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'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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The Odd Couple: Tom Hanks and Bill O'Reilly pair up for 'Killing Lincoln'

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 sends apology to affiliates after 'Today's 9/11 omission

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

Lorne Michaels: Jay Pharoah to take over Obama job on 'SNL'

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.”


MTV moves up VMAs to avoid conflict with Obama's DNC speech

MTV has moved up the start of its annual Video Music Awards so its fans won’t have to choose between pop stars and President Barack Obama.

The show is airing Thursday, the night Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for another term as president. But MTV said Tuesday it will run the show an hour earlier than it usually does to not conflict with Obama’s speech.

The show will run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time. The president is scheduled to speak from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., after 10 p.m.

The video awards are a considerable draw for young viewers and usually run around Labor Day. MTV often uses the awards show to introduce new programming in the hour afterward but will not do so this year.

Last year’s show was seen by 12.4 million people, more than anything on the broadcast networks that week and likely MTV’s largest audience ever. The highlight of last year’s show was Beyonce’s announcement that she was pregnant.

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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.

Click below for the complete figures: READ FULL STORY

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.

Click below for complete figures… READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama to make return visit to 'Late Show with David Letterman'

First Lady Michelle Obama is set for another chat with David Letterman.

Her next appearance on Late Show with David Letterman will air on Wednesday, Aug. 29, right in the middle of the Republican National Convention, which runs Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

As for where the interview falls in Obama’s schedule, she will be in the midst of her back-to-school media tour “where she will discuss helping parents get their children ready to return to the classroom as well as important changes to school lunch programs nationwide to provide healthier, more nutritious food,” according to a CBS press release.

Next week’s show will be Obama’s third visit to the Late Show. She took on the program’s Top 10 duties in June when she presented the “Top Ten Fun Facts about Gardening,” and in March, she talked to Letterman about her Joining Forces initiative and which stores are worth “sneaking out” of the White House for (Target, of course! And PetCo too).

The episode will air at Aug. 29 at 11:35p.m. on CBS.

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'Key and Peele': How Luther the Obama Translator came to be -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Monday we posted an exclusive clip from Key & Peele — featuring “Luther, the Obama Anger Translator” — called “S*** Mitt Romney Doesn’t Say.” EW was on set during the shoot and spoke to MADtv vets Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele about the origin of the Luther character…and a very special “I approve this message” from the president himself. READ FULL STORY

'Key and Peele': Watch an all-new Obama Anger Translator sketch, 'S*** Mitt Romney Doesn't Say' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

As the presidential race heats up, so does President Obama’s purely fictional RAGE — as seen on Comedy Central’s Key and Peele. In a sketch series that went viral earlier this year, Keegan-Michael Key plays Luther, the “Anger Translator” for Jordan Peele’s even-keeled Obama. It’s some pretty saucy stuff, but rest assured even the real Obama is a fan. Watch an exclusive clip — “S*** Mitt Romney Doesn’t Say” — below. READ FULL STORY

Jim Lehrer, Bob Schieffer, and Candy Crowley will moderate 2012 presidential debates


Image Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Three news veterans -- including the first woman in 20 years -- will moderate presidential debates this October.
Politico identifies them as debate mainstay Jim Lehrer of PBS, Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS, and State of the Union anchor Candy Crowley of CNN, though the Commission on Presidential Debates has not yet confirmed Politico's report. [Update: The Commission has confirmed these names.]

Crowley’s inclusion comes two decades after ABC News anchor Carole Simpson moderated a presidential debate in 1992. (Barbara Walters also moderated presidential debates in 1976 and 1984.) Her selection may have been influenced by a pair of petitions launched by three New Jersey high school students, which urged the Commission on Presidential Debates to select a female. The petitions garnered support by high-profile figures including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as over 180,000 signatures.

According to Politico, Lehrer will moderate the first debate Oct. 3 in Denver, Colo. Crowley will host the second town hall-style debate Oct. 16 in Hempstead, N.Y. The final debate, moderated by Schieffer, will be held Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla.

Martha Raddatz of ABC will moderate the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan on Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky.

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Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan set for first joint interview on '60 Minutes'

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his newly-named running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), will appear in their first joint interview on Sunday’s 60 Minutes. Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer will conduct the interview, CBS News tweeted Sunday morning.

Schieffer is taping the interview with the G.O.P. running mates in High Point, N.C. today, and the conversation will subsequently air on the news magazine’s 7 p.m. ET broadcast tonight.

CBS had been pursuing the interview “for months,” The New York Times reported Sunday morning. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager told the times that the interview will last approximately 15 minutes, similar to other segments on the show.

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Don’t look for podiums, opening statements or surprise topics at the debates if President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney follow the plan organizers released Wednesday. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates said debates would be 90 minutes each and feature topics that would be announced ahead of time so voters and candidates alike can study the subjects. “The debates are the most widely watched political programs of any kind,” debate planners Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry said in a statement. “These format changes are designed to promote substantive dialogue before, during and after the debates about the major issues of the day. They will permit citizens and candidates to come prepared for a series of voter education forums that inform and engage the public.”

Moderators for the televised events are set to be announced in August. READ FULL STORY


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