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Alec Baldwin Is 'Very Interested' in Running for Office (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 5th 2011 11:30AM
Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin has long been known for his political activism -- but now he might finally be ready to run for office himself.

In an interview scheduled to air on tonight's episode of 'Parker Spitzer,' the '30 Rock' star said running for office is "something that I'm very, very interested in."

While Baldwin stressed that he didn't want to be viewed as anti-elitist, he said, "People want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class ... would like to seek public office. ... We need people who ... really have not lost sight of what the middle class in this country needs."

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Stephen Colbert to Testify in Front of Congress ... In Character?

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 23rd 2010 11:10AM
Stephen ColbertWhen Stephen Colbert testifies in a congressional hearing about immigration on Friday, he won't be appearing as Stephen Colbert, regular citizen. Instead, he'll appear as Stephen Colbert, TV character -- that is, if The Daily Caller's anonymous "Republican source" is to be believed.

The hearing, called Protecting America's Harvest, will focus on immigration issues relating to a group called United Farm Workers, which works to legalize the illegal immigrants working in American farms. A spokeswoman for the House Judiciary Committee told TDC that the hearing is a "serious issue . . . this is not a TV stunt."

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Richard Clarke Warns: U.S. Vulnerable to Cyber Attack (VIDEO)

by Dorsey Shaw, posted Apr 22nd 2010 3:30PM
Richard A. Clarke, the former special adviser on cybersecurity to President Bush, appeared on last night's 'Rachel Maddow Show' (weekdays, 9PM ET on MSNBC), sounding the alarm that the United States government currently does not have the capability or authority to defend the public and private sector from cyber attacks by hostile nations. Clarke warned that such attacks could be devastating, wreaking havoc on America's banking systems, e-mail providers and transportation.

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More Maher, 'Real Time,' in 2011 and Beyond

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 15th 2010 9:52PM
Bill Maher on HBO's 'Real Time' renewed for a ninth seasonBill Maher will be working in 'Real Time' at least through 2011. HBO announced today they have signed the political comic and host to a ninth season of 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' which will launch in early 2011 and include 35 episodes, rather than the usual order of 24.

HBO added two years to his contract, one year of which includes 'Real Time,' and the other year is content to be determined. His contract had been set to expire at the end of this season.

In all likelihood, Maher will at least film another stand-up special for HBO. He's already done seven hour-long specials for them, including 'Bill Maher... But I'm Not Wrong,' which premiered in February, and two half-hour specials. And considering the topical nature of his material, he has to burn it and move on before it gets to be old news. There are few things sadder in comedy than a supposedly topical comedian who won't let go of his Lewinsky jokes (it's rare now, but every so often, you do hear one).

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Amanpour Offered 'This Week' Anchor Job

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2010 11:03AM
AmanpourThough it hasn't been officially announced yet, FishBowl DC is reporting that CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour has been offered the job anchoring ABC's Sunday morning news show 'This Week.' The show was previously anchored by George Stephanopolous, who is now on 'Good Morning America.'

This would be quite a change for Amanpour. Her work on CNN has her trotting all over the globe (and hosting her own international affairs show 'Amanpour'). Sources say that she has told friends that she doesn't want to move to Washington, D.C., she wants to do the show out of New York City and also travel a lot for the show and report from foreign locales. This could change the focus of 'This Week' from mostly domestic political issues to international issues.

I'm wondering if CBS has tried to get Amanpour on a full-time basis. CNN's Anderson Cooper does regular reports for '60 Minutes' and so has Amanpour.

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Jean Smart Joins 'Hawaii Five-O'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 9th 2010 1:01PM
jean_smart_fox_24The other day when it was announced that Scott Caan would be Danno on 'Hawaii Five-O,' it struck me that this new revamped version of the CBS crime drama was going to be fast-tracked for the fall. It just seems like 'Hawaii Five-O' is this pilot season's 'NCIS: Los Angeles' -- a veritable sure thing.

It's even more of a mortal lock today with this addition to the cast: Jean Smart will be joining 'Hawaii Five-O' as Hawaii Governor Pat Jameson. She will be the one person to whom Steve McGarrett has to answer. This is a direct link back to the original series, in which Jack Lord as McGarrett reported to the Governor, then played by Richard Denning.

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'Brothers and Sisters' Renewed for Season Five

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 9th 2010 7:30AM
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The powers that be at ABC have good reasons to be feeling good about the network's success. They've had a really good year developing some new shows, like 'Modern Family,' 'The Middle' and 'Cougar Town' -- all of which have been given a renewal for next season. And today an established drama, 'Brothers and Sisters,' was given a fifth season pickup. You know what that means, don't you? Pop the cork! Let the merlot and pinot grigio flow, the Walkers and Ojai Foods are going to continue on for another year of whining and wining.

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Rob Lowe Heading to 'Parks & Recreation'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 9:45PM
rob_lowe_smiling_blindsWeeks ago when it was announced that Rob Lowe was leaving ABC's 'Brothers and Sisters,' the spin from ABC was that they desperately wanted to keep Rob in the fold and would be working to develop a new television project for him.

Guess what? That was all a lot of hooey. Or exaggeration to the point of sounding more optimistic than true. Today, Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly reported that Rob Lowe will be joining the NBC sitcom, 'Parks and Recreation.' This is a great move by Rob, turning to comedy rather than jumping into another dramatic series. And if you think Rob's not good at comedy, you don't remember his letter-perfect imitation of Robert Wagner's character #2 -- as a younger man -- in 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."

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Review: 'Big Love' - 'Sins of the Father'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 8th 2010 1:08AM
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In his campaign to win the State Senate seat, Bill's slogan is Build With Bill, but based on the perfect storm of disaster surrounding his every move, that doesn't seem to be working out too well, does it? It's amazing that Bill's ambition -- this calling he claims he has to get into politics -- has yet to please anybody in his life. More on the big doings on 'Big Love' and the Utah State Republican convention after the jump.

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HBO Renews 'Big Love' for Fifth Season

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 4th 2010 9:46AM
big_love_casino_hboThe television gods have spoken. Okay, not really. But the people in power at HBO have had their say and 'Big Love' will be back for a fifth season. Ten more episodes have been ordered as the fourth season continues to unfold. Hallelujah! The story of the Hendricksons goes on and on.

Unlike some other HBO drama series, 'Big Love' has not been a sky-rocket. It's been more a slow boil, gradually picking up fans and followers as the show evolves. Perhaps it was the very nature of the situation, a polygamist family living in plain sight in modern day Utah while keeping their way of life a closely guarded secret.

Bill and his three wives and passel of children try to keep to the principle while blending with suburbia, but they're continually pulled into controversy based on their individual pasts and the choices they've made. It all adds up to great drama.

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CNN consults programming advice from ... ESPN?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:00AM
Once again people, I'm forced to ask the question: what the hell is going on here? Is up now down? Has black become white? Did Keith Olbermann just spend an inordinate amount of time and energy in his last "Special Comment" to discussing why Glenn Beck is TV's most "huggable" pundit?

CNN has been looking for ways to prop up their sagging ratings in the never-ending cable news wars by becoming a network that actually just delivers news as opposed to "from-the-hip," unsubstantiated opinions, as long as you don't count their constant monitoring of their viewers' Twitter feeds. Apparently they are so desperate for a format change that they have consulted a former ESPN producer to suggest ways to revamp their style.

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Big stuff coming on Big Love Season 4

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 23rd 2009 10:02AM
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You know how excited I am about the new season of Big Love? I'm calling DirecTV to restart my HBO subscription. I'd taken a little break from the pay service when I was pinching pennies this fall. But now that Big Love is returning ... well, pennies be damned!

In anticipation of Big Love's return, I found this recent interview with co-creator Will Scheffer in which he revealed some info -- not really spoilers, but if you're at all squeamish about knowing what's going to happen in even the broadest terms, don't jump to the next page. However, if you want a little preview -- including a really good trailer that's been airing on HBO -- follow me.

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What You Missed Last Night: CNN will have to leave it there

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 13th 2009 11:35AM
I've never noticed how often the hosts at CNN - almost all of them - say the phrase "we'll have to leave it there" when they run out of time when interviewing a guest. But The Daily Show noticed it, and last night they were all over CNN about it.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
CNN Leaves It There
www.thedailyshow.com

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

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Betty Draper gets all political (for real)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 1st 2009 6:33PM
January JonesIn last Sunday's episode of Mad Men, Betty Draper tried to use the knowledge that someone in the Governor's office liked her to save a neighborhood park. I'm sure he wanted more than just that, but it hasn't gone any further (yet). The other day, January Jones (who plays Betty) went to Capitol Hill to get involved in politics for real, advocating for sharks.

In this picture, Jones meets with Senator John McCain. In the caption to the pic, McCain says that he's a huge fan of Mad Men. I think that's one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Someone in the comments says it's Grandpa Gene's ghost. Ha!

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Shows You Should Be Watching: Red Eye

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 23rd 2009 5:00PM
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There used to be a lot of TV shows on overnight that were worth watching. I don't mean repeats of sitcoms or dramas that usually air earlier, but original programming geared towards the night owl. There aren't many shows like that anymore, but there's one on Fox News (yes, Fox News) at 3 AM and it's well worth catching (if you're worried about staying up that late, well, that's why God put DVRs on this Earth).

If I had to describe Red Eye it would be like this: it's a mix of Politically Incorrect and The McLaughlin Group, only for people who are up late at night drinking or eating too much junk food, with a host who comes at things from a conservative viewpoint but it's not really a political show. They go more for the jokes than they stress any ideology, and it's actually really funny. Like The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, it can't be easy to write a show that's on every single night, but host Greg Gutfeld pulls it off.

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