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Puppet John McCain Blames Illegal Immigrants for Everything on 'Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 23rd 2011 4:17AM
Puppet John McCain, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'After John McCain made comments associating the forest fires in Arizona with illegal immigrants, he quickly reversed course in subsequent statements. But that was enough for Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central).

According to Stewart, McCain wouldn't come onto the show to discuss it, so they got the next best thing: a puppet version of John McCain.

Puppet McCain took things even further, envisioning a vast conspiracy of disruptive and dangerous immigrants. He told Stewart they broke into his house. "I fell asleep on the couch and they snuck in and hid my remote," he complained. "Stuck it in the freezer like a bunch of maniacs."

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Leno Weekly: Rod Stewart, Rainn Wilson, Martha Stewart & more!

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 23rd 2009 11:14PM
Rachel GriffithsEvery show has an off-week. Unfortunately, for Jay Leno when he has an off-week, it takes up five hours worth of our time. Almost every guest was less than entertaining, and even most of the comedy bits missed this week. Luckily, there were some redeeming moments throughout, most of which I've included right here for you. See, I just saved you five hours of time.

With Rachel Griffiths appearing this week, it appears that ABC's ban on their actors appearing on Leno's show may have finally been lifted. Unfortunately, she couldn't bring along a clip of Brothers & Sisters, so I guess they're still feeling a little sour. Or NBC doesn't want to promote a competing network's show too much.

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TV News Daily: NBC Exec Dies on the Set of 'Parenthood'

by Thomas DiChiara, posted May 1st 2009 12:00PM
Nora O'BrienIt's a sad day for NBC. Nora O'Brien, a drama programming executive with the network, died on Wednesday after collapsing on the Berkley, Calif., set of the new series 'Parenthood.'

In other TV news, ABC Family has canceled its fledgling series 'Roommates,' John McCain is set to host a Memorial Day weekend war movie marathon on AMC, and PBS has nabbed Spike Lee's film adaptation of the Tony-winning rock musical 'Passing Strange.'

See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.

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John McCain to appear on AMC

by Brad Trechak, posted May 1st 2009 10:03AM
John McCainWhile a myriad of people watched the latest Presidential address by Barack Obama, those that weren't in favor of his presidency can give themselves some comfort by tuning into AMC on Memorial Day, when the Senator from Arizona and former Presidential candidate will be hosting a marathon of famous war movies while discussing his own war experiences.

This is a really good idea. I thought John McCain was a good presidential candidate (although I didn't like how he moved further to the right to appease his party when he finally got the nomination) and could have been a good president. I just hope that when he talks about his time at war he emphasizes that it's not fun or cool like the movies make it seem. That's just part of the liberal Hollywood agenda.

I'm not sure what I'm doing on Memorial Day, but I just may have to tune into AMC just to see what the Senator says. Also, Patton is a really good flick.

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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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Top TV Stories of 2008: Fey does Palin - VIDEOS

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 22nd 2008 5:02PM

...Ew, not like that, you guys. Although, I'm sure if you did just a few minutes of Googling, you could find that too, in one form or another. What I'm talking about is Tina Fey's brilliant impression of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. How good was the impression? It was so good that the episodes featuring Fey, and the one that featured Palin herself, were some of SNL's highest-rated episodes in years. Tina Fey's brilliant but ratings-challenged sitcom, 30 Rock received a ratings bump, she scored a multi-million dollar book deal, and newspapers sometimes forgot that they were actually two different people.Not bad for a funny lady who had never been known for her impressions and a governor from a small town no one had ever heard of.

Obama may have been our first celebrity candidate, but Palin was our first beauty queen. Whether you loved her or hated her, it's hard to argue that she was a captivating figure.

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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: NBC (final thoughts)

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 5th 2008 11:19AM
NBC electionIt's over. It's finally over. The talking points, the smears, the empty promises... it's been a fun two-year ride, but it was definitely time for it all to end (at least until December, 2010... heh...). And, just like the other networks, NBC didn't have much of anywhere to go after they called the election for Obama at 11 PM ET.

NBC decided to stick with the tried and true this year -- an anchor, the old sage analyst, and a few other people to help along the way. No real outrageous commentary, no poop-eating grins from any of the anchors (Keith Olbermann stayed on MSNBC) or anything that would be construed as "interesting" or "entertaining."

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Election Night: MSNBC (final thoughts)

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 5th 2008 10:14AM
D GregoryIt's about 12 hours later and as I look back on MSNBC's Election Plaza broadcast, I can see things a bit more clearly now. Overall, the "place for politics" did a fine job covering the most historic presidential election in my lifetime. It wasn't the most dramatic, but it was living history.

History was in the making because we knew going in whether the Dems or the Reps won, an African-American or a woman would be in the White House by the end of the night. MSNBC captured that political reality with images and by letting the camera run long after Obama's speech just to watch the faces of the people -- including Oprah and Jesse Jackson, both in tears -- celebrate in joy.

The prognosticators and pollsters were all on target by choosing Obama/Biden as the winners, so that means nobody's at Gallup or Fivethirtyeight.com is losing his/her job.

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Election Night: NBC (Part 3)

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 5th 2008 1:29AM
MSNBC election coverage
Let the celebration begin. McCain's concession speech. Obama's rousing acceptance. Lots and lots of reflection. It's a special night for the networks, even though the election was called relatively early. NBC was no exception:

  • Emotional speeches by Tavis Smiley and Tom Brokaw. Brokaw's hard enough to understand as it is; with his voice wavering, he becomes downright impossible.
  • Smiley wanted to break into an Electric Slide. Brokaw said "you need a bunch of white people to do that." Methinks Brokaw's been to too many cheesy weddings.
  • BriWi tried to break out the humor, saying that Obama and Biden were about to move into "government housing." Brokaw was better: "Obama will be housebreaking a puppy in the White House; he'll have a harder time housebreaking the Democratic majority in Congress."
  • Nice job bringing in sigfinicant African-American politicians: John Lewis, David Paterson, Cory Booker. It was good to get their perspective on this historic day (and a local shoutout to WNBC, who got anchor Sue Simmons' perspective on Obama's election; she's also from a mixed-race family, and the way they were treated in Chicago was a bit rougher than the treatment Obama got).
  • Ann Curry got to break out of her green dungeon and sit at the desk after Obama's speech. She's gonna be tired on Today tomorrow.
  • Luke Russert: "It's our turn now." Oh, the youth. So optimistic.
  • Oh, the cutaways from Obama's speech: Harlem, Spellman College, and Election Plaza. Much more interesting than the pool camera showing Oprah and a sobbing Jesse Jackson every thirty seconds.

Final thoughts on NBC's coverage tomorrow morning...

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Election Night: Comedy Central - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 5th 2008 1:02AM
Jon and Stephen
It's fantastic to see Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert team up on something other than an award show (not that I'm complaining about super-adorable Stewart/Colbert/Carell hugs, which warm my otherwise bitterly cold heart). It will be interesting to see how the boys react to the live results, but I'm most interested in seeing how Stephen Colbert stays in character. Check back later for videos Click on the jump for the full episode!

10:05: Man, those intros were hardcore. And how long is that bird going to stay on Stephen's shoulder? I'm waiting for a startled poo. I'm still not used to seeing Jon and Stephen together. It's too much awesome.

10:12: Hi, Jason Jones! Nice to see -- Whoa, what just happened? Something flashed on the screen, but I didn't catch it. Suddenly compelled to join the military, though.

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Election Night: MSNBC (Part 3)

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 5th 2008 12:46AM
B ObamaMSNBC has summarized how historic this is -- Keith said it best. "This is man on the moon historic." He's right. Nobody will ever forget where they were when the first African-American U.S. President was elected.

11:18 John McCain is conceding. He's a class act. A person sometimes shows more about himself in defeat then in victory. McCain recognizes that this is a great moment in history and he must acknowledge it gracefully. He's doing it well. I especially like his mentioning the passing of Obama's grandmother. He's taking the blame for the loss and calling for unity. I think he couldn't say it any more plainly or with courage. Call me crazy, but this sounds like the McCain of 2000. Very classy.

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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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Election Night: MSNBC (Part 2)

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 4th 2008 11:40PM
MSNBC 2008MSNBC is perking along. Either they're getting better at the results or I'm getting more comfortable with all their bells and whistles and commentary.

8:48 David Gregory is good as a traffic cop. He's bouncing the focus around from Chuck to Chris to Ann to Lester really well. He's interviewing Obama's campaign chief strategist David Axelrod now. He doesn't look worried. He looks like Mr. Whipple, but he doesn't look worried.

8:55 Tom DeLay, former House Majority Leader -- is talking trash. He claims Nancy Pelosi is going to push President Obama around. Hmm...he sounds pretty bitter. Of course, he was forced to resign when he was indicted for election fraud.

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