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
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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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The socially conservative organization One Million Moms — which first made waves protesting Ellen DeGeneres’ role as a spokesperson for JCPenney’s — is not a fan of the Ryan Murphy universe. Over the summer, the protested his yet-to-be-seen sitcom, The New Normal, saying, “NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.”
On tonight’s The New Normal, Murphy responds. Jane (Ellen Barkin) is rallying the conservative troops (a.k.a some middle schoolers whose parents have Romney bumper stickers on their car) to protest a fake wedding between Jane’s granddaughter Shania and another classmate. She calls the girls “Future One Million Moms” as the girls repeat right-wing talking points such as “Marriage is between Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” and “Gay marriage is currently legal in six states. My mom says that’s six too many.”
Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY
The National Geographic Channel will premiere the feature-length film SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden on Nov. 4, two days before the presidential election. The film, which dramatizes the events surrounding the killing of Bin Laden and was originally produced by The Hurt Locker‘s Nicolas Chartier for a theatrical release, will then be available to Netflix members in the U.S. on Nov. 5.
Per the announcement, the deal arose after a discussion between NGC President Howard T. Owens and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, the distributor of the film, regarding the insight the movie provides into this moment in the War on Terror and American history. Noting that Weinstein is a supporter of President Obama, who greenlit the successful raid, the deal with Nat Geo (which is a joint venture between National Geographic and News Corporation’s Fox Cable Networks) could seem carefully timed to benefit the president at the polls. In a statement, National Geographic Channel denies that politics played any part in the deal: READ FULL STORY
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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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
In 2008, Homer had a little trouble casting a ballot for Barack Obama, and wound up voting six times for John McCain before he was sucked into the machine. Will it go any better for him this year on Election Day? Check out this preview clip from an upcoming episode of The Simpsons, in which Homer shows up at his voting station without proper identification before weighing his options of President Obama (“I already got one wife telling me to eat healthy”) and Mitt Romney (“I hear he wears magic underpants”). After casting his vote, Homer catches a shocking glimpse at Mitt’s tax returns, which leads to… well, see for yourself.
The Simpsons kicks off season 24 on Sept. 30 on Fox. READ FULL STORY
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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She has dozens of Washington Monument figurines. She keeps framed photos of Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice, and Janet Reno in her office. She once fashioned a Geraldine Ferraro action figure out of a photograph and a popsicle stick. In other words, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) loves the heck out of government. So it seems fitting that in the season 5 premiere of Parks and Recreation (NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m.), she journeys to Washington, D.C., where she visits with her beau, Ben (Adam Scott), who’s working on a congressional campaign, and takes care of some official Pawnee business.
But that’s just the tip of the Lautenberg. (As in Frank? Democrat senator from New Jersey? The oldest serving — Okay, okay, I’ll stop.) When Ben takes her to a high-powered cocktail party, Leslie gets up close and personal with such real-life U.S. senators as John McCain, Barbara Boxer, and Olympia Snowe. Try not to get choked up as you watch her encounter with two of those politicians in the following clip. READ FULL STORY
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.
Tom Hanks and Bill O’Reilly don’t always see eye-to-eye on things. Earlier this year, Hanks narrated an Obama re-election campaign video, a job that O’Reilly quickly dismissed as “career suicide.” Then, when an old home video turned up that captured Hanks at a 2004 private school fundraiser where a parent donned blackface as part of an ill-conceived skit, the Oscar-winning actor apologized to the Fox News personality because he name-checked him as a desperate punchline during the awkward videotaped banter.
But both men share a passion for history, with Hanks a star and producer of huge Hollywood films about World War II and the space race, and O’Reilly the author of a best-selling book about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. And sometimes, that’s enough.
Today, the National Geographic Channel — which is also partially owned by News Corp, the parent of Fox News — announced that the two will team up to turn O’Reilly’s book, Killing Lincoln, in to a two-hour television event. READ FULL STORY
NBC took some heat Tuesday when the Today Show opted to stick with an interview with Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner rather than cut to the ceremony at Ground Zero to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. The network was the only major television outlet not to cover the moment of silence, but NBC defended its decision, pointing out to the New York Times that their editorial decision was consistent with their previous coverage of the anniversary and that no public apology was forthcoming.
Behind the scenes, however, the president of NBC News Steve Capus sent a memo to the network affiliates yesterday, apologizing for the fallout from the negative attention. According to the Times, it read:
“Yesterday, we made an editorial call resulting in the Sept. 11 moment of silence not being seen. While we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers … and for that we apologize.”
An NBC representative clarified to the Times that the memo should not be interpreted as an apology for the editorial decision to stick with Jenner over the moment of silence, but an acknowledgment that the affiliates had to weather such criticism as a result.
Watch the Today video from Tuesday below: READ FULL STORY
His name is Jay Pharoah, and we bet he approves this message.
In an interview with The New York Times, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels said that Pharoah would play President Obama on the show, stepping in for Fred Armisen, who has impersonated the President since 2008.
“Jay has been doing Obama in his act this summer, and Jay is coming into his own,” Michaels said. “I just thought it might be time to shake it up.”
In presidential skits, Pharoah will surely face off against Jason Sudeikis — who returns to his Mitt Romney duties this season. Michaels added in the Times article that Armisen would still be a major player on the show, calling him “the backbone of the show now.”
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