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Bill Maher: We’re Not In ‘Dull Times’ for Our 20th Season

Maher spoke with Deadline on a variety of topics regarding what has changed since he began hosting the show in 2003.

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“Real Time with Bill Maher” is entering its 20th season on HBO, and the comedian/late-night host spoke with Deadline on a variety of topics regarding what has changed since he began hosting the show in 2003.

One of the aspects that Maher mentions that the show has changed since his first season hosting the program is the politics. He goes into specifics regarding how the two parties have altered from the first years George W. Bush to the present day. 

“Now, since about I don’t know 2015 or so there’s been a real sea change in what’s going on, on the left,” Maher said. “Now, I always will maintain that the right is the more dangerous faction in this country, especially since they don’t believe in elections — I mean, you have to keep that in perspective.”

“One side does not believe in the form of government we have. What do you do about people who are in the government who don’t believe in your form of government?”

Maher then transitioned to discussing how he sees the United States entering his 20th season and covering politics in this country. 

“Not a great place. It could’ve been worse if the election went the other way,” Maher said. “And I, again, per the prediction you were talking about, think the real day of reckoning is going to be between election day 2024 and Inauguration Day 2025, because that’s when the rubber really hits the road.”

Finally, Maher reflected on where he sees the show now that it’s running on two decades, saying that they’re not living in ‘dull times’ and reveals what some of the talking points will be for them this year. 

“I mean, I’ll say this, we don’t live in dull times. It’s frightening in many ways, sometimes depressing, but not uninteresting,” Maher said. “I feel like Covid is still the dominate issue of our lives right now, and it should not be anymore. And I think the big discussion on our show Friday night when we go on is that is should we continue with the Covid policies we’ve had in the past?”

“Or do we have to do a reset and just say this thing is never going away and we can’t always be living in a state of emergency? And of course, the other thing is, as we’ve been talking about also, Trump and what’s going to happen with our democracy.”

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Jake Tapper Will Interview Trevor Reed to Discuss Russian Imprisonment

Reed will share with Tapper the realities he faced while being a prisoner for 985 days

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U.S. Marine Trevor Reed spent nearly three years in a Russian prison, and now he will discuss for the first time what he experienced since his release with CNN anchor Jake Tapper. 

The company announced that the exclusive interview will air as a CNN Special Report, “Finally Home: The Trevor Reed Interview,” airing this Sunday, May 22, at 8 pm ET.

Reed will share with Tapper the realities he faced while being a prisoner for 985 days; furthermore, they will discuss wanting to free other Americans who are wrongfully imprisoned in Russia and other countries. 

“Viewers will also hear from Reed’s family, whose steadfast crusade to get him out of Russia is a large part of why he is now safely home,” CNN said in a statement for the special. 

“In addition, the special will feature the families of other Americans who are still being held by foreign governments, including the family of fellow US military veteran Paul Whelan, currently detained in Russia, as they continue to fight bravely for their loved ones who they desperately hope will come home.”

For those who cannot watch the special when it airs, the interview with Reed will stream live for pay TV subscribers via CNN.com and CNN OTT and mobile apps under “TV Channels” or CNNgo.

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Peabody Organization Gives Career Achievement Award to Dan Rather

Past career award recipients include Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson, and Sam Pollard.

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Dan Rather’s career in journalism spans over six decades, and for over 20 years, he was the anchor of “CBS Evening News from 1981 to 2005. The Peabody organization now recognizes him for his contributions to media with the Peabody Career Achievement Award.

The Peabody organization states that the award is handed out to people whose profession and dedication to broadcasting and digital media have left a memorable impact on the field and in American culture. 

“Dan Rather’s remarkable career — from local news reporter and international correspondent to network anchor — is a textbook example not just of what quality reporting looks like, but how journalists serve democracy well,” Jeffrey Jones, executive director of the Peabody Awards, said. 

“Spanning over six decades, Rather helped viewers understand and interpret some of the most traumatic historical events in our nation’s history, from the Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam War to 9/11 and more. We are happy to call attention to and celebrate his life’s work.”

Past career award recipients include Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson, and Sam Pollard. Furthermore, the Peabodys are preparing to announce its 30 winners on June 6-9. 

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WGA Members at CBS News Ratify New Agreement

The new agreement was approved by 89% of those CBS News members who voted on the deal

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Roughly 260 Writers Guild of America members who are employed at CBS News have chosen to vote and overwhelmingly authorize a new three-year contract. The new agreement was approved by 89% of those CBS News members who voted on the deal, per Deadline.

Those members in the WGA from East to West from the news media outlet see the new deal cover who work as news writers, producers, graphic artists, desk associates, and others at the network’s news operations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

“In a challenging environment, we were able to make real gains,” said WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson. “Because our members at CBS News mobilized and made their voices heard.”

“We won a solid contract that raises pay, includes a hefty boost in pension contributions, increases fees, and makes transformational gains for longer-term ‘temporary’ employees – severance pay and parental leave.”

The WGA states that this new contract for the WGA members at CBS News includes:

• Staff will get 2% minimum salary increases each year and a full pension rate increase will be paid by the company.

• Temporary employees pay goes up 3.50% in year one, 3.0% in year two, and 3.25% in year three.

• Producer fees increase to $50 in Los Angeles and New York in the second year of the contract, and to $50 by the third year at WBBM in Chicago.

• Fee for filling in for executive producer or senior producer in many but not all circumstances.

• Acting editor fee rate increases by 15%.

• Severance pay for long-term full-time temps.

• Parental leave for long-term full-time temps.

• Improved comp day calculation for a small number of temps.

• Increased severance pay for long-term staff employees; up to 48 or even 72 weeks for certain layoffs.

• Side letter on company process for requesting work from home.

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