The announcement came during the network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Before Maher returns for the second half of the program’s fifth season, he’ll headline Bill Maher: The Decider, a live standup comedy act, Saturday, July 21 at 10 p.m. (EST).
HBO made several other announcements involving its flagship premium network and Cinemax channel Thursday, including:
• Curb Your Enthusiasm will return to HBO Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. (EST/PST). The premiere episode, titled “Meet the Blacks,” features guest stars Vivica A. Fox, Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Bob Einstein.
• Cinemax will premiere Martin Scorcese’s The Departed Aug. 25 and Pan’s Labyrinth Aug. 18. Additional premieres include Flags of Our Fathers (Sept. 29), Infamous (Aug. 24), Catch a Fire (Aug. 4) and The Science of Sleep (September).
• HBO will premiere a new comedy series, starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams, stars of hit British Broadcasting Corp. comedy Little Britain. Six half-hour episodes of the unnamed program will debut in 2008, HBO said.