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MTV to air live interview with President Obama

MTV says it will air a live 30-minute interview with President Barack Obama across its various networks and platforms on Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern time and on tape delay at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

Viewers are being invited to submit questions for the president on MTV’s Facebook page. MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway will interview Obama at the White House, while Andrew Jenks will be reporting from a Washington-area college campus.

MTV hopes many questions will focus on issues important to young voters, such as jobs and the cost of college.

The interview will air on five different networks, MTV.com and its mobile platform.

Spokeswoman Janice Gatti says the network has reached out to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a similar special, but hasn’t gotten a response.

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ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz on the art of national debate moderating

Bob Schieffer has a big task ahead of him tonight presiding over the third and final presidential debate. No debate moderator comes out of the experience completely unscathed, but ABC News Foreign Affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz’s performance in the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan — watched by 51.4 million viewers — was met with largely positive reviews. Raddatz talked to EW about what goes into moderating a huge political debate. READ FULL STORY

Barack Obama to visit Jay Leno on Wednesday

President Barack Obama will be sitting down with Jay Leno on the set of The Tonight Show Wednesday, less than two weeks before Election Day.

NBC says Wednesday night’s appearance will be Obama’s fifth on The Tonight Show, his third since he became president.

Obama has been making the late-night rounds as the presidential campaign has picked up steam. He was on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman last month, and chatted with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show last week.

Mitt Romney has avoided the late-night talk shows since he became the Republican party’s presidential nominee. But his wife, Ann, did appear on The Tonight Show last month.

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President Obama will appear on 'Daily Show' next week

President Obama will be Jon Stewart’s guest on The Daily Show next Thursday, Oct. 18, the Comedy Central program announced Friday.

This will mark the President’s sixth time on the late-night show, and his second since his election. He was last on the show in October 2010.

President Obama will have just finished his second debate against Mitt Romney on Tuesday; perhaps the duo can compare notes. Stewart just finished his own debate against Bill O’Reilly.

Mitt Romney has never appeared on The Daily Show.

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Obama responds to Romney video on 'Letterman': 'As president you represent the entire country'

President Obama is making his second-ever Late Show with David Letterman appearance Tuesday night, and Dave couldn’t resist asking the incumbent for his reaction to the election buzz of the week — yes, that video in which his opponent, Mitt Romney, is caught on camera saying that 47 percent of the voting public don’t matter to him. CBS released some of the interview early on YouTube.

“One of the things I’ve learned as president is you represent the entire country,” Obama said, in an appearance that starts off with some humor, but gets pretty serious quickly. “My expectation is if you want to be president you have to work for everybody and not just work for some”

Letterman did joke with Obama about staying fit (he weighs 180, for those keeping score at home).

For the rest of the interview, Letterman airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS and we’ll have our take on the President’s appearance later tonight. Check out the preview below:
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Armisen vs. Pharoah: Which 'SNL' President Obama do you prefer? POLL

Which Barack Obama has got your vote?

As EW previously reported, there was a shift for commander-in-chief Saturday on Saturday Night Live as Jay Pharoah made his debut as President Obama with an introduction (“Who’d want his job?”) by former Obama Fred Armisen.

As many have remarked, Obama’s no Bill Clinton or Sarah Palin – he’s not the easiest guy to impersonate. But with a skilled impressionist in the cast, many wondered how long we would have to wait for Pharoah (whose Obama impression from his stand-up already had quite a few fans) to tackle SNL‘s buzziest role.

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Ratings: Bill Clinton scores for Democrats, edging NFL and Republicans

With the National Football League season’s first game on NBC, the Democrats were battling more than just the Republicans on Wednesday night — at least in the ratings war. And while more than 20.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the Giants and the Cowboys face off, Bill Clinton’s speech drew virtually an identical amount, 20.6 million — though he couldn’t match Michelle Obama’s television audience from Day 1. Moreover, for the second night in a row, the Democrats edged the Republicans in the number of eyeballs that tuned in to this year’s conventions. (Twenty million people tuned in to see Paul Ryan give his convention speech last week.)

The figures were down, however, compared to Day 2 of the 2008 convention, when 22.2 million people tuned in to hear Hillary Clinton make her address, endorsing her one-time rival, Barack Obama.

With Brian Williams and the NBC team taking the night off, the biggest beneficiaries were ABC and Fox News. During the prime speaking hour of 10 o’clock, ABC’s total viewers were up 42 percent, while Fox News scored a 29 percent uptick. ABC and CBS both leapfrogged over MSNBC to finish first and second for the night. READ FULL STORY

Ratings: Michelle Obama lifts ratings, gives MSNBC a boost

NBC and MSNBC were the most watched networks during last night’s Democratic National Convention, which was highlighted by a well-received speech from First Lady Michelle Obama. According to Nielsen Media Research, 5.0 million watched on NBC during the 10 o’clock hour while another 4.1 million tuned in to MSNBC’s coverage.

While Fox News dominated the Republican National Convention last week, surpassing the major networks each night, last night was a big win for MSNBC, which saw its viewership nearly double from opening night of the 2008 DNC. In what might be considered a surprise, the total audience for all six major news organizations’ coverage held steady from four years ago — up a tick, actually, from 21.7 million to 21.9 million — and slightly topped Night 1 of the Republican’s convention in Tampa.

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MTV moves up VMAs to avoid conflict with Obama's DNC speech

MTV has moved up the start of its annual Video Music Awards so its fans won’t have to choose between pop stars and President Barack Obama.

The show is airing Thursday, the night Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for another term as president. But MTV said Tuesday it will run the show an hour earlier than it usually does to not conflict with Obama’s speech.

The show will run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time. The president is scheduled to speak from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., after 10 p.m.

The video awards are a considerable draw for young viewers and usually run around Labor Day. MTV often uses the awards show to introduce new programming in the hour afterward but will not do so this year.

Last year’s show was seen by 12.4 million people, more than anything on the broadcast networks that week and likely MTV’s largest audience ever. The highlight of last year’s show was Beyonce’s announcement that she was pregnant.

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'Key and Peele': How Luther the Obama Translator came to be -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Monday we posted an exclusive clip from Key & Peele — featuring “Luther, the Obama Anger Translator” — called “S*** Mitt Romney Doesn’t Say.” EW was on set during the shoot and spoke to MADtv vets Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele about the origin of the Luther character…and a very special “I approve this message” from the president himself. READ FULL STORY

Obama and Romney to star in presidential-debate trilogy

Don’t look for podiums, opening statements or surprise topics at the debates if President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney follow the plan organizers released Wednesday. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates said debates would be 90 minutes each and feature topics that would be announced ahead of time so voters and candidates alike can study the subjects. “The debates are the most widely watched political programs of any kind,” debate planners Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry said in a statement. “These format changes are designed to promote substantive dialogue before, during and after the debates about the major issues of the day. They will permit citizens and candidates to come prepared for a series of voter education forums that inform and engage the public.”

Moderators for the televised events are set to be announced in August. READ FULL STORY

President Obama visits 'The View'

A day after making a historic move in declaring his support for same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama has booked an exclusive interview with The View. POTUS will sit down with Barbara Walters and the rest of the panel next Monday as part of the show’s “Red, White & View” campaign. The interview will air the next day, May 15. It’s Obama’s fourth time on the show (and second appearance as President). “We promise to let him get a word in edgewise,” joked Walters.

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President Obama will be on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' April 24

Even though Jimmy Fallon was embarrassingly bested by President Barack Obama’s wife Michelle during a fitness contest back in February, he’s not holding any grudges against the First Family. Fallon tweeted earlier this morning, “The President of the United States!?!?! @BarackObama see you Tuesday!!! #obamaonfallon.” No word on whether he’ll address Ted Nugent’s recent run-in with the Secret Service, but you can imagine how he might react by checking out the Obama expressions clips in Late Night‘s archive of Obama videos.

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