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What to Watch, Weekend: HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' More

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Aug 29, 2008 | 3:33am EDT

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

MANDATORY VIEWING OF THE WEEK

Real Time with Bill Maher (Season Premiere) -- 11/10c on HBO

Most people either love Bill Maher or are repulsed by him, with no gray area--and yet his polarization is more complicated than Democrat-vs.-Republican. But if you happen to be a Maher-tyr, then the sixth-season premiere of Real Time is clearly mandatory, especially with the Democratic National Convention having wrapped the night before. Maher will not be shy--or politically correct, of course--when it comes to his opinions on the DNC and the upcoming election, and after suffering through three nights of predictable coverage (except for The Daily Show), R-rated irreverence is just what we need.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

For the Love of Grace -- 9/8c on Hallmark

If you insist on watching TV tonight, Hallmark might be your best bet--six words I never thought I’d say! It’s not that For the Love of Grace is a must-see, of course, but rather due to a lack of other options. Mark Consuelos (a.k.a. Mr. Kelly Ripa) stars as a recently widowed firefighter who rescues a workaholic author named Grace (Chandra West), who rescues him back. Get it? Yeah, you may just wanna read tonight.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31

SEASON TWO MINI-MARATHON

Mad Men -- 5/4c-11/10c on AMC

Lest those of us who’ve missed an episode decide to throw in the towel for season two, the folks at AMC give us a chance to play catch-up by re-airing all episodes to this point. The mini-marathon culminates with a new episode that centers on Don (Jon Hamm) and Duck (Mark Moses) trying to make peace at Sterling Cooper.

ALSO…

Brooke Knows Best -- 10/9c on VH1

Brooke (Hogan, for the many sensible people out there who haven’t been watching) auctions herself off as a prom date to help raise money for girls who can’t afford prom dresses. So…clearly those girls shouldn’t get their hopes up.

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