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Mitt Romney books first television interview since election. Guess which network...

Next Sunday, Mitt Romney will have his first sit-down interview since losing the presidential election.

The interview, which will air on Fox News Sunday, was announced on host Chris Wallace’s show yesterday. Ann Romney will also join him for the talk. Wallace said the interview will “ask them about the campaign, how they have dealt with their defeat, and what Gov. Romney thinks of Obama’s second term agenda.”

We’re guessing he’s not a fan.

A Sunday morning show is a more serious debut than Sen. John McCain’s first interview after his presidential election loss. McCain went with The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 2008, but that lighthearted chat took place just a week after the election.

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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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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

Mitt Romney cancels 'View' appearance

Mitt Romney is breaking Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s heart!

Gov. Romney will not be appearing on The View this Thursday, as his campaign had previously announced. His wife Ann will instead be interviewed by herself.

On Monday’s show, Barbara Walters said, “Gov. Romney was supposed to be on with us this Thursday with Ann Romney. We were looking forward to it. Over the weekend, his people said that he had scheduling problems and would not be coming on with us. Nor at this point did he feel that he could reschedule. We are happy to have Mrs. Romney on with us. We are sorry that we won’t have Governor Romney and that’s the situation…He can change his mind and we hope he does. It would be our pleasure to have him on the program.”

For those that had their heart set on seeing a presidential candidate on TV this Thursday, have no fear. President Obama will visit The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that night.

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Ann Romney to guest-host 'Good Morning America'

Katie Couric, Oprah Winfrey, and Chris Rock are already on tap to fill in for GMA‘s Robin Roberts while she recovers from a bone marrow transplant. Now another name has joined their ranks: Ann Romney, dressage enthusiast and wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

According to the Associated Press, Ann will host from the anchor desk during Good Morning America‘s 8 a.m. hour next Wednesday, Oct. 10. ABC tells EW that the potential first lady is technically a special guest host rather than a replacement for Roberts, though she will be sitting in Roberts’ spot next to George Stephanopoulos. ABC is trying to arrange a similar guest-hosting stint for First Lady Michelle Obama, though her schedule may not allow for it.

Romney’s GMA appearance comes in the wake of Wednesday’s first presidential debate, widely believed to have been a convincing win for her husband. It will also occur one day before the vice-presidential debate in Danville, Ky.

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Don't mess with that bird! PBS defends Big Bird against Mitt Romney's debate comments

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The Public Broadcasting Service responded fast and furious on Thursday to comments Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made in the first presidential debate Wednesday night about the feathered Sesame Street icon. Romney claimed “I love Big Bird,” but said that he would still slash public broadcasting, prompting the topic of Big Bird to run as rampant as a vat of bird seed on Twitter and other social media.

“We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation,” said PBS in a statement on its website. “For more than 40 years, Big Bird has embodied the public broadcasting mission – harnessing the power of media for the good of every citizen, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. Our system serves as a universally accessible resource for education, history, science, arts and civil discourse.”

PBS even bought ad space on Twitter, proclaiming in a promoted tweet: “PBS is trusted, valued and essential. See why at http://www.valuepbs.org. (please retweet!)”

As the presidential race between Romney and President Barack Obama surges on, we wonder if any other Sesame Street favorites will sound off or be targeted. Grover? Elmo? Ernie? Oscar the Grouch? He could probably hurl some trash talk Romney’s way. Pun intended!

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'Dirty Jobs' host talks at Mitt Romney event -- VIDEO

Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s hit Dirty Jobs is taking the stage for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Go ahead Dems, make the joke, we’ll wait…

“We have unintentionally disconnected ourselves in a really fundamental way from the most important part of our workforce,” Rowe said at one of Romney’s campaign stops in Ohio on Wednesday. “The people who keep the lights out, the people who allow the toilets to work … those are the heroes of Dirty Jobs… The reason it’s still on the air today is back in 2008, as many of you know all too well, the headlines in the country started to catch up to the themes in Dirty Jobs.” READ FULL STORY

'Kelly and Michael' to meet the Romneys

The Romneys are visiting Kelly and Michael. Producers of Live! with Kelly and Michael say Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and wife Ann will appear on the daytime talk show Tuesday.

The show announced Thursday that the Romneys will stop by the show’s New York studio to chat with Kelly Ripa and her new co-host, Michael Strahan, about life on the campaign trail.

It will be the Romneys’ first appearance on a daytime talk show during the 2012 campaign.

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R.E.M. demand Fox News stop playing 'Losing My Religion'

Artists as diverse as K’Naan and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider have all taken exception to the Romney campaign’s use of their music without authorization. Now R.E.M. has a dog in the fight: the band issued a cease-and-desist to Fox News after the network used their 1991 hit “Losing My Religion” in its coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

Lead singer Michael Stipe said in a statement, “We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there.”

That’s a bit more succinct than Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello was when he told off Paul Ryan, but it’s clear enough.

“FOX News Channel’s use of an R.E.M. song during Thursday’s edition of Fox & Friends was in full accordance with its license agreements with all appropriate parties. Nevertheless, we’re always flattered to have this much attention for a song selection and we hope R.E.M. was able to satisfy their publicity fix,” a representative for Fox News responded.

At least the Republicans still have Nicki Minaj.

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Ratings: Mitt Romney (and Clint Eastwood) help Fox News win the night, but it's not 2008 anymore

Mitt Romney has always had to work hard to prove himself to the heart of the Republican Party, but more than 25.2 million people tuned in to the major networks and cable news stations to witness his well-received acceptance speech, making his the most watched hour of the convention, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Enthusiasm — at least from a television perspective — continued to lag behind 2008, when John McCain and Sarah Palin were on the Republican ticket. McCain spoke to almost 39 million television viewers when he accepted his party’s nomination four years ago. This isn’t the 2008 election, which was unusual and highly contentious, in part because it was the first election that did not feature an incumbent or sitting vice-president in 40 years and in part because it featured two trailblazing candidates: Palin and Barack Obama. It will be interesting to see how the softer ratings impact the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. next week.

In the race for ratings, Fox News was again the big winner, drawing 9.1 million viewers during the 10 o’clock window that featured special guest Clint Eastwood, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Romney. In a distant second, ABC received a huge boost, with 55 percent more viewers — 4.4 million — tuning in compared to Wednesday night’s audience, when Rep. Paul Ryan made his speech. Their gains seemed to be at the cost of NBC, which surprisingly saw its viewership sag from Wednesday night.

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Ratings: Fox News scores another big victory, but Paul Ryan fails to top Sarah Palin

Fox News was once again the big winner at the Republican National Convention, but Paul Ryan could not equal the allure of 2008’s Republican star, Sarah Palin. The young Wisconsin congressman and vice-presidential candidate made a big splash in his first speech in the national spotlight, and despite some disagreements with the fact-checkers, his words played extremely well inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Overall, viewership was relatively steady compared to the convention’s first night, when Ann Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie set the tone for the event, but Fox News expanded upon its domination during the 10 p.m. window — when the networks joined the cable stations with coverage of the major speeches. More than 7.7 million viewers tuned in to Fox News, more than 3 million more than NBC, its nearest competitor. For the entire night, Fox News dwarfed CNN and MSNBC, with an average of 5.8 million viewers, more than twice their rivals combined audience.

Yet Ryan didn’t surpass his predecessor, Palin, who fueled a culture of fascination leading up to her enormously successful convention speech in 2008. More than 37 million people tuned in for her national introduction, including 9.2 million Fox News viewers. Ryan drew just over 20 million from the same networks.

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Ratings: Fox News convention coverage tops rivals

Fox News dominated its cable rivals and even topped the three major networks during last night’s coverage of the Republican National Convention, according to Nielsen Media Research. More than 6.8 million viewers tuned in to Fox News to see Ann Romney and New Jersey governor Chris Christie make their speeches during the 10-11 p.m. ET window, more than twice as many who tuned in to CNN (1.5 million) and MSNBC (1.5 million) combined. NBC was the only outfit within striking distance during that hour, averaging 4.8 million viewers — though Brian Williams and his team did edge Fox News in the crucial 25-54 demo by about 50,000 viewers.

For the 10 o’clock hour, Fox News’ ratings were up 11 percent compared to their coverage of the opening night of the 2008 Republican National Convention. That bump might be attributed to the one-day delay caused by Hurricane Isaac, which may have indirectly heightened anticipation, and a general surge in Republican enthusiasm to unseat a Democratic incumbent.

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