Schedule Watch: June 23

This week’s Real Time With Bill Maher (SoHo/2, various times) marks the 500th episode of the HBO series. “We went on the air in 2003,” Maher quips. “Since then, weed has become increasingly legal, religion is on the decline, and less people are having children. You’re welcome, America.” Guests include historian Allan Lichtman (The Case for Impeachment), columnist Dr. Debra Soh, LGBTQ sex-advice columnist Dan Savage, progressive radio host Thom Hartman, and Liz Mair, a political consultant and communications official for the Republican National Convention during the McCain-Palin campaign.

This year also makes the 30th anniversary of Maher’s first HBO stand-up special but he’s not joking when he argues Oprah Windfrey is the only candidate the Democrats could recruit to beat President Trump’s re-election. “There’s no underestimating the power of celebrity in modern American politics … it’s not the way it’s supposed to be be, it’s not the way I’d like it to be but we officially live in a post-literate, post-truth, star-f—er society and this is going to be the dirtiest campaign ever.”

The final two contestants have been announced for Celebrity Treasure Island: rugby league legend Gary Freeman and runner and model Lana Van Hout. They will join Matty McLean, Lily McManus, Zac Guildford, Sam Wallace, Karl Burnett, Moses Mackay, Shane Cameron, Rosanna Arkle, Athena Angelou, Ladi6, Shannon Ryan and Jodie Rimmer for the series reboot, which TVNZ 2 will launch this winter.

On tonight’s Sunday (TVNZ 1, 7.30), Matt Chisholm gets up close and personal with wild kiwi to see if New Zealand can achieve its goal of being predator free by 2050.

On tonight’s 60 Minutes (Prime 9.30), Sharyn Alfonsi is in Texas, where record numbers of migrants are causing a major border crisis, and Scott Pelley reports on Chinese websites selling fentanyl to drug dealers and addicts in the U.S.

Monday’s Fair Go (TVNZ 1, 7.30) explores what is fair play when you mix gender with children’s sport and goes into bat for a woman accused of putting dirty fuel into her brand new car, causing a breakdown.

Tuesday’s 20/20 (TVNZ 1, 9.30) updates with new interviews the 2010 case of man who murdered a friend to steal his money, and then killed a young woman in an attempted cover-up.

Booked this week for Prime’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert are:

  • Monday: Naomi Watts, Ahamed Weinberg, the Raconteurs.
  • Tuesday: Tom Holland, Andrew Yang.
  • Wednesday: Zendaya, Julian Edelman, Jenny Lewis.
  • Thursday: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Incubus.
  • Friday: Gov. Chris Christie, Carly Zakin, Danielle Weisberg.

And lined up for TVNZ 1’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show are:

  • Monday: Priyanka Chopra and Boy George.
  • Tuesday: The cast of The Big Bang Theory.
  • Wednesday: Brie Larson.
  • Thursday: Alec Baldwin.
  • FridayRay Romano and Kelly Clarkson.
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