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President Obama Cracks Salmon Joke in 'State of the Union' Speech (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 26th 2011 6:20AM
Obama Jokes During 'State of the Union'Anecdotes and examples from the citizenry are common in the annual State of the Union address. But jokes -- not so much. "Salmon" became a buzzword after President Obama's 'State of the Union' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) speech, when he used a joke about the fish to exemplify excessive government bureaucracy.

"The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater," Obama said. "I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked," he quipped.

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Candy Crowley Prepares 'State of the Union'

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 1st 2010 10:00AM
When President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address last week, political pundits around the country pounced, delivering their usual split second blend of commentary and criticism. But now those roles are about to be reversed.

That's because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, CNN senior political correspondent Candy Crowley will take over their weekly 'State of the Union' round table beginning Sunday, ending weeks of speculation and shake-ups following the departure of controversial talking head Lou Dobbs from the network last November.

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Jon Hamm on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 31st 2010 11:20AM
Saturday Night Live, Jon Hamm, 2010A clean-shaven Jon Hamm hosted 'Saturday Night Live' this week, and the 'Mad Men' star brought the laughs during his second time hosting the show -- especially as a "crazy sexy" saxophonist named Sergio.

The 'SNL' crew also took the politicians to task with bits on Obama's State of the Union speech, Sen. Scott Brown's new gig, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor's visit to Weekend Update. All that, and some Michael Bublé tunes.

Watch the videos after the jump.

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Chris Matthews: still on MSNBC, still won't shut up

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2010 4:02PM
Last night during MSNBC's coverage of the State of the Union Address, Chris Matthews said about President Obama, "I forgot that he was black tonight, for an hour." Now, even if you give him the benefit of the doubt about this statement (a dumb statement for many reasons - what, he does remember that he's black all the other times of the day? What exactly does it mean?), it's still an odd statement to say out loud. He "clarified" the statement on Rachel Maddow's show.

Don't think what he said was odd? Imagine if someone on FOX News had said it.

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What's On Tonight: State of the Union, Leverage, Tosh.0

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 27th 2010 12:11PM
  • PsychAt 8, FOX has a new American Idol.
  • PBS has a new Tavis Smiley Reports at 8.
  • At 9, the major networks and other channels have The State of the Union Address.
  • TBS has four new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns starting at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Man vs. Wild at 9.
  • History Channel has a new MonsterQuest at 9.
  • Showtime has a new Inside the NFL at 9.
  • Fine Living has a new Whatever, Martha at 9.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters International.
  • At 9:30, ESPN2 has more of The Australian Open.
  • At 10, USA has the premiere of Psych.
  • TNT has a new Leverage at 10.
  • There's a new Nip/Tuck on FX at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Launch My Line at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Tosh.0.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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State of the Union Address to Air Jan. 27

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 19th 2010 9:45AM
For President Obama, its out of the frying pan and into the fire. No, we're not talking about health care or the war in Afghanistan, but rather something far more controversial: preempting television for the State of the Union address.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the White House has finally decided when to air the annual speech, which details the progress made over the past year and the challenges still facing our nation. And it seems that one of those challenges is figuring out when to schedule the speech; the selected date, Wednesday, January 27, means the show could preempt the country's most popular show, 'American Idol.'

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Barack Obama May Pre-Empt 'Lost' Premiere

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 7th 2010 3:15PM
UPDATE: Breathe easy, 'Lost-ies. Looks like you won't have to wait an extra moment for the massive three-hour season 6 premiere of 'Lost' just because President Obama is constitutionally mandated to deliver his State of the Union address. According to the New York Times blog The Caucus, the White House still hasn't picked a date for the speech, but White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says it won't conflict with the Feb. 2 'Lost' premiere. "I don't foresee a scenario in which the millions of people that hope to finally get some conclusion in 'Lost' are pre-empted by the president," Gibbs said on Friday. Conspiracy-minded 'Lost' fans will note that 'Lost' co-executive producer Carlton Cuse is repped by the William Morris Endeavor agency, whose CEO, Ari Emanuel, is the brother of Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. But did the White House bow to pressure, either from Hollywood or from angry masses of 'Lost' fans petitioning on the Internet? Co-executive producer Damon Lindelof hinted in a Tweet, that there was a deal: the White House would back off of Feb. 2 if Lindelof and Cuse agreed to bring back the Frogurt character. As Lindelof put it in another Tweet, "OBAMA BACKED DOWN!!!! Groundhog Day is OURS!!!!!!! (God Bless America)."

The castaways of 'Lost''s mysterious island may be facing a nemesis more powerful and implacable than time loops, hydrogen bombs and smoke monsters: It's President Barack Obama.

According to The Wrap, the president is deciding when to deliver his annual State of the Union address, and the most likely airdate is Feb. 2. Which means the speech would likely bump the long-awaited premiere of the sixth and final season of 'Lost,' which had been scheduled for that date for months.

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Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, season three -- An early look

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 27th 2009 11:03AM
Tracey Ullman's State of the UnionBritish female comedy impressionists like Catherine Tate should pay royalties to Tracey Ullman for copying her schtick. Ullman was the original and still remains one of the best, if not THE best, at what she does.

As with the first two seasons of her Showtime series Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, she pretends to be, or rather becomes, different personalities across the United States over a single day with an ubiquitous announcer informing us of who she is and where in the country she is located. She even impersonates various celebrities on the way, and sometimes she is more than one of them at the same time.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending Febuary 3

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 7th 2008 9:14AM

CNN politicsHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

Now this is a varied ratings list. Sure, we have Monday Night RAW in there just like every week, but thrown into the mix are politics (the Democratic Debate from CA, the State of the Union and analysis), Law and Order, a movie on Disney, an episode of Monk, and not one but two - two! - episodes of Anderson Cooper 360. The episodes were helped by the fact that they followed the Democratic Debate - one is from 9:52 p.m. on Thursday and the other from 10 p.m. the same night. Eight minutes later. Crazy ratings.

1. Democratic Debate (CNN)

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A Daily Show: January 29, 2008

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 30th 2008 9:28AM
Jon StewartJon started off by pointing out that the other night's guest, Phil Simms, called him "Tom" at the end of their interview. I could have sworn he called him "Josh", but I thought I was just hearing things. I suggest that Jon relieve the cutting pain of having an idol screw up one's name by convincing himself that Simms was just so floored to be in his presence, he got nervous. Instant restoration of self-esteem!

President Bush delivered his final State of the Union address the other night. He encouraged the nation to do stuff and promised to do some other stuff and then talked about some other, other stuff. Anyway, we're strong. I swear I actually shuddered a little bit when Cheney smiled. That damn inverted scowl makes me feel cold deep in the pit of my soul. I would also like to point out that, for some reason, Jon's Bush impression has been slipping into weirdly hilarious zones lately. He suddenly turned into a Mr. T/George Jefferson hybrid during the Kyoto Protocol joke.

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What's On Tonight: Kyle XY, State of the Union, High Stakes Poker

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2008 4:00PM

In Treatment

  • At 8, ABC has a new Dance War.
  • NBC has a new American Gladiators at 8.
  • The CW has a new Gossip Girl at 8.
  • There's a new Antiques Roadshow on PBS at 8.
  • ABC Family has a new Kyle XY at 8, followed by a new Wildfire.
  • At 9, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CSPAN, and the news channels will have President Bush's State of the Union Address.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • At 9:30, HBO has the premiere of In Treatment.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Nielsen basic cable ratings for the week ending January 28

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 1st 2007 8:09AM

1. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
2. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
3. Monk (USA)
4. State of the Union speech (FOX News)
5. State of the Union analysis (FOX News)
6. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodoen)
7. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
8. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
9. Fairly Odd Parents (Nickelodeon)
10. Fairly Odd Parents (Nickelodeon)

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What to Watch Tue., Jan. 23

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 23rd 2007 10:30AM
Veronica Mars on the CWVeronica Mars (9PM, The CW)
It's State of the Union night (see below), which is usually a television wasteland. For those of us who don't care to watch an hour of meaningless babble, 'Veronica' comes to the rescue. Last we saw the perky detective, she caught the campus rapist and broke up with boyfriend Logan (why, I still can't figure out). Now, she and Papa Mars are on the case of the dead dean.

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CNN's Pipeline free all day tomorrow

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2007 8:10AM

I've never used Pipeline, the news video service that CNN has incorporate into its web site. I think I went to the site one time to check it out, but you had to register or had to pay for it or something so I didn't do it. But it has received great reviews, and tomorrow we'll be able to see what the fuss is about.

Pipeline will be free to everyone tomorrow (though I'm not sure if you'll have to register first). And they'll have some big stories covered: the Academy Award nominations at 8:30 in the morning, coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, and President Bush's State of the Union Address at 9pm. Plus, I'm sure they'll be live coverage of breaking news and press conferences all day long, not to mention whatever Paris Hilton is up to.

[via TV Newser]

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The Daily Show: February 1, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 2nd 2006 7:25PM
TDSForget the Superbowl, America had the friggin State of the Union, peoples. So what did President Bush say? Well, there was a lot of referenceas to 9/11, the war on terror, and pretty-sounding, uplifting stuff about America and how "together we will make it stronger". Bush also went into some crazy-talk about placing a ban on creating "human-animal hybrids". Dude, I didn't even know there was stuff like that going on in the country. This only makes me want to start trying stuff... Anyone want to volunteer themselves to have half a rat sewn on their face?

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