State of the Union
"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.
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.
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.
Don't think what he said was odd? Imagine if someone on FOX News had said it.
- At 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.
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.'
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.
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.
Here 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)
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.
- 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.
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)
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.
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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