The guy with all those funny views of the news debuts a new hour-long series on HBO Friday at 11:30 p.m. The 20-episode series will be called "Real Time With Bill Maher" and offer the comedian's unique perspective on contemporary issues.

"This edgy show will give a regular, uncensored forum for the first time ever on TV," says HBO Chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht. Maher's co-executive producers Brad Grey and Marc Gurvitz consider Maher's venture with HBO as an "ideal venue to showcase his unique talents and point of view."

Maher was the creator and host of "Politically Incorrect," which debuted on Comedy Central in 1993 and moved to ABC in 1997, ending its run this past year.

He has had three one-hour solo specials and a pair of half-hour stand-up specials on HBO.

Also debuting on Friday is the new six- episode HBO late-night comedy series "Da Ali G Show," starring Sacha Baron Cohen (hailed as the Peter Sellers of our generation.) in a U.S. edition of the hit British show.

Sunday on Showtime at 8 p.m. as part of its special Black History Month programming Showtime Original Pictures presents "Deacons for Defense," a true story of a group of African American men who chose to take an aggressive and armed stand in the civil rights movement. The film stars Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Silverman and Ossie Davis.

Sunday on the History Channel at 8 p.m. "The Chindit Raiders," the story of the British Army raiding force used in the jungles of Japanese-occupied Burma to disrupt supply routes and sabotage railroads. The unit, named after stone creatures that stood guard at Burmese temples, was commanded by dynamic and unconventional Brigadier Orde Wingate.

Sunday on A&E Network at 10 p.m., the debut of the new series "The Point," a program designed to go behind the headlines. The first episode, "Intimate Deception," delves into the ways of bigamists, usually clever con-artists wielding the powerful weapon of love.

Sunday on Lifetime at 11 p.m., "Together: Stop Violence Against Women," a documentary by Rory Kennedy and Liz Garbus presenting four diverse stories of survivors of violence including domestic abuse and sexual assault by a stranger.

Monday on the Disney Channel at 6 a.m., a six-hour President's Day marathon of the popular children's series "Rolie Polie Olie" followed by an eight-hour marathon of "Kim Possible" and "Proud Family" beginning at noon.

Monday on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m. "American Icons: Inside NASA's Space Centers" a look at what happens in the months before the dramatic countdown and blast off of space missions at both the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Tuesday on Cinemax at 7 p.m., "A Letter From the Deep" about a letter written by a newlywed sailor as he awaited death at the bottom of the sea aboard the Russian submarine Kursk, which sank in the Barents Sea in August of 2000 leaving no survivors, and the journey of grief and anger of his widow.