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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Receives Personal Call From Joe Biden (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 26th 2010 2:30PM
Elisabeth Hasselbeck continues to get chummy with Vice President Joe Biden, revealing on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated) that she received a personal phone call from the Veep following his appearance on the show last week when she called him "a pretty cool guy."

"He just wanted to know how I was doing, and what I thought of health care," Hasselbeck said. "We actually talked about a lot of things: football, marriage."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Joe Biden Admits He 'Likes' Sarah Palin on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 22nd 2010 2:30PM
'The View' (weekdays, syndicated) proved itself a (sort of) force at bridging the partisan divide today when Vice President Joe Biden admitted that he "likes" Sarah Palin, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck conceded that Biden is a "pretty cool guy."

"Look, if you meet her, she is a charming person. It's hard not to like her," Biden said of Palin after being asked to explain her appeal. "I say this and people look at me like I'm kidding -- I like her." But, Biden isn't so forthcoming when Hasselbeck asks if the Obama camp considers Palin a legitimate threat in the 2012 elections. Instead, he defers answering.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Joe Biden to Appear on 'Daily Show'

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 13th 2009 5:00PM
Would-be veep Sarah Palin is already promoting her upcoming book 'Going Rogue: An American Life,' beginning with an exclusive sit down with Oprah. So perhaps Joe Biden would like to remind you that he has a book, too. And he's actually vice president. The former senior senator from Delaware will appear on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Nov. 17.

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HBO is making a 2008 election film, but who will play whom?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 14th 2009 9:04AM
President Barack ObamaThe network that brought you a movie based on the 2000 Presidential Election and would have brought you a movie based on the 2004 Presidential Election had it been more interesting is bringing you another one.

Variety reports that HBO Films has optioned the rights to a book based on the events of the 2008 Presidential Election for another made-for-TV movie. The book, "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," written by political writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, will be released later this year.

So will the movie, written by Blood Diamond screenwriter Charles Leavitt, be fair and balanced? Will it give both sides equal time? I honestly could not care less. As long as it pisses off the Elizabeth Hasselbecks and Joy Behars of the world, that's fine with me.

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Top TV Stories of 2008: The election - VIDEOS

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 2nd 2009 2:00PM
MSNBC Decision 2008
What was the top TV story of the year? The choice was obvious to all of us, and probably all of you, too: The election. The 2008 race for the White House was not only historic, it was dramatic and played out more on TV with recognizable star personas than any election in recent memory.

And like a great TV show, it was a season-long run of highs and lows, tension and release, defeat and victory. Along the way, Americans made a choice about who will run the country for the next four years, but they were also entertained by a near constant barrage of media coverage in the form of maximum cable news, thousands of commercials, daily political commentary both serious and comic, a plethora of debates, and -- naturally -- Saturday Night Live's take on it all.

It all started about a year ago in the cold of Iowa and New Hampshire...

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HIMYM cast embodies the best of 2008 for EW

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 19th 2008 2:02PM
How I Met Your Mother cast as the Jonas Brothers (and fans)No one's accused the cast of How I Met Your Mother of having a collectively crummy sense of humor. Quite the contrary; every time I've seen them either in person or in a behind-the-scenes video, they always seem to be goofing around and having fun. At the very least, I'd imagine that neither Jason Segel nor Neil Patrick Harris allows things to get too heavy on the set.

So when Entertainment Weekly asked the cast to pose as various celebrities in a "The Best of 2008" pictorial, I'm sure they didn't need much time to say yes. In the pictorial, the cast portray the Olympic 4x200m relay team, the Jonas Brothers, and the cast of the Indiana Jones and Sex and the City movies. Finally, Segel and Alyson Hannigan pose as Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, respectively, during the VP debate. It might have been more interesting if they reversed roles in that photo, but I guess Segel didn't have the legs for it.

[via Pop Candy]

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What Joel is thankful for

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 27th 2008 2:29PM
Palin on SNLAs I think about the past year, in both my life and in the world of TV, there's plenty I have to be thankful for. The life stuff is obvious: health, family, my girlfriend, a roof over my head, food on my plate, and a job that I enjoy. But the TV stuff isn't quite as obvious. So, as the balloons float over midtown Manhattan and people get ready to gorge themselves, here are a few things that made me happy to be a television watcher this year:

The election - Yes, it was too long. And, yes, it was exasperating at times. But it was the source of a lot of entertaining television. Of course, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and SNL were in top form (Tina Fey became a huge star, thanks to Sarah Palin). But entertainment came in many forms this election season, from Katie Couric's skewering of Palin to David Letterman's spat with McCain to just about anything that came out of Joe Biden's mouth. Finally, I have three words of infinite entertainment for you: Chuck Todd's goatee.

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Election Night: Fox News (Part 3)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 5th 2008 12:32AM
Barack Obama Declared Victorious
Well, at 11:00p/10:00 Central, with the polls having just closed in California, Fox News Channel officially projected Barack Obama to win the presidency by taking California and jumping to 297 projected electoral votes. It was nice of them to make the projection exactly on the hour. Everyone likes a nice round number.

Then, the election panel said that no one could have predicted this even a year ago, but 24 predicted it seven years ago with President David Palmer. That's a sister station, Fox. Didn't you see it? This year they're saying they can see a woman president. Does that mean Clinton in four or eight years? Palin in four? Oprah?

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Obama's Halloween memory on Saturday Night Live - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 29th 2008 10:43AM
Sat Night Live ObamaWow! Talk about a spooky Halloween memory. This sketch is from Saturday Night Live, just about a year ago. The date, in fact, was Saturday, November 3, 2007. How things have changed. It really proves the adage that a week in politics can seem like a year. Here's a case where a year seems like a decade.

Of course, the significance of the clip is that it's Senator Barack Obama's first appearance on Saturday Night Live. And it's not looking as though he's dropping by again before the election, although it's still possible.

If he does actually become president on November 4, 2008, this sketch will likely go into the National Archives or the Smithsonian or -- at the very least -- the Museum of Radio and Television.

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VP debate scores blockbuster ratings

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 4th 2008 8:05AM
Biden Palin Conventional wisdom says that vice presidents don't matter much when it comes time to vote, that people ultimately make their choice based on who's running for president. However, when it comes to debates, VEEPs are the main event.

The Nielsen numbers are in for last night's debate between Vice Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin and they're huge -- 69.9 million viewers watched the VEEP debate. That's a whopping 17.5 million more viewers than Barack Obama and John McCain drew for their first debate last Friday night.

Why were so many more people tuned in for Biden-Palin? There are a few reasons, starting with the curiosity about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

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Why can't debates be more like talk shows?

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 3rd 2008 12:03PM
Vp Debate
Like a large number of Americans, I watched last night's vice presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden with great interest. And, like most Americans, I was interested in the debate for reasons other than finding out about each ticket's policy views. I wanted to see Palin and Biden screw up. Big time.

Unfortunately (heh), both did fine. Palin spoke in complete sentences that more or less made sense, even if they didn't answer any of Gwen Ifill's questions; Biden didn't ramble on or say that FDR was the president during the stock market crash of 1929. But I don't know if you can attribute this debate's gaffelessness on the poise of the candidates alone. The format of the debate was so restrictive, it didn't give either of them time to go off on screwy tangents.

Wouldn't it have been better if both could just sit in a couple of chairs and speak freely? You know, like on a talk show?

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The Daily Show: January 31, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 1st 2007 8:59PM
Jon StewartBush said that Cheney is a "half-glass-full" kind of guy. First of all, "half-glass-full"? Second of all, Cheney's the optimist of the White House? We're doomed. We're so doomed. However, from what Jon shared with us, Cheney has quite a way with words.

Death all around
Despair my blanket
I pluck a pretty pink posey
It dies

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