of the most distinctive and provocative humorists on the scene today," Chris Albrecht, chairman and CEO of HBO, said Tuesday. "This edgy new show will give him a regular, uncensored forum for the first time ever on TV."

Maher, 46, was the host of the late-night roundtable "Politically Incorrect" on ABC from 1997 until May, when it was canceled.

The author and comedian insisted the show still would be on the air if he hadn't made a remark a week after the Sept. 11 attacks that characterized previous U.S. military actions as "cowardly."

Maher previously hosted comedy specials on HBO including "Be More Cynical" and "Stuff That Struck Me Funny."<hr></blockquote>


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