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President Obama to make first appearance on 'Live with Kelly and Michael'

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan are headed to Washington.

On today’s Live! with Kelly and Michael, the co-hosts announced their first-ever interview with President Barack Obama. The duo is headed to D.C. to talk to Obama in the Blue Room of the White House, where they’ll discuss the recent “White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit,” among other topics.

The interview will air Friday, May 30, 2014.

President Obama to make first appearance on 'Ellen'

President Barack Obama wants to make sure all uninsured Americans know about the deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage — so, naturally, that means turning to Ellen DeGeneres for help.

Obama will appear on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show via live shot from the White House. He’ll be reminding viewers that the deadline to sign up for Obamacare is March 31.

Though he made a memorable guest appearance on the talk show when he was campaigning for president (see below for video), this will be Obama’s first time on Ellen as commander-in-chief.

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Joel McHale to headline 100th White House Correspondents' Dinner

The Soup goes to Washington!

Community star Joel McHale — who also hosts E!’s weekly pop culture recap show — will headline the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, WHCA President Steven Thomma announced today.

“We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,” said Thomma on Twitter. “He’s sharp, funny, and just the type of comic who can navigate the unique challenge of our dinner, making fun of Democrats, Republicans and especially the news media. Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing.”

Last year, Conan O’Brien hosted the annual event, which skews both politicians and the media. (The most memorable Correspondents’ performance, however, is probably still Stephen Colbert’s blistering 2006 speech.) This year, the event — broadcast on CSPAN — will take place May 3.

In a likely preview of jokes to come, McHale tweeted, “This is very cool & the website to apply to host it worked perfectly.”

Bill O'Reilly to interview President Obama before Super Bowl

President Barack Obama will sit for a live interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly before the Super Bowl.

The interview at the White House will air as part of Fox’s pregame show Feb. 2.

It’s become an annual tradition for the president to talk to the network televising the game on Super Bowl Sunday. O’Reilly also interviewed Obama before the Super Bowl three years ago, the last time Fox had the NFL championship.

Fox said Thursday that an additional recorded portion of the interview will be aired on The O’Reilly Factor on Feb. 3.

Netflix CEO asks Obama if he'd like to cameo on 'House of Cards' -- VIDEO

Spoiler alert: Our Commander in Chief didn’t say yes. But he also didn’t say no, meaning that anyone yearning to see Barack Obama play, like, BBQ pitmaster Freddy‘s smooth-voiced cousin from Chicago can still hold onto a tiny bit of hope.

Netflix head honcho Reed Hastings’ offer came Tuesday, right before a meeting between Obama and several tech industry CEOs, including Apple’s Tim Cook and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer as well as Hastings. (According to Time, they were talking about NSA surveillance.) He made the quip right after Obama wondered aloud whether Hastings had brought any advance screeners of House of Cards along with him.

After the group had a hearty laugh and Hastings invited Obama to cameo on the show, the president revealed that he actually wouldn’t mind if real-life Washington were a little more like the cutthroat capital depicted on creator Beau Willimon’s show: “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” the president said. “It’s true. It’s like Kevin Spacey, man, this guy’s getting a lot of stuff done.”

Thanks to CBS News, we’ve got video of the whole thing. Feast your eyes, Underwoodites:

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Hugh Jackman to host 'Christmas in Washington' special

Prisoners was the darkest Thanksgiving-set movie in recent history, but Hugh Jackman is still all about the holidays. The Tony-winner and Hollywood action star will host TNT’s annual holiday spectacular Christmas in Washington, a White House-sanctioned gala that will be taped in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 15 and air on TNT on Dec. 20.

The Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick, Janelle Monáe, and Train’s Pat Monahan will perform for the Obamas, and TNT’s basketball pundit Charles Barkley will make a special appearance. (As Santa?)

The Obamas, Barkley, “Broadway” Hugh, and the Backstreet Boys… all in one place… singing carols. You’re welcome, Saturday Night Live.

Obama plans six TV interviews to talk Syria

President Barack Obama will make the television rounds on Monday to discuss the his plans for intervention in Syria in advance of  next week’s Congressional votes.

Obama will give interviews to ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and Fox during the day on Monday, all of which will air during each station’s Monday evening news broadcasts. The White House announced the President’s media plans on Saturday.

Interviewers include Diane Sawyer for ABC, Brian Williams for NBC, Scott Pelley for CBS, Wolf Blitzer for CNN, Gwen Ifill for PBS, and Chris Wallace for Fox News. The President will also address the nation on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Boston Marathon explosions: Obama makes statement

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UPDATE: President Obama made a statement from the White House press room regarding the Boston Marathon explosions on Monday.

“The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight,” Obama said. “We don’t yet have all the answers, but we do know multiple people have been wounded, some gravely, in explosions at the Boston Marathon … We still do not know who did this, or why. People shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this and we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice … we will hold them accountable.”

Obama notably avoided describing the bombings (video below) as a terrorist attack.

Some broadcast news telecasts outside of prime-time have been extended. Also, NBC will preempt Revolution for an NBC News special report with Brian Williams at 10 p.m. ET

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'The Bible' team says Obama-Satan similarity 'utter nonsense'

The network and producers behind The Bible miniseries are denying any intentional resemblance between The Devil and President Obama in Sunday night’s episode.

History Channel and executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey issued a flurry of statements strongly asserting that the actor cast as Satan in the popular cable miniseries wasn’t supposed to look like Obama. Last night fans took to social media to point out the resemblance, prompting headlines.

“History channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” the network said. “The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History’s The Bible is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.” READ FULL STORY

'Key & Peele' renewed for third season, thanks to Obama

Image Credit: Ian White/Comedy Central

You can thank President Barack Obama for this one, Key & Peele fans. Comedy Central’s sketch comedy series starring the multifaceted duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele has been renewed for a third season. Thirteen more episodes of political incorrectness await in the fall of 2013.

“Since Obama won re-election, it only seems fair that we would give Key & Peele another season,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s head of original programming and production, in a press release.

Key and Peele recently visited fan President Obama and regularly impersonate him in their skits. “We are so thrilled about the pick-up and want to thank Comedy Central for four more years!” Key and Peele said in a press release. “Oh wait, what’s that? One more year? Oh … okay, that will work too.”

The show’s season finale will air tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.

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Does Mitt Romney's loss mean Jason Sudeikis will leave 'SNL'?

Four more years… of Jay Pharoah on Saturday Night Live! Barack Obama’s reelection all but ensures that SNL‘s talented impressionist will enjoy job security through at least 2016. But the status of Pharoah’s sparring buddy is a lot less certain. Mitt Romney’s big loss could easily mean that Jason Sudeikis will soon go the way of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, two longtime SNL cast members who exited the show at the end of last season. Sure, Sudeikis also plays Obama’s vice president — but can we really expect him to stick around just to occasionally caricature Joe Biden?

Rumors about Sudeikis’s impending departure began flying last spring and intensified over the summer — especially after Sudeikis himself hinted he was on his way out in interviews with Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, and the L.A. Times. But in September, NBC confirmed that Sudeikis was sticking around for Saturday Night Live‘s 38th season — or, at least, the first half of it. “Right now the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January,” Lorne Michaels told the New York Times. Sudeikis became a featured player on SNL in 2005.

If he does say “adios” in early 2013, Sudeikis won’t be the first cast member to exit SNL mid-season.  READ FULL STORY

'South Park' makes bold election prediction with Wednesday's ep, titled 'Obama Wins!'

Who will lead the United States for the next four years? We won’t know for sure until tomorrow night — but according to Trey Parker and Matt Stone, President Obama should expect to achieve victory. Well, on South Park, anyway.

Comedy Central revealed today that the animated comedy’s next episode, which airs the day after the election, is titled “Obama Wins!” But don’t take this as a sign that Parker and Stone have gotten liberal in their old age. The pair has spent 16 seasons gleefully skewering targets from all over the political spectrum, resisting easy labels like “reactionary” or “progressive.” (This is how Stone summed up their political beliefs in 2001: “I hate conservatives but I really f—ing hate liberals.”)

South Park‘s 2008 election episode avoided political commentary altogether, mocking voters from both parties for overreacting to the contest’s results. The episode also posited that the election was actually an elaborate smokescreen built to conceal Obama and John McCain’s true goal: stealing the Hope Diamond from the Smithsonian.

The bottom line: We should definitely take “Obama Wins!” with a grain of salt. Here’s a tantalizingly brief clip from the episode, which reveals how Eric Cartman may hold the key to the election’s outcome:

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'Fox and Friends' accuses NBC of using hurricane benefit concert to boost Obama

Is NBC’s upcoming Hurricane Sandy telethon truly a benefit for victims of the superstorm — or is it actually a stealth benefit for Barack Obama?

The latter — according to Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy and guest host Eric Bolling — is a distinct possibility. During today’s episode, both questioned why NBC’s affiliates are airing the benefit tonight rather than waiting for New York City to “get its feet under itself”; Bolling called NBC’s timing “more than suspect.” Later, he elaborated: “This just seems like a rush job because the election is gonna be [in] three days.”

Both Bolling and Doocy also pointed out that three of the benefit’s headliners — Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel — are vocal Obama supporters. “Where are the conservative performers?” wondered Doocy. (Maybe Meat Loaf will make an appearance?)

The bottom line, in Doocy’s words — “Is it a hurricane benefit or a concert for Obama?” See the clip here:

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