Josh Wolk
June 09, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
06/19/06
performer
Bill Maher
genre
Talk Shows
We gave it a C

On the June 1 debut episode of his weekly Amazon.com series, Amazon Fishbowl With Bill Maher, Maher bragged multiple times that his is the ”first Internet talk show.” Considering that all he’s done is put TV’s tired monologue-and-celebrity-guest chat format online, this weekly cyberbore is about as technologically innovative as putting a motor on a pair of socks. The interviews are far too plug-happy, and Maher is so used to combating guests on HBO that even when he’s ass-kissing Dean Koontz and the Dixie Chicks, it sounds accusatory. This isn’t the future of television, it’s just a crankier, broadband Pat Sajak Show.

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