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'Real Time with Bill Maher' renewed for ninth season (yay!)

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Image Credit: HBOBill Maher’s left-leaning (and frequently hilarious) HBO talk show Real Time with Bill Maher has been renewed for a ninth season, Variety reports. Not only that, but the ninth season, which will air starting in February 2011, will feature 35 episodes instead of the normal amount of 24 episodes, which means more New Rules! As someone who doesn’t subscribe to HBO (I know, I’m such a sinner), I often catch up on Real Time as YouTube clips inevitably start circulating the web. And in a media landscape that’s so dominated by preordained red vs. blue dialogue, it’s a breath of fresh air to watch Maher — a guy who’s so outside the mainstream political box that he has the freedom to say truly “outrageous” things, and then make you crack up while he does.

So, I’m definitely down for some more Real Time. PopWatchers, what about you? Are you hoping the talk show makes it to the 2012 presidential election?