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Former Obama Speechwriter Sells White House Family Comedy to NBC

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 25th 2011 3:30PM
A zany family comedy set in the White House could be coming to NBC. According to The Wrap, the network has ordered a put pilot commitment for a show titled '1600 Penn,' written by Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Obama.

'1600 Penn' reportedly focuses on a fictionalized, "dysfunctional" first-family and will be shot as a single-camera show. It's co-produced by 'The Book of Mormon' star Josh Gad and 'Modern Family' writer Jason Winer.

Lovett left the Obama administration in September to take his writing talents to Hollywood. His first-hand experience working in the government is similar to that of Lawrence O'Donnell, who worked as a legislative aid for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan before becoming a writer on 'The West Wing.'

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Jerry Seinfeld Dishes on Doing Comedy at the White House, Ribbing Paul McCartney (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 24th 2010 2:10AM
Jerry Seinfeld Dishes on Doing Comedy at the White House, Ribbing Paul McCartneyIt's been a while since Jerry Seinfeld has done live comedy. But on 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), he cracked some jokes, discussing the difference between the terms "this sucks" and "this is great." His theory -- there is no difference!

If, say, you're eating an ice cream cone, and the ice cream falls off and hits the ground -- then your reaction is "Sucks!" And what do you say out loud? "Great!" (In a sarcastic tone, of course.)

The beauty of the "sucks" equals "great" equation is that it applies to almost everything. For instance ... performing in front of the President. As Jerry told David Letterman, he recently did his act at the White House -- for an event honoring Paul McCartney. Seinfeld is a fan of Obama and The Beatles, so this was a big deal. But would it suck or would it be great?

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Julianna Margulies Cursed Out Barack Obama's Chief of Staff (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 9th 2010 3:15AM
Julianna Margulies Cursed Out Barack Obama's Chief of StaffMaking a college graduation speech must be nerve-wracking. There's all that pressure to inspire the young people of tomorrow, plus the fear of making a fool of yourself in public. Certainly, actress Julianna Margulies had some trouble with it.

On 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), she tells David Letterman how her terror of giving a bad speech led her to curse out Rahm Emanuel, the current White House Chief of Staff. Which was really a potentially awful idea on her part.

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'Glee' Co-Creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan Meet the Press and Spill the Beans

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 9th 2010 9:00AM
In anticipation of the Tuesday, April 13th premiere of Fox's musical hit 'Glee,' two of the co-creators, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, met with the press via a conference call the other day. TV Squad was in on the call and you'll be thrilled with some of the big news coming up in the last nine episodes of this award-winning first season. There were some insights revealed when the cast and the other co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy were on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' yesterday, but Gleeks want more, and that's what this is all about.

Among the highlights – for all you who need encouragement -- Jane Lynch does "Vogue" in the Madonna musical episode. Kristin Chenoweth was not paired up with Idina Menzel, but Kristin's episode (the third one back) is supposed to be wonderful. And if you liked Puck's performance of "Sweet Caroline," wait till you see him do a song like a member of the Rat Pack. For all the details, read on.

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Andrew Visits the White House on 'The Real World' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 18th 2010 2:00AM
The Real World, Andrew visits the White HouseWho knew the answer to all our problems lies in sending Andrew from 'The Real World' (Wed., 10PM ET on MTV) to the White House? He's got it all figured out.

Healthcare? Keep it in the hospitals, and make sure everyone has enough band-aids. Afghanistan? They really like us, so don't mess with it. And who else would compare President Obama getting off a helicopter to 'My Super Sweet 16'?

We see a write-in campaign for Andrew in the near future.

Watch the video after the jump.

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The First Lady Summons 'Glee' to the White House

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 22nd 2010 9:31PM
glee_white_gloves_foxWhen the White House calls, you sorta, kinda, have to rearrange the schedule and make room for a command performance. That's what's going on with Fox's hit show, 'Glee.' The First Lady and the First Daughters are big fans of 'Glee' and, according to Michael Ausiello in Entertainment Weekly, 'Glee's' been asked sing at the White House Easter Egg hunt on April 5. So despite the shooting schedule, they're going to rework things to meet the Obamas.

The 'Glee' singers are hot, hot, hot... and you can just see how Sasha and Malia are their target demographics, can't you? Michelle, too. Frankly, they don't need the eggs to get the White House rolling. "Don't Stop Believin'" will do the trick just fine.

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'Glee' Cast Goes to Washington

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 22nd 2010 5:00PM
GleeLike so many of us, Michelle Obama seems to be having a hard time waiting until April 13 for the new episodes of 'Glee' to start.

According to the Ausiello Files, the First Lady has reportedly asked the cast of the Golden Globe-winning comedy to perform at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, which will take place April 5 on the White House lawn. The cast, of course, said yes.

Mrs. O and daughters Sasha and Malia are said to be fans of the show, according to the report.

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Jay Leno hosting White House Correspondents Dinner

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 27th 2010 8:00PM
Does it seem like in this wintry economic climate that all the guys who have the jobs are the ones who keep ending up with more jobs?

Soon-to-be former Jay Leno Show host Jay Leno has been tapped by the White House to host the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

Please don't tell me that Conan O'Brien wasn't available. And besides, I thought O'Brien and President Obama were friends?

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Robert Gibbs has a special message for Lost fans

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2010 3:10PM
The internet has been worried this week, worried that President Obama's State of the Union speech would be on February 2, which just happens to be the day of the season premiere of Lost. A reporter actually asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs if the President was going to speak on that night and disappoint fans of Lost, and Gibbs gave a refreshingly honest and funny response. It's not often you see pop culture discussed at a press briefing, and even rarer that you have a White House spokesman who knows what's going on with something like Lost.

Mediaite has video of the press conference.

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Susan Boyle invited to perform at the White House

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 9th 2009 11:02AM
susan_boyle_CDDo you think Susan Boyle knows the words to "Happy Birthday"? She better learn them fast because she may be singing them to the First Lady. Susan Boyle has reportedly been invited to the White House in honor of Michelle Obama's birthday. The White House gathering would be a small group in the private quarters on January 17.

According to a White House source, "It will actually be a double celebration because three days later, January 20, marks the first anniversary of the president taking office. I would expect that a formal invitation will be made to Miss Boyle in the very near future. The President and First Lady absolutely love her voice and will be delighted if she agrees."

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What's next on the Salahis' 'To-Crash' list? SNL?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 5th 2009 5:04PM
The Salahis are currently the world's most notorious party crashers since that Soy Bomb guy's ecstasy kicked in during the 1998 Grammies.

But their brazen disregard for the laws of high-class parties and national security in the face of improving their unwritten social status could get them into an even bigger party -- late night television.

Word is the party crash test dummies are planning on appearing in an opening Obama skit on Saturday Night Live. Neither the network nor the couple have actually confirmed this, but take that with a grain of salt since we are talking about a couple who consider an invitation as a "speed bump."

[via TVTattle]

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Oprah's going to take us to Christmas at the White House

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 25th 2009 1:04PM
christmas_at_the_white_houseIf I had a dollar for all the times I've written about Oprah Winfrey in the past few weeks, I'd be able to retire. Well, the O is one busy lady. She's just booked another TV program. On Sunday, December 13, ABC will broadcast Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special. Set the DVR for 10 p.m. because that's when President Barack Obama will welcome Oprah into America's grandest national house.

Take that, Barbara Walters! Not so fast with that ascension to the upper echelon, Robin Roberts. Back off, Diane Sawyer. Oprah Winfrey has an 'in' with the First Family and that's why she's going to be visiting the Obamas for a tour of what the holidays are like at the White House. This is the first time President Obama and the First Lady are having Christmas there, and it'll be all new to them.

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Jon Stewart explains Fox News

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 30th 2009 5:10PM
Whatever your political opinions are and however your cable news tastes run, you have to admit that this Daily Show examination of how Fox News works is pretty smart. Not just as an explanation at how the news side works with the non-news side of the network, but as an explanation of how any organization can spin things their way.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
For Fox Sake!

[Watch clips and episodes of The Daily Show and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Is the White House right about Fox News?

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2009 5:36PM
Fox NewsYou may have heard that the White House seems to have declared war on Fox News. President Obama has even gone as far as not appearing on one of the Fox News Sunday morning shows even though he appeared on every other network that morning. Now other White House spokespeople are openly saying that the network can't be trusted.

What do you think?

Is the White House right about Fox News?
Yes. The network is clearly biased.1866 (65.8%)
No way. They're a serious news network.618 (21.8%)
Kinda. Maybe about the prime time shows but the news really is fair and balanced.350 (12.4%)

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White House officially afraid of The Daily Show

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 28th 2009 3:11PM
Jon Stewart poking fun of Dick
All of you right-wingers who thought that The Daily Show was going to become just another tool in a liberal executive branch's belt should take note of the following story.

And if having to read a newspaper other than The Washington Times, The New York Post or The Daily American Patriot Commie Basher makes your eyes bleed, grab your Visine and suck it up. You need to read this.

An attorney for the state said the Obama administration did not want to release detail of an interview with former VP Dick Cheney regarding the Valerie Plame leak because of fears that "it's going to end up on The Daily Show."

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