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Michelle Obama to appear on 'Letterman'

Michelle Obama is bringing her chic style and master push-up skills to late night next Monday. FLOTUS is set to appear on Late Show With David Letterman on March 19. She will touch on her plans to mark the one-year anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative. Spearheaded by the first lady and Vice President Joseph Biden, the program stresses the struggle of military families and encourages Americans to help out.

This is Obama’s first time on the Late Show but it isn’t her first foray in the late night television. She dropped by The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to dish about the President’s favorite cake (red velvet) and Malia’s first cell phone. She also took on Jimmy Fallon in a fitness competition for the Let’s Move! initiative on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon back in February.

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TBS extends 'Conan' through 2014

Conan O’Brien’s late-night talkshow has been extended by TBS through April 2014, the network announced today. “We are proud to be in business with Conan O’Brien for the long run,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Night after night, Conan and his team have put together terrific shows that draw a young and fiercely loyal audience. As if that weren’t enough, they have also built a dynamic online presence that keeps fans engaged like no other show in late night.” READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert's mother ailing -- report

After Wednesday and Thursday’s episodes of the Colbert Report were canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances,” the New York Post is now reporting that Colbert’s 91-year-old mother is ailing and that the host suspended production to be with her in South Carolina. Comedy Central has not elaborated upon the cause for the sudden suspension, nor addressed a Wall Street Journal report that there had been an “emergency in Mr. Colbert’s family.”

“They are a very private family,” a source told the Post. “It’s not surprising that he did not want anyone to know what was going on.”

At this point, next week’s schedule is moving forward as planned, though a spokesperson for Comedy Central cautioned that it “is subject to change, as was the case this week.”

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'Saturday Night Live' scoop: Cast member Paul Brittain to leave immediately -- EXCLUSIVE

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Saturday Night Live viewers will notice one less familiar face on this weekend’s Channing Tatum-hosted episode: EW has learned exclusively that featured player Paul Brittain is leaving the show, effective immediately. A source close to the actor tells EW that Brittain “had the opportunity to pursue other projects, and he and the show parted ways amicably.” The comedian joined the show in September 2010 and performed original characters like “Sex” Ed Vincent as well as impersonations of stars like James Franco (see below).

Reps for SNL and Brittain had no comment. READ FULL STORY

Jonah Hill to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Adding to his ongoing list of accomplishments, first-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill will host Saturday Night Live for the second time in his career. A source close to the show confirmed that the Moneyball star will host the March 10 episode.

But before Hill returns to the stage at Studio 8H, his 21 Jump Street costar Channing Tatum will beat him to the punch, hosting this weekend’s new episode, with musical guest Best New Artist Grammy nominee Bon Iver.  (Zooey Deschanel, another SNL first-timer like Tatum, will have her go on Feb. 11.)

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'SNL' writer John Mulaney on his new Comedy Central special and why he'll never make fun of 'Friday Night Lights'

Stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live scribe John Mulaney makes plenty of pop culture references in his one-hour Comedy Central special New in Town: Among other jokes, there’s a well-delivered line about Ratatouille and even a pitch-perfect Def Comedy Jam take on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. But Mulaney, who has an affinity for all things television (“I don’t daydream, I just think about things I saw on TV. I’ve noticed that sometimes I’ll be staring off and I’ll just be thinking about a commercial I saw when I was 10, or when they lip-synched Ray Charles on The Cosby Show,” he jokes to EW), assures us there’s one thing he won’t go near in his act: Friday Night Lights.

“The biggest new show in my life has been Friday Night Lights, which I watched on DVD,” Mulaney tells EW. “So I was thinking about new jokes and brainstorming and I was thinking, ‘Well why don’t you talk about how much you like Friday Night Lights?’ and another part of my brain was like, ‘No. You will not cheapen Friday Night Lights in your stand-up!’ Also, I took the show so seriously, I don’t even know if I have any funny take on it other than it being great and I want to be Coach Taylor. I did talk like Coach Taylor a little after I watched the series. I would talked in clip sentences like [in a convincing Coach Taylor accent] ‘You get your priorities straight.’”
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Jay Leno sued for Mitt Romney joke

Somebody, it seems, takes Jay Leno’s jokes quite seriously.

NBC’s Tonight Show host recently showed a picture of a glittering gold building and claimed it was Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s summer home.

Ha-ha, because he’s rich, right? We get it.

Well, it seems the building is India’s Golden Temple of Amritsar, the holiest site in the Sikh religion. Sikh leaders were annoyed and protested the joke. Then Indian-American Randeep Dhillon filed a lawsuit. READ FULL STORY

NBC's giant Super Bowl plan: 18 hours of coverage, Fallon live show

The Super Bowl is the biggest event in television.

And NBC Universal has masterminded a plan to get every last ounce of viewership from it.

The company announced more than 18 hours of coverage for the 3.5-hour game, across NBC and its cable channels. A highlight: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will go on the road for the first time in the show’s history, travel to Indianapolis for four shows, including a live special to air on Super Bowl Sunday.

Here’s the full rundown of NBC Universal’s on-air coverage of the big game. They even roped in the Golf Channel — and that’s about a whole different sport — and the Weather Channel — even though, as a reader pointed out below, this year the game is played indoors. “Universal” spelled backward: It’s “Las Revinu”! From the release: READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama to appear on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

NBC announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will appear as a guest on The Tonight Show on Tuesday, Jan. 31. While Mrs. Obama has appeared on The Tonight Show before, it will mark her first time visiting as the First Lady. (Her previous appearance was on Oct. 27, just days before Barack Obama was elected the President of the United States.)

Mrs. Obama, who has become something of a familiar face on television lately, will be on hand to discuss, among other things, her ongoing “Let’s Move” campaign and her upcoming book about her artificial grass garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Did Craig Ferguson spoil 'Downton Abbey' during EW visit?

If you’re a fan of The Late Late Show, you know that Craig Ferguson is obsessed with Downton Abbey — to a fault.

On Tuesday’s show, while talking to EW’s Lynette Rice about midseason TV, he let slip an opinion (plot point?) about the character Mr. Bates that hinted he’d already seen season 2 in its entirety in Britain.

“Oops, spoiler alert,” he said. Twenty seconds of audience laughter followed while he grinned guiltily.

Though the spoiler sounded pretty genuine, PBS seemed to downplay the matter. Asked to comment on Ferguson’s overenthusiasm, Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece on PBS, issued the following statement to EW: “We love that Craig is such a big fan of Downton Abbey and he did that FAKE spoiler really, really well. We’re considering writing him into series 3 as an Under-Footman.”

Watch the clip below (the Downton Abbey conversation starts at 6:50), if you’re not pseudo-spoiler phobic. But beware the comments section, where Brits or impatient Americans who’ve spoiled themselves online may launch into their own conversation about Bates…  READ FULL STORY

David Letterman to surpass Johnny Carson with new 'Late Show' deal -- Report

about future years. There are no further details to announce at this time,” said CBS in a statement. But according to the New York Times, CBS has received the green light to retain key members of Letterman’s staff and that the host, who’s been at CBS since 1993, is looking to extend his deal for another two years. His current contract is due to expire this August.

If a deal is reached, Letterman would surpass the late-night run of his idol, Johnny Carson, who hosted The Tonight Show for 30 years. Letterman began his show on NBC, following Carson’s Tonight Show, back in 1982.

Representatives for Letterman did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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Kathy Griffin to host new Bravo talk show 'Kathy'

Bravo got into the talk show game seriously when it announced in November that Andy Cohen’s late-night gabfest Watch What Happens Live would be airing five nights a week, but now the cable network is expanding on that foundation by launching comedian Kathy Griffin into her own weekly talk show, titled Kathy. The news was announced today during the network’s presentation at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif. READ FULL STORY

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