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What to expect from 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' -- VIDEO

John Oliver has already promised to give viewers insight on major news stories happening around the world…“eventually.” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which eschews the 24-hour news cycle for a weekly series that curates the top stories — or at least those with the best punch lines — from the previous seven days, is set to premiere April 27 at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.

Until then, the show has posted a few new clips that provide a glimpse at the kind of humor we can expect from the Daily Show alum’s new venture. The two videos feature Last Week web producer Josh Gondelman and parody the GOP’s recent ad campaign targeting hipsters, women and minorities:


Sarah Palin shows wild side in 'Amazing America' trailer -- VIDEO

Sarah Palin wants you to get “red, wild, and blue” in preparation for her upcoming reality show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin.

“This show is gonna highlight that freedom that we get to experience in America,” Palin says in the latest trailer for the show. Her idea of freedom? Man caves, wrestling, race cars, and target shooting, according to the teaser.

Amazing America with Sarah Palin premieres April 3 at 8 p.m. on Sportsman Channel. Watch the promo below:


NYC mayor Bill de Blasio to appear on 'The Good Wife'

Bill de Blasio appears ready for his close-up.

New York City’s new mayor will be making an appearance on the small screen. He has a guest appearance slated on the show The Good Wife. The episode is to air March 16.

De Blasio said he and his wife Chirlane McCray are “deeply obsessed” with the CBS political drama.

He said Tuesday that he was thrilled to meet the cast, which includes Julianna Margulies.

De Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, appeared on the show last year.

The series is loosely inspired by another New York political figure: Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer resigned as New York governor in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal.

Ex-MTV VJ Kennedy on her new libertarian news show -- and 'hooker-in-training' Miley Cyrus

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery is best known to a generation as, simply, Kennedy — the hip MTV VJ who helped introduce America to Nirvana and Soundgarden on  Alternative Nation, mimed oral sex on a mic during the 1994 VMAs — while standing next to Rudy Giuliani, no less — and eventually came out as a die-hard Republican. (In a ’94 Vanity Fair profile, she even declared her ardent love for former vice president Dan Quayle.)

Nearly 20 years later, the 41-year-old mother of two has left her wild-child past behind for a career as a writer, radio host, and Fox Business contributor. But while her political views haven’t really changed, the way she labels herself has: Kennedy now identifies as a libertarian. Her next project, a Fox Business roundtable called The Independents, will allow Kennedy and her co-hosts, Matt Welch and Kmele Foster, to tackle news from an angle that, in her mind, is both tough to find on TV and absolutely vital. “The reason our show exists is because the idea of a two-party system has failed,” she tells EW.

Hours before her new show’s big premiere, Kennedy called us up to chat about the evolution of her political views, what she’s hoping to achieve with The Independents, the glory days of MTV — and her thoughts on Miley’s infamous VMA performance.

Former MTV VJ Lisa Kennedy Montgomery to host libertarian Fox Business show

What’s next — Downtown Julie Brown moving to CNBC?

Fox Business announced Tuesday that Lisa Kennedy Montgomery — better known as ex-MTV VJ Kennedy, the hipster conservative host of Alternative Nation from 1992 to 1997 — is joining the network as host of a new program called The Independents. The series, which will air Monday through Wednesday and Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET, will feature “a roundtable discussion about the day’s news, with a focus on the protection of economic and civil liberties.”

Montgomery isn’t a new addition to the Fox family — she joined the company’s business network as a contributor and special correspondent to John Stossel’s weekly talk show last year. Previously, Montgomery hosted Fox Reality’s recap show Reality Remix from 2005 to 2008.

Matt Welch, editor of the libertarian monthly Reason — to which Montgomery also contributes — and Kmele Foster, chairman of the conservative/libertarian America’s Future Foundation, will co-host The Independents alongside Montgomery.

The roundtable will premiere Monday, Dec. 9.

Sarah Palin cancels 'Today' interview over Martin Bashir's comments

An NBC News source confirms that vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is nixing a planned sitdown with Matt Lauer, which was to air on an upcoming episode of Today. The source adds that NBC is hoping to reschedule the interview.

According to the former governor’s Fox News colleague Howard Kurtz, Palin is still incensed about recent comments made by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir — who said Friday that Palin deserves to be defecated on for comparing the national debt to human slavery. (Bashir apologized for his “wholly unacceptable” remarks on Monday, calling them shameful, inaccurate, and “unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics.)

While MSNBC suspended Up Late host Alec Baldwin after the actor shouted a gay slur at a photographer last week, it has taken no disciplinary action against Bashir — even though the latter host’s inflammatory statement was made on air.


'Years of Living Dangerously' trailer: Ian Somerhalder, Matt Damon, more take on climate change

This April, James Cameron joins forces with producer Jerry Weintraub and Showtime for Years of Living Dangerously, a multi-part television event that focuses on the effects climate change has on the environment and its citizens all around the globe.

In eight episodes, the series will travel everywhere from Texas to Maine, the Middle East, the North Pole, Bangladesh, the South Pacific and more. Along for the ride are a number of celebrity correspondents, who meet with those affected by climate change and hear their stories. The list of celebrities includes Ian Somerhalder, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Olivia Munn, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, America Ferrera, and Michael C. Hall.

The first trailer for the television event shows the correspondents traveling around the globe, talking to both experts and everyday people affected by climate change. Watch the trailer below:

GOP official ousted after 'The Daily Show' appearance -- VIDEO

Don Yelton, a Republican county official from North Carolina, has resigned his post after his Wednesday night appearance on The Daily Show, in which he made meandering and awkward racial remarks while discussing new state voting laws. Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi had traveled to North Carolina to investigate the effects of the Supreme Court overturning a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, and Yelton was interviewed as a supporter of the state’s new voter ID laws.

During their chat, Yelton claimed that the law was not racist, but when it came to discussing himself, Yelton wasn’t so sure. Responding to a statement — not a question, but a statement — from Mandvi that Yelton was not racist, he paused before replying, “Well, I’ve been called a bigot before.” However, “one of my best friends is black.”

He then went on to reference “lazy blacks” and even mention the N-word more than once. He continued to talk until Mandvi finally stopped him with, “You know that we can hear you, right?” Yelton was well aware.

After the video went viral, the Buncombe County Republican Party asked Yelton to resign, in a statement:

“Mr. Yeltons comments are offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party. In no way are his comments representative of the local or state Republican Party.

‘Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton’s comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon,’ said Chairman Mitchell. ‘This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.'”

The call for resignation was quickly followed by one from the state GOP. Yelton, speaking with Pete Kaliner on WWNC-570 radio, said that he had resigned.

Watch the segment below, in which Yelton explains how the law will “kick Democrats in the butt”: READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin to 'restore balance' to MSNBC, according to promo -- VIDEO

“Responding to criticism, MSNBC has turned to a man who can restore balance to an unbalanced network,” MSNBC host Ed Schultz says at the top of the following clip. “A man who will address the great issues of our time while keeping his emotions in check. Above all, a man who values reason over passion and provides a soothing voice for these troubled times.”

Who could Schultz be describing — Brian Williams? Morgan Freeman? The ghost of Edward R. Murrow, perhaps?

Nope: It’s Alec Baldwin, who jumps into frame as Schultz is finishing his speech. Turns out we’ve been watching a commercial for Baldwin’s upcoming current events and culture talk show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin, all along. Given the look of dismay Schultz shoots Baldwin, it’s safe to call this ad firmly tongue-in-cheek — which bodes well for the future of the Emmy winner’s show. (Funny Baldwin is much more fun than rage-filled Baldwin.)

NBC cancels Hillary Clinton miniseries

Boy, that escalated quickly.

Just hours after CNN formally canceled a planned documentary about the life and work of Hillary Clinton, NBC has announced that it, too, is nixing a Clinton-themed project.

“After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/mini-series development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton mini-series,” the network said in a statement.

The four-hour special, written and directed by Oscar nominee Courtney Hunt, was to star Diane Lane as the former first lady-turned-senator-turned-secretary of state.

Shortly after CNN and NBC’s Clinton projects were announced this summer, the Republican National Committee voted unanimously to block both networks from hosting GOP presidential primary debates if they aired either program. RNC Chair Reince Priebus criticized both networks prior to the vote, calling the Clinton doc and miniseries “extended commercial[s] for Senator Clinton’s nascent campaign.”

Clinton has not yet announced whether she will run for president once more in 2016.

Bill Clinton to appear on 'Late Show With David Letterman' for ninth time


Former President Bill Clinton will be a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman on Monday, CBS announced today.

It will be his ninth time on the show. His last appearance was on Oct. 12, 2011, when talking points included Clinton’s conditioner, trade deficits, and philanthropy. Clinton will be in New York for the annual meeting of his Clinton Global Initiative, according to the network’s press release.

The Clinton Global Initiative “convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges,” according to its website.

Alec Baldwin gets MSNBC talk show

MSNBC’s prime-time lineup is getting some star power with Alec Baldwin, at least for one night a week.

The cable news network announced Thursday that the actor will host Up Late With Alec Baldwin, a current events and culture talk show to air Friday nights at 10 p.m. ET. The show is modeled after a podcast he’s been doing for WNYC radio in New York, interviewing personalities like David Letterman, Dick Cavett, and Republican political strategist Ed Rollins.

The network said the show will begin in October. The two-time Emmy winner for 30 Rock and 16-time host of Saturday Night Live may be back in familiar territory. But MSNBC says it hasn’t been determined yet whether Baldwin’s show will tape at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

CNN moves up return of 'Crossfire,' citing Syria vote

With a congressional vote on Syria looming, CNN can’t wait to get Crossfire started again.

The network says the daily debate program will begin Monday, Sept. 9. CNN had originally planned for the show to debut the following Monday, but it moved up the premiere because of President Barack Obama’s request that Congress vote on a military response against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, and Van Jones are the new combatants on Crossfire. The 30-minute show will air weekdays at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The show aired for many years on CNN before being stopped in 2005 after it was criticized by The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. But new CNN boss Jeff Zucker has advocated bringing it back.


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