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Five other TV shows where Sarah Palin should appear

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 10th 2008 6:03PM
Sarah with fishSince emerging on the national stage about six weeks ago, Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has become a superstar. Like her or loathe her, she is a celebrity. It's ironic, really, that McCain's so psyched about her high-powered appeal, because that's what his campaign was knocking Obama for just this past summer. Still, the crowds have showed that Palin's appeal to the Republican base, at least, is fervent.

On the other hand, thanks to Palin's poor performance in interview segments with CBS anchor Katie Couric, and Tina Fey's spot-on impression of her on Saturday Night Live, the Governor's image has taken a hit. There have been questions about how smart she is, as well as how qualified she is to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

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The presidential debate moderators are chosen

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 5th 2008 5:21PM
BrokawJohn McCain wanted ten town hall style debates with Barack Obama, but after 22 Democratic debates, Barack said, "Thanks, but no thanks." So now the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates will meet three times: two traditional, one-on-one debates with a single moderator for each, and one townhall-style session with questions from the crowd.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced that NBC's Tom Brokaw, PBS's Jim Lehrer, and CBS's Bob Schieffer will be the moderators, with Gwen Ifill, the host of PBS's Washington Week handling the chores for the one vice presidential debate.

What's interesting here is that of the big three, ABC is not represented. Among the cable news crowd, Fox News and MSNBC were equally snubbed as was CNN.

I can't say why ABC was left out of the loop. However, George
Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson were both roundly criticized for their work on the Democratic debate they helmed.

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Dennis Haysbert says he paved the way for Obama

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2008 9:22AM
Dennis HaysbertWould America be ready for an African-American president, which is now a 50-50 proposition with Senator Barack Obama the presumptive Democratic candidate, if actor Dennis Haysbert hadn't done it first on 24?

A lot of people have wondered if Haysbert's brave, commanding President David Palmer influenced the way people are thinking about Obama. Dennis Haysbert has now weighed in, and he believes that his role on 24 made a difference.

"My portrayal of David Palmer may have helped open the eyes of the American people," he told the AP.

"I mean the American people across the board - from the poorest to the richest, every color and creed, every religious base - to prove the possibility there could be an African-American president, a female president, any type of president that puts the people first," he goes on to say.

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Gilligan gal caught with a joint or two

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 12th 2008 9:09AM
Dawn WellsSo, the celebrity you would least expect to be caught with a doobie in her car got caught. Okay, maybe not, but it was still a stunner to read that Dawn Wells, who made sweet Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island her own, was busted for dope.

Here's what happened: in Driggs, Idaho, on October 18, 2007, Dawn was driving back from a birthday party (for her) when the cops pulled her over for questionable driving -- swerving and speeding up then slowing down. When the officer approached, he noticed the distinct smell and asked her if she had marijuana.

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Thompson gone from NBC, but not TNT

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 3rd 2007 4:01PM

fred thompsonFred Thompson's plans to announce his candidacy for the 2008 presidential race once again brings up the question of "equal time" provisions that are in place to assure a single candidate is not given more airtime on television than anyone else.

Thompson, a Republican and former Tennessee senator, played DA Arthur Branch on NBC's Law and Order for five seasons. NBC, in keeping with the provisions, has stopped airing episodes that feature Thompson, but TNT, whose schedule overflows with Law and Order reruns, will keep airing the Thompson episodes.

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Thompson probably won't return to Law and Order

by Adam Finley, posted May 15th 2007 1:01PM

fred thompsonWhile actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson, who plays D.A. Arthur Branch on Law and Order, has not officially announced whether or not he plans on running as a potential Republican presidential candidate, NBC prez Kevin Reilly says it is "highly unlikely" that Thomson will return for the series' 18th season.

There has been a lot of talk already as to how a Thompson campaign would affect past episodes of Law and Order, considering "equal time" rules and all that.

So does this mean he's actually going to run? Since I can't read Fred Thompson's mind, that's tough to say. But as Hollywood Reporter points out, the threat of a writers strike means many series will begin filming earlier than usual, which means Thompson will have to decide sooner rather than later if he's going to stay with the series.

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Funny conservatives - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 13th 2007 12:02PM

ben steinThe lackluster response to FOX News' Half Hour News Hour and the continued popularity of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have led many to conclude that liberals are funny, and conservatives are not.

I say that's a load of hogwash. It's not about being liberal, conservative, libertarian, or whatever else you happen to be. It's about being funny, or not being funny. To paraphrase something comic Doug Stanhope once told me during an interview: 'if you're good, and you're funny, you can find work.'

That's it. You want to be a stand up comic? Be funny. You want to make a funny TV show people will love? Then make a funny TV show people will love.

All that being said, here are three funny conservatives I admire, not because they're conservative, but because they make me laugh:

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Preview of FOX News' Half Hour News Hour - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 15th 2007 7:00AM

fox newsI'm neither liberal nor conservative: I belong to a small political party that believes every election should be decided by having the candidates wrestle a kangaroo, and that schools should teach neither creationism nor evolution, but rather a theory that states all of existence is resting on a giant Eggo waffle and that the end will come when we pop out of the toaster and are eaten by a family of pan-dimensional goats.

I ask you: where's my political comedy series?

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Henry Rollins writes letter to Ann Coulter

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 13th 2006 5:59PM
henry rollinsWell, he didn't really write a letter Ann Coulter, but he does in this funny clip. Fair warning, the clip contains some bad language, and is probably NSFW, unless you have headphones on. It's pretty amusing, though I'll be the first to say that these two have at least one thing in common, which is that I don't really care about either of their political beliefs. Nevertheless, Rollins' "love letter" did have me cracking up at least a couple times, especially the part about memorizing every line of Caddyshack. I also think that should be required of all my romantic conquests. It seems like a perfectly legitimate request.

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Biased or not?

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 24th 2006 12:47PM

tim russertThe "liberal bias" of the media we hear so much about was called into question recently with a study released by Media Matters which claims that Sunday morning political shows such as Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and This Week  tend to have more conservative guests than liberal. Of course, some are arguing against the study. NBC argued that during Clinton's term in office there were also slightly more Republican guests on Meet the Press. The point, I suppose, is that it's not necessarily dictated by who's in office. Also, there's the question as to who's really conservative and who isn't, especially when it comes to centrists like John McCain and others. My advice? Tune into The McLaughlin Group, a show where everyone is equally a raving lunatic, no matter their political affiliation. Or, go to the zoo and watch spider monkeys fighting each other. It's pretty much the same either way.

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