Talkshow gets pickup for eighth season

HBO has given an eighth season renewal to venerable political talkshow “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

Skein bowed in 2003 and has become a Friday-night staple of HBO’s sked. It drew 1.2 million viewers in its primary 10 p.m. airing last season, up 24% from season six.

“Real Time” is exec produced by Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Brad Grey, Marc Gurvitz and Billy Martin.

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