Called 'Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special,' the program will air on Sun., Dec. 13, at 10PM EST. The hourlong chat is widely expected to stay mainly on the softball side, though it will feature an exclusive one-on-one talk with the President, an interview with the First Couple together, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the White House getting all gussied up for the holiday season.
The two-hour event, which kicks off the new season of the cook-off series on Jan. 3, pits Iron Chefs Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse against Iron Chef Bobby Flay and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford. Their challenge is to create five dishes in a "meal for America" featuring the secret ingredient (revealed by none other than the First Lady herself): anything found in the White House Kitchen Garden.
Judging this competition are cookbook author and chef Nigella Lawson, Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer (and former 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant) Natalie Coughlin, and actress (and fellow 'DWTS' also-ran) Jane Seymour.
Arsenio Hall was featured twice this week. His first appearance was in a segment that had potential called "This Is What They Said/This Is What They Meant." I was expecting to see video clips of celebrities, politicians and the like spouting their same bullcrap, and then having Hall tell us what he thinks they really meant. Instead, it was Leno reading quotes, including historically famous ones like Julius Ceasar's "Et tu, Brute!" The gag didn't make sense anymore, and even worse the bits weren't funny.
Luckily, he came back later in the week with an on-site spot at Yankee Stadium, where he interviewed players from both teams and even set up a bet against a Yankees player and Phillies fan Kevin Eubanks involving Snuggies.
Except for the obvious differences, home life for the Obamas may not be that different from what it's like for the rest of us.
Michelle Obama reveals on 'The Jay Leno Show' what she typically whispers to her husband after a successful speech. And of all the things that irritate the First Lady about the president -- of which she jokingly says there are many -- there's one thing that bothers her the most ...
Watch the video from TV's Top 5! after the jump.
Recent guests for this segment have included Sen. John McCain, LeBron James, Rep. Barney Frank and 'Hardball' host Chris Matthews.
If Jay Leno isn't the answer for NBC prime time, perhaps the network should think about booking President Obama. NBC News devoted two hours, on Tuesday and Wednesday night, for Inside the Obama White House and the ratings were strong. Better than the insipid I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, which acted as a lead-in. Of course the season finale of Law & Order: SVU on Tuesday didn't hurt the news production.
Having watched the two hours, NBC should sign the president ASAP. There's always the curiosity factor when a viewer is being given access behind the scenes, and that's what Inside the Obama White House did. It was a look at the real West Wing, which reminded me a lot of the fictional, Aaron Sorkin West Wing creation, and that was quite cool. President Obama still fascinates me, and it's well past 100 days.
With Grammy-winner Beyonce singing "At Last" just for them, the two danced alone together on stage. However, ABC's first dance exclusive ended up on other networks.
Obviously, now that she's the First Lady, Michelle Obama is going to be the focus of attention for a lot of fashionistas. There has been some mixed reviews of her choice of inaugural gown. No doubt we'll be seeing the designer of that dress (a Taiwan-born up-and-comer named Jason Wu) on some sort of reality television show shortly.
While I'm really not up on lady's fashions, this does make me wonder who else associated with the Obamas will get their own television show. Their chauffeur? Their nanny? Whomever gets a show, I think the Obamas will likely not be appearing on it. They have bigger fish to fry.
Turns out both divas will be having TV specials on Wednesday night, November 26. That's tomorrow night. Rosie Live will air at 8 o'clock on NBC.
Meanwhile, Barbara Walters has snagged Barack and Michelle Obama for a one-hour news special to air at 10 o'clock on ABC on November 26. What a coincidence!
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?
Good luck finding a balance between astute punditry, quality reporting, over-hyped production and clear coverage of the activities on the floor and stage by the political party. It's not easy. Here's some things, good and bad, that I've noticed in these first three days:
1) The Obama family are the Huxtables
After Michelle Obama's speech on Monday night, her two daughters -- Sasha and Malia -- rushed onto the stage and Barack appeared via video hook up to speak with them and Michelle, congratulating her for the speech. It was a perfect TV moment. As good as her speech was, the image of the family was even better. In a voice that reminded me of Rudi Huxtable, Sasha talked to her father and chirped, "I love you, Daddy." The Obama's became The Cosby Show. If that doesn't connect to the TV audience, nothing will. (Check out the video below.)
As a guest host, Michelle Obama will help conduct interviews, participate in the show's "hot topics" segment, and chat about current events. She'll also be interrupted by her co-hosts on numerous occasions. The guest lineup for Obama's episode hasn't been set yet. Cindy McCain interviewed Craig Ferguson when she guest-hosted.
Back on the night that Stephen Colbert announced that he'd be hitting Philadelphia, taking the show on the road for the first time, I had decided to go to bed early and just catch the rerun in the morning. My friend called me just as I began to doze off and immediately told me that she had gotten tickets for us to see Colbert in Philadelphia. I had no idea what the hell she was talking about, so when I hung up, I just shrugged it off as a late-night half-dream. The next morning, I watched the episode and it finally made sense: We were about to go on another Colbert Report adventure.
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