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'Game Change' trailer: Julianne Moore's Sarah Palin does NOT want to go back to Alaska

Our first look at Julianne Moore’s portrayal of Sarah Palin in the HBO film Game Change (premiering March 10) was but a fleeting glimpse of Palin’s vice-presidential candidate acceptance speech at the 2008 G.O.P. national convention. We get a whole lot more Palin in the second trailer released today, and it pulls no punches: Moore’s Palin looks like the unprepared loose cannon the non-fiction best seller the film is based on made her out to be. But lest you think the film is one-sided, Woody Harrelson’s McCain campaign operative Steve Schmidt calls Barack Obama “a man who has no major life accomplishments.”

Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

State of the Union: A programming guide (Plus alternative viewing options)

NCIS: LA, Parenthood, New Girl, Raising Hope, and a number of other shows are all on the bench this week as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Luckily, what stands to go down is entertainment in its own right.

With a re-election bid in the balance, critics are ready to hear Obama answer on a number of issues that have made decidedly less progress than anticipated in the past year, and several more issues he plans to tackle in 2012. The contents of the President’s hour-long speech will no doubt dominate the headlines tomorrow. So if you want to be in the know, we have a guide for the offerings on all the major networks for one of politics’ biggest nights — one of the rare nights on TV you’re likely not to see Ryan Seacrest’s talking head. (And God bless America for that.) Read on for the lineup — and if you’re someone who, say, just reads the recaps, there’s a little in here for you, too.

8 PM HOUR

MSNBC and CNN all begin their special coverage. Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will helm the latter, while Rachel Maddow will steer the ship on MSNBC.

Fox News will slip into coverage around 8:55 p.m. with Bret Baier, according to MediaBistro.

9 PM HOUR

Pick a channel. Any channel. Scott Pelley’s on CBS, Brian Williams is on NBC, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos are on ABC, and Shepard Smith is on Fox.

But if you’re really, really averse to watching the president speak (“Not to worry. Twitter will tell me how to feel about it all!” — horrible person) or don’t allow yourself deep thought after 8 p.m., there’s a new episode of Jane By Design on ABC Family (for tweens), Dance Moms on Lifetime (for people who want to see moms scarier than theirs), Dirty Jobs on Discovery (for people who need a little reminder that it can always get worse), and Joan and Melissa: John Knows Best on WE (for fans of puppetry).

10 PM HOUR

Post-show begins, following the Republican response, with Cooper anchoring CNN’s analysis starting at 10:30 p.m. until midnight. Greta Van Susteren will host a special half-hour On the Record, with Sean Hannity taking over at 11 p.m.

ABC, CBS, and FOX conclude their coverage at 10:30 (Fox will go into local news, while ABC and CBS will air repeats of Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory, respectively), and NBC’s coverage ends at 11.

In unrelated programming, TLC will have the one-hour 3rd season finale of Extreme Couponing: All Stars, the finale of Flashpoint is on ION, the second episode of Justified is on FX (read about the premiere here), and Southland is on TNT.

Where will you be tonight, readers?

Michelle Obama to appear on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

NBC announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will appear as a guest on The Tonight Show on Tuesday, Jan. 31. While Mrs. Obama has appeared on The Tonight Show before, it will mark her first time visiting as the First Lady. (Her previous appearance was on Oct. 27, just days before Barack Obama was elected the President of the United States.)

Mrs. Obama, who has become something of a familiar face on television lately, will be on hand to discuss, among other things, her ongoing “Let’s Move” campaign and her upcoming book about her artificial grass garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Interview with Newt Gingrich's second wife to air on ABC

ABC News plans to air an interview with the second wife of Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Nightline just two days before the GOP’s South Carolina primary.

Excerpts from the interview with Marianne Gingrich will be released during the day Thursday, ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said, ahead of both a Republican candidate debate Thursday evening in Charleston, S.C., and ABC’s late-night news program. READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann to host Current election coverage -- after New Hampshire

A truce has been called between Keith Olbermann and Current TV. “Keith has agreed to host future special election coverage on Current. We hope that this will start after New Hampshire,” a spokesperson for the network confirms in a statement to EW. “We’re looking forward to insightful and impactful 2012 election analysis.” READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama visits 'iCarly' on Jan. 16 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The gang at iCarly have gotten into some high-level high jinks over the years, but this time it’s going all the way up to the White House. Yes, the First Lady herself, Michelle Obama, will guest-star on an episode of the hit Nickelodeon sitcom airing Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.

What exactly brings President Obama’s better half to Seattle? When Carly’s dad, an Air Force colonel, can’t make it home for his birthday celebration, Carly’s friends set up a webcast so Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) can communicate with him at a military base. With a few Secret Service agents in tow (including one played by… Saturday Night Live’s Taran Killam!), Mrs. Obama surprises Carly and Co. to commend them for supporting military families (as part of the First Lady’s Joining Forces initiative). The kids invite her to appear on iCarly, and not only does she oblige, she even engages in some random dancing. Below, you can sneak a peak at a clip featuring the First Lady, a.k.a. “Your Excellency.” READ FULL STORY

'Game Change': See Julianne Moore take stage as Sarah Palin -- VIDEO

HBO Films seems to have two essential mission statements. First, to corner the market on Al Pacino’s good acting (see: Angels in America, You Don’t Know Jack, the upcoming Phil Spector biopic. Second, and more importantly, the moviemaking arm of the network appears to be constructing a complete chronology of American history, from the Revolution (John Adams) through the Great War (Band of Brothers, The Pacific), and right up to our disturbing modern moment (Recount, Too Big to Fail).

Next year’s Game Change is an intriguing new entry in the HBO History canon, adapting the addictive behind-the-scenes muckrake of the 2008 presidential campaign into a star-studded film. Intriguingly, the film apparently won’t follow the book’s fascinating portrayal of the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama primary fight; instead, it will focus entirely on the eleventh-hour arrival of Governor Sarah Palin in John McCain’s campaign. The first trailer features Ed Harris as McCain, but predictably, Julianne Moore’s Palin steals the show. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Michele Bachmann: 'If that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized'

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she accepts Jimmy Fallon’s apology for his house band the Roots playing the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ A– B—-” as she walked in for her interview Monday, but she’s still waiting for NBC to issue one. Appearing on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom this morning, Bachmann addressed the Late Night controversy: “I wasn’t aware of it at all. I didn’t find out until later yesterday, and at that point, I was traveling and making my way to the presidential debate,” she said. “I am hoping to be able to speak to Jimmy Fallon today. I don’t have anything against Jimmy Fallon. I love him, he’s a kick. It was a great opportunity to be on the show. I’d love to go back again. But I think the point is, if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer, at least suspended him. None of that happened from NBC. And this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it’s also, I think, sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.”

Asked what she would be saying when she reaches out to Fallon, who apologized for the “mess” on Twitter and said he enjoyed their interview, she reiterated, “Of course I accept Jimmy’s apology, but this really needs to come from NBC, and this is an outrage that happened.”

A rep for NBC did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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Jimmy Fallon apologizes to Michele Bachmann for the Roots' song choice

First, Jimmy Fallon tweeted that ?uestLove “is grounded” for choosing the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ A– B—-” as an intro for Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s during her Late Night interview Monday, but last night, he apologized to Bachmann, via Twitter, for his house band’s poor judgment. “I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back,” he wrote. “Actually it was a really fun interview. She helped me with my Minnesota accent. (I still sound Irish.)” (Twitter responses to Fallon’s tweets ranged from “be civil jimmy #lowbudget” to “grow a pair fallon”).

UPDATE: Bachmann responded this morning on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom, saying, “I don’t have anything against Jimmy Fallon. I love him, he’s a kick. It was a great opportunity to be on the show. I’d love to go back again. But I think the point is, if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer, at least suspended him. None of that happened from NBC. And this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it’s also, I think, sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.”

On Tuesday, Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey had issued a statement with a similar message: “The choice of song to introduce Michele Bachmann on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night was insulting and inappropriate. I do not share Michele Bachmann’s politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect. No female politician — and no woman — should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night. The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and NBC should apologize.”

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Michele Bachmann blasts CBS for bias: Does she have a point?

Michele Bachmann accused CBS of bias after she alleges she learned she would be asked fewer questions than other candidates at this past Saturday’s Republican debate. According to Bachmann’s campaign manager Keith Nahigian, “The liberal mainstream media elites are manipulating the Republican debates by purposely suppressing our conservative message and limiting Michele’s questions.”

The accusations raise questions about candidates’ right to equal time: Did CBS’ editorial decision reveal an ingrained bias in news organizations as Nahigian argued? Does fairness dictate that networks must pay equal attention to all candidates? Or is this charge a strictly strategic move from Bachmann’s camp? We talked to several political experts for their take on the debate. READ FULL STORY

Obama tells Jay Leno he's waiting for GOP rivals to get 'voted off the island'

President Obama expressed some regret about the manner in which Muammar Gaddafi died and claimed he’s not paying attention to the GOP race on NBC’s Tuesday edition of The Tonight Show.

Sitting down with Jay Leno, the president first gave his reaction to the Libyan dictator’s violent death:

“Well, this is somebody who, for 40 years, has terrorized his country and supported terrorism,” Obama said. READ FULL STORY

MTV to air 'True Life: I'm Occupying Wall Street' on Nov. 5

Remember, remember the fifth of November.

The protesters involved in the Occupy Wall Street have had a variety of supporters champion their cause, from politically-minded musicians like Pete Seeger and Kanye West, to actors like Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon. But the grassroots uprising, which continues to gain the attention of those in Hollywood and beyond (OWS protests have popped up in cities across the United States since it began in New York City in September), may have no bigger name backing them than MTV. READ FULL STORY

Could Occupy Wall Street protestors move from Zuccotti Park to 'The Real World' house?

The Real World: Zuccotti Park? While the 27th season of MTV’s reality mainstay The Real World (which is currently situated in sunny San Diego) likely won’t actually take place in the downtown Manhattan hub where the Occupy Wall Street movement has swelled over the past month, Bunim/Murray Productions is hoping some of the politically-minded 20-somethings who have taken part in the historic operation will also want to take part in the television landmark.

On Tuesday night, Bunim/Murray, the company which produces and casts for The Real World, put up a post on New York City’s Craigslist with the subject “Part of Occupy Wall Street? Real World 27 Wants You!” The post reads: READ FULL STORY

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