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PBS Confirms Season Premiere Dates for 'Downton Abbey' and 'Sherlock'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 17th 2011 8:50AM
Restive 'Downton Abbey' fans need fret no more: PBS has confirmed that Season 2 will (finally!) premiere in the US on Sunday January 8, 2012. The AP reports Paula Kerger, PBS president, as saying that the abrupt ending to Season 1 and the paucity of episodes -- there were only four -- led to angry phone calls from fans, many of whom worried that PBS might not even air a second season.

PBS also has good news for 'Sherlock' fans. The 21st-century twist on Conan-Doyle's deerstalker-wearing detective will start its second season on PBS on Sunday May 6, 2012. Alas, it's only three episodes long, but fans can be assured that it should be a case of quality triumphing over quantity.

Other gems from the PBS spring lineup include a two-part examination of Bill Clinton's presidency, a look at some celebrity family trees by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, and a series on American infrastructure, 'America Revealed,' hosted by winner of 'Survivor: Cook Islands,' Yul Kwon. More on these after the jump.

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Bill Clinton Talks the Economy And His New Book on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 9th 2011 3:30AM
Bill Clinton, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Bill Clinton may not be president anymore, but he's still very much invested in the future of this country, and presents his strategy for creating jobs and climbing out of this economic downturn. More than that, though, his new book 'Back to Work' uses historical trends and data to instill hope in America that this is not an inevitable downward spiral. On 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) he talked passionately about the state of the country.

You could tell that Clinton is very focused on the importance of hope and patience for the American public. He even managed to stay on task when Jon Stewart couldn't resist slipping in a joke at Herman Cain's expense, related to the sexual harassment allegations. Clinton just kept on pressing his message.

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Letterman Talks to Bill Clinton About Who to Blame for Economy (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 13th 2011 3:45AM
Bill Clinton, 'Late Show with David Letterman'With a political powerhouse like Bill Clinton on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), David Letterman couldn't resist talking about some of the serious issues plaguing the United States today.

He couldn't understand why people who aren't struggling in these trying times aren't willing to have their taxes raised.

"If I was the kind of person who was struggling financially, and I saw somebody who wasn't, I would be more than happy to assail them for doing their fair share," he said.

But, as he argued, he's always looking to blame somebody, which he thinks is human nature. Clinton disagrees.

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Bill Clinton Says He Turned Down 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 21st 2011 7:15AM
Rachael Ray and Bill ClintonAfter being criticized for including some frankly bland reality stars and celebrity offspring as contestants, 'Dancing With the Stars' producers have long been rumored to be pursuing A-listers.

And who's more A-list than the former leader of the free world? Incredible as it may seem, Bill Clinton says that 'DWTS' did once offer him a spot on the show.

When a member of the audience on 'The Rachael Ray Show' asked Clinton if he'd ever appear on 'DWTS' and, if so, what would his best dance moves be, he laughed and said "Well, that's really interesting ..."

Clinton then told an astonished host and studio audience that "They contacted me once about this and I told them I didn't have the time to train for it. You know, you have to train, you really work at it. So I had to pass."

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President Clinton Asked Chris Tucker to Do His Clinton Impression for Foreign Leaders (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 28th 2011 4:41AM
Chris Tucker, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Chris Tucker once traveled to Africa with then-President Bill Clinton. But it was his impression of the president that led to a lifelong friendship. An impression Clinton apparently forced Tucker to perform for foreign dignitaries, according to what he told Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

Everyone who dabbled in comedy during the '90s had a Bill Clinton impression, and Clinton overheard Chris Tucker and Kevin Spacey doing theirs on this African trip. He absolutely loved it, asking them to do it for him constantly.

"It'd be in front of the president of Nigeria, and I'd be scared if I mess up I might go to jail in the country or something," Tucker said of when Clinton used to ask him to perform for other people.

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President Bill Clinton Talks About His Friendship With President George H.W. Bush (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 29th 2011 12:42AM
President Bill Clinton, 'All Together Now: A Celebration of Service'For the first time since President Barack Obama's inauguration, the four surviving Presidents came together to honor former President George H.W. Bush for his leadership. NBC aired the proceedings in the special 'All Together Now: A Celebration of Service' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC).

Clinton spoke of the transformation of his relationship with the senior Bush from political rival in the 1992 Presidential campaign, which he described as painful in some ways, to friend. And he had only one man to thank for bringing the two of them together: Clinton's successor in the White House.

"George W. Bush did me one of the great favors of my life," Clinton said. "He asked me not once, but twice, to work with his father to help people in need."

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An Ex-General Drops a Bombshell: We Were Willing to Kill a U.S. Soldier to Start the Iraq War (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 7th 2010 7:03AM
An Ex-General Drops a Bombshell: We Were Willing to Kill a U.S. Soldier to Start the Iraq War"It's shocking," Jon Stewart says. It certainly is. On the new 'Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Jon welcomes retired general Hugh Shelton as his guest. Shelton is the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he has written a new memoir -- in which he makes startling allegations about U.S. military conduct.

General Shelton alleges that a cabinet member in the Clinton administration was willing to kill a U.S. pilot to provoke war with Saddam Hussein and Iraq. The general states that in 1997, airmen were flying over Iraq each day, and were facing ground artillery fire from Iraqi forces.

A Clinton aide then came up with this "clever" plan: "Fly one of our [aircraft] low enough so that Saddam could actually shoot it down." Once the plane and the pilot were shot down, the U.S. would have an excuse to attack Iraq.

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Five Presidential Impersonations on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 28th 2010 6:47AM
Five Presidential Impersonations on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)Legendary impressionist Rich Little appeared on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC). Host Jimmy Fallon is considered a great mimic in his own right -- he rose to fame after winning a celebrity impression contest in his senior year of high school.

But Fallon gave the master a shot, and showed Little a photo of five different American presidents -- whose voices he then had to imitate. How would Little do?

Before getting to that part, we should add that the last big event Little was involved in was a 2007 White House dinner. The comedian was hired after Stephen Colbert performed the previous year -- and shocked the crowd by being "edgy."

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Bill Clinton Would Like Presidential Term Limits Eliminated (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 23rd 2010 7:02PM
Bill Clinton was on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) Thursday. The fact that Joe Scarborough, in his former life as a Congressman, voted to impeach Clinton, made things a bit awkward. But Scarborough made up for it with a bunch of flattering questions, like this one:

"Doesn't it make sense for the country to say OK, let a guy serve for eight years, then they can take a term or two off. But then if they have something to give back to America in terms of leadership, give them that opportunity."

"That's what I believe the rule should be," Clinton agreed. "With life expectancy being so long, and people being so alert into their 70s and sometimes their 80's, I think there's an argument for that."

To be fair, Clinton did follow that up by clarifying if we were to change the Constitution and allow a third, non-consecutive term, the rule change shouldn't apply to current term-limited presidents, like himself.

However, we think he was just saying that so the ever effusive Scarborough would disagree and tell everybody how great it would be if Clinton was allowed to be president again. (Which he didn't do.)

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Bill Clinton on Losing Weight, Becoming a "Medical Experiment" -- Plus, a Dancing Dog! (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 21st 2010 2:36AM
Bill Clinton on Losing Weight, Becoming a 'Medical Experiment' -- Plus, a Dancing Dog!On 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), former President Bill Clinton showed up to discuss his recent weight loss, and he also compared heart surgery war stories with host David Letterman. Several years ago, Bill had a quadruple heart bypass, but Dave has done him one better with his own quintuple bypass surgery.

Since this operation in 2004, Clinton has become much healthier, and has tamed his love for fast food, meaning that clips like this one are no longer strictly accurate. (Although we're still big fans of the late, great Phil Hartman's Clinton impersonation.) Bill told Letterman that he now weighs the same amount that he did in high school. "You look fantastic," Dave said.

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Bill Clinton: Chelsea's Multi-Million Dollar Wedding Was My "Economic Stimulus" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 17th 2010 4:37AM
Bill Clinton: Chelsea's Multi-Million Dollar Wedding Was My 'Economic Stimulus'Former President Bill Clinton was the guest on 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central). During his appearance, Pres. Clinton discussed his daughter's extremely lavish wedding -- which took place this past summer. Estimates for the cost of the marriage ceremony were between $3 and $5 million. The price tag for Chelsea Clinton's wedding cake alone was around $11,000, and about $500,000 was spent on flowers. Wow.

Pres. Clinton called the ceremony his "contribution to the economic stimulus," adding that he was surprised "the unemployment rate didn't drop" after the marriage took place. On a more serious note, the former President said the wedding was a major passage in his life, and that it made him feel like Chelsea was fully grown up.

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Katie Couric Talks World Cup Fun with Bill Clinton, Mick Jagger (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 10th 2010 6:25AM
Katie Couric Shares World Cup on 'Tonight'Katie Couric got to hang out with the cool kids at the World Cup -- namely Bill Clinton and Mick Jagger. Clinton had an extra ticket for the U.S. vs. Ghana match and invited her along -- via police escort and private jet to Johannesburg. Oh, and CNN journalist Wolf Blitzer was there as well, she explained on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

Couric was practically gushing when she told the story and shared photos. "It looks like two creepy old guys picked up a young girl," joked Jay Leno of the photo of Couric sandwiched between Blitzer and Clinton.

Couric already felt like she was "livin' large" -- and then Jagger strolled in. That was the icing on the cake -- until an awkward moment with the rocker.

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Stephen Colbert Talks With Richard Clarke, Tries to Figure Out If He's a Double Agent (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 17th 2010 3:45AM
Stephen Colbert Talks With Richard Clarke, Tries to Figure Out If He's a Double Agent?How would you know if you were a spy? Like, what if you were such a deep undercover agent that even you didn't know about it? This the is ominous question that Stephen Colbert confronts on the new 'Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central).

Colbert interviews Richard Clarke -- the former counter-terrorism expert for Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Bush (Jr.). And Stephen has a few questions for him about the whole "spy game." Mr. Colbert points out that there are so many undercover agents out there that almost anyone could be a spy. In fact, the pair discusses the fact that are nearly as many intelligence agencies as there are "Starbucks" coffee houses. Which means that ... there's quite a lot of them.

Then, Stephen asks a question of Mr. Clark, the expert: "Is there any chance that I'm a spy and don't know it?"

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Bush and Cheney Take Power on 'The Special Relationship' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 31st 2010 9:15PM
Bush and Cheney Take Power on 'The Special Relationship''The Special Relationship' (Sat., 9PM ET on HBO) covers the so-called "golden years" of the Clinton administration. The film focuses on the president's friendship with British Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen). We get to see Blair's rise to power, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and the war in Kosovo. At the end, we are given a glimpse of the years to come, as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney take power in the U.S.

[Spoiler alert.]

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Laura Ling's North Korean Rescue on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 18th 2010 10:00PM
Laura Ling's North Korean Rescue on 'Oprah'Journalist Laura Ling appeared on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), where she discussed her imprisonment in a North Korean jail. While doing an uncover report in Korea, Laura was captured -- along with her colleague Euna Lee -- and was held captive for 140 days.

In the end, Laura was freed due to some help at the highest level. Specifically, she was released with aid from former President Bill Clinton. Laura told Oprah Winfrey about the experience of being saved by an ex-President: "It was unreal; it was surreal," she said. "[I was] ushered into a room, and standing before [me] was President Clinton. And I seriously felt like it was this angelic figure that had come to save [me]."

It was a lucky release for Ling. She had been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, and was held captive without running water, in prison cells that were often pitch black.

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