CNN to air Van Jones/Bill Maher town hall special

CNN to air Van Jones/Bill Maher town hall special

CNN's Van Jones will host a town hall featuring HBO's Bill Maher next week.

Maher, a progressive comedian and host of HBO's "Real Time" will take questions from a live studio audience in Los Angeles on Feb. 9, with Jones, briefly a member of the Obama administration, serving as moderator.

"The special will take a look at Maher’s history as a major influencer with more than 20 years on television as an outspoken voice in American politics and culture," reads the CNN announcement. "Less than one month since President Trump has taken office, Jones will lead a timely discussion with Maher and audience members on the administration’s recent Executive Orders, Supreme Court nominee, Cabinet appointments and where America is heading moving forward."

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CNN has added town halls as a periodic part of its primetime programming. Earlier this week, the network hosted a live town hall with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). CNN also has aired town halls with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy MORE (R-Wis.).

The Jones/Maher special will air two nights after a town hall debate between Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves Florida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops MORE (R-Texas) and Sanders from Washington, D.C.

--This report was updated at 11:08 a.m.