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Oprah to Interview Barack Obama for ABC Christmas Special

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Nov 30th 2009 11:45AM
For the first time since his inauguration last January, Oprah Winfrey will do a televised sit-down interview with President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, at the White House.

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.

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Michelle Obama to Appear on 'Iron Chef America'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Nov 4th 2009 7:02PM
Hail to the chef -- First Lady Michelle Obama will make an appearance on a White House-based episode of Food Network's 'Iron Chef America.'

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.

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Leno Weekly: Chelsea Handler, Dr. Phil, Ewan McGregor and more!

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 31st 2009 1:01AM
Chelsea Handler, Playboy MagazineHey, a lot happens in five shows. Let's get right into it!

COMEDY CORRESPONDENTS
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.

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Michelle Obama Shares Pres. Obama's Annoying Habits on 'Jay Leno' (Video)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 26th 2009 3:21PM

Michelle Obama on The Jay Leno ShowExcept 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.

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Michelle Obama to Appear on 'The Jay Leno Show'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Oct 20th 2009 12:45PM
Michelle ObamaFirst Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear on 'The Jay Leno Show' this Friday night, Oct. 23 -- but she won't have to go through the "earn your plug" segments that Leno makes his guests endure these days. Instead, Mrs. Obama will participate via satellite in Leno's rapid-fire '10 Questions' segment.

Recent guests for this segment have included Sen. John McCain, LeBron James, Rep. Barney Frank and 'Hardball' host Chris Matthews.

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NBC scores with Inside the Obama White House

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 4th 2009 10:10AM
Obama burgers
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.

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ABC squeals about Obamas' first dance

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 22nd 2009 2:08PM
ObamaWhen is an exclusive not an exclusive? No, it's not a riddle. The answer is simple -- when everybody has the very same story or image or film. ABC had acquired the exclusive broadcast of President Barack Obama's first dance with Michelle at the Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration, which was the first ball that the new First Couple attended.

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.

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Obamas can even make hairdressers into stars

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 21st 2009 11:00AM
Michelle ObamaEven people tangentially associated with the Obamas are now becoming television stars. It seems that the First Lady's hairstylist Johnny Wright now has a reality television show deal with 44 Blue, which produces such reality television hits as Split Ends and L.A. Gang Unit.

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.

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Barbara Walters snags the Obamas for a sit down

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 25th 2008 12:06PM
Baba WawaYou know that Barbara Walters-Rosie O'Donnell dust up this week with the two former View co-stars trading comments/insults about the sins of the past? Well, it smelled to me of a publicity stunt and now I'm convinced of it.

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!

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Election Night: Fox News (Part 3)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 5th 2008 12:32AM
Barack Obama Declared Victorious
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?

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Thoughts on coverage of the Democratic convention - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 28th 2008 2:20PM
dem conventionWatching the coverage of the Democratic convention has caused my old carpel tunnel syndrome to act up. I've been doing so much channel surfing; going from channel to channel to find just the right coverage has been a chore.

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.)

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Michelle Obama will be a guest host on The View

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 5th 2008 12:25PM
Michelle ObamaAnother potential First Lady is set to join the ladies of the The View. Following Cindy McCain's April appearance, Michelle Obama will be a guest host on the show's June 18 episode. Obama was offered a guest appearance, but wanted to try her hand at hosting instead. This will be her first appearance on the talk show; Barack Obama has been a guest twice before.

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.

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The Colbert Report in Philadelphia: Annie's adventure - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 17th 2008 1:26PM
Colbert Report ticket
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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