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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.

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.

White House responds to Jimmy Kimmel's China controversy

The White House has responded to a petition calling for an apology and the removal of Jimmy Kimmel’s television show by saying the comedian can’t be forced off the air.

More than 105,000 people signed the petition on the White House website. It followed an October broadcast of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! featuring a segment in which Kimmel spoke to young children about U.S. government debt owed to China.

One boy said “kill everyone in China” when Kimmel asked how the U.S. should repay the Asian power.

In its response, the White House noted that ABC and Kimmel have apologized, and that the network has removed the segment from future broadcasts and its online platforms.

The White House also noted that the Constitution protects free speech, even when it’s offensive.

Edward Snowden to address Brits in Christmas program

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Britain’s Channel 4 says National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will speak directly to Britain in its annual “Alternative Christmas Message,” a slot typically reserved for provocative or offbeat addresses.

The television channel said Tuesday that the appearance would be Snowden’s first television broadcast since he arrived in Moscow, where he has been granted temporary asylum following his exposure of the NSA’s secret domestic surveillance apparatus. Snowden’s revelations have prompted a global debate over the limits of surveillance and the value of privacy.

The queen delivers Britain’s “Royal Christmas Message,” but Channel 4 has used its parody version to give a platform to people as diverse as Iran’s then-President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in 2008, and fictional characters including Ali G and Marge Simpson in 1999 and 2004, respectively.

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

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

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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.

Charlie Rose interview with Syrian president airs Monday

Charlie Rose sat down with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday in Damascus in an interview that will air Monday on PBS and CBS News. It’s al-Assad’s first American TV interview in two years.

Rose called in to Face the Nation on Sunday morning to preview the interview, telling Bob Schieffer that al-Assad denied that he had anything to do with a chemical weapons attack last month.

President Obama will tape six interviews about Syria on Monday with ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and Fox, all of which will also air Monday night.

Watch the Rose preview below:
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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.

CNN, NBC won't be hosting GOP presidential debates

The Republican National Committee, responding to plans by two television networks for programs about Hillary Rodham Clinton, approved a resolution Friday to block CNN and NBC from hosting GOP presidential primary debates.

The unanimous vote affirmed RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’s threat against the networks if they went ahead with programs about Clinton, a possible Democratic presidential contender. Priebus said CNN has “an obvious bias.”

“That’s a network that won’t be hosting a single Republican primary debate,” Priebus declared, receiving a standing ovation from Republican activists from across the country gathered for the committee’s summer meeting in Boston. READ FULL STORY

Republicans let Fox Television off the hook for Hillary Clinton miniseries

NBC is running the risk of losing out on one of TV’s best reality shows: the Republican presidential primary debates. The GOP’s debates of 2011-12 featured some of television’s most-talked-about moments, from Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 chorus to Rick Perry’s “Oops” moment to Mitt Romney’s $10,000 bet — and in 2015, there’s always the chance that Donald Trump could join the cast.

When NBC Entertainment announced in July that it was planning a 2014 miniseries about presumed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane playing the former first lady, there was an inevitable reaction from the Right. Republicans accused NBC — which also runs the liberal-leaning MSNBC — of promoting its favored candidate, journalism watch-dog groups agreed that the miniseries was a serious conflict of interest, and even high-ranking NBC News personnel, like Chuck Todd, expressed their unease. (Republicans were equally cross about CNN’s plans for its own Hillary Clinton documentary.)

Republicans, who view Clinton as the most formidable 2016 Democratic candidate — though she hasn’t declared her intentions yet — aren’t willing to stand silently while she enjoys a bounty of free publicity. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, called on CNN and NBC to cancel their Clinton TV projects — “political ad[s] masquerading as an unbiased production” — and threatened to keep the Republican debates away from those networks if they refuse to comply. In the 2012 election debates, CNN and NBC (and its cable subsidiaries) sponsored 11 of the 20 Republican debates.

The politics and motivations seemed simple enough, but NBC, it turns out, is in talks to farm out the production of its Clinton miniseries to another company… Fox Television Studios. That’s the same Fox that also runs Fox News, the conservative cable news channel that is perceived as a friendlier room for Republican candidates. Would the RNC hold Fox News accountable with the same threat it levied at CNN and NBC? Well, no.
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Republicans want NBC, CNN to pull Hillary Clinton programs

The Republican National Committee charged Monday that NBC and CNN are promoting a potential presidential candidacy by Hillary Rodham Clinton, threatening to blackball them from future GOP primary debates if they air planned programs on the former secretary of state.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus called a planned NBC miniseries on Clinton and a CNN documentary on the first lady an “extended commercial” for a future Clinton presidential campaign. In separate letters to the networks, he urged them to cancel “this political ad masquerading as an unbiased production.”

Clinton has not yet said whether she’ll run for president again in 2016 but her future remains the subject of wide speculation in political circles and beyond. The primary debates typically provide a ratings boost for the networks and are highly-coveted as the presidential campaign unfolds.

In making the charge, the RNC was raising a common complaint among Republican activists that news and entertainment industries favor Democratic candidates. Republicans have also used a potential Clinton campaign as a fundraising tool in recent months as both parties begin to assess the crop of candidates to succeed President Barack Obama.
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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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