Stephen Colbert will give returning troops a true homecoming with two special episodes of The Colbert Report. The two-episode event will not be the first time the Comedy Central funnyman has honored Iraq war soldiers; he previously went to Baghdad for a special series of broadcasts issued from the combat zone.
Iraq war veterans and active service members will fill the audience on September 8 and 9. Other groups of soldiers will visit the set via satellite from Afghanistan, Iraq and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D. C. In typical Colbert fashion, the episodes are aptly named: “Been There: Won That: The Returnification of the American-Do Troopscape.”
Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Jim Webb and General Ray Odiermo will be among the special guests lined up for the event. Odiermo is a “friend of the show;” he shaved Colbert’s head when the comedian previously hosted the series from Baghdad.
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-Reboots can be successful in the theaters and on television. Saturday’s debut of Doctor Who gave BBC America it’s largest audience to date. The premiere also earned the channel it’s best numbers in the 25-54s.
-Vice President Joe Biden will likely have to address his “big f**king” gaffe when he sits down with the ladies of The View next week. Biden will appear on Monday as part of the show’s “Red, White & View” series.
-There’s a slight possibility that Ugly Betty will live on on the big screen. “It’s something that we’ve been talking about and it’s something that America Ferrera would really love to do. That woman has so much determination that I can’t imagine anything she puts her mind to not getting done,” actress Ana Ortiz (Hilda Suarez) said.
-Production on Steven Seagal Lawman has been indefinitely shut down in light of a civil lawsuit filed against the reality show’s star. Kayden Nguyen, a former assistant to the star, has accused Steven Seagal of sexual harassment and is asking for $1 million.
Last week’s Saturday Night Live opened with Fred Armisen, who has enjoyed the honor many times this season. He reprised his role as President Barack Obama to deliver his own version of the State of the Union address.
Complete with real footage, the skit was hilarious, though Armisen’s impression is by no means definitive (or even very good). What makes this clip stellar is Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden. Just watch it to see.
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Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, held a press conference Monday night. He led the evening with a speech and he primarily wanted to talk about his stimulus package, which is his answer to the current economic crisis. The commander in chief called for support from the Senate and House, who are currently divided on the package. He addressed criticism for the package and openly talked of his plans. But President Obama seemed ill-prepared to talk about anything else.
The President neatly changed topics when asked about a comment made by Vice President Joe Biden and remained somewhat cagey when asked about his foreign policy regarding Iran. He stayed on topic and on point when it came to the country’s current economic crisis, which seems to be his current focus.
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In the event you had better plans last night, here’s your chance to watch Saturday Night Live‘s take on the Vice-Presidential Debate.
As mentioned earlier, Queen Latifah made a special appearance as moderator Gwen Ifill yesterday. Stepping up to play Joe Biden was cast member Jason Sudeikis. (Sudeikis also continued with his George Bush portrayal later in the same show.) And, as expected, Tina Fey resumed her role as Sarah Palin.
Those of you still playing the “maverick” drinking game better get your six-pack ready:
In addition to being last night’s big ticket, yesterday’s meeting between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden was the most-watched VP debate in history. But when divvied up over 11 different outlets, the event technically came behind Survivor in the ratings. For that reason, CBS was a winner with the viewers while NBC was on top with the demos.
- Survivor: Gabon (12.8 million, 4.3/12 in 18-49) was on par with last week.
- Ugly Betty (8.6 million, 2.5/7) dropped 1.2 million.
- A My Name is Earl block (2.9/8) averaged 7 million.
- Smallville (4 million, 1.6/4) was down a notch.
- Hole in the Wall (3.5 million, 1.5/4) did 700,000 less than Kitchen Nightmares.
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Although Saturday Night Live has not yet guaranteed a debate sketch this weekend, we are one step closer to knowing what one might look like.
According to Entertainment Weekly, if the political parody makes Saturday’s cut (as if the show has anything better to creatively offer), Oscar-nominated actress Queen Latifah will be stepping in as Gwen Ifill. Ifill - a senior correspondent for The New Hour with Jim Lehrer and the managing editor of PBS’ Washington Week - was the moderator for Thursday’s debate.
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In case you somehow managed to miss the banner headlines and television teasers, the Vice Presidential candidates will face off tonight. That’s right - Sarah Palin and Joe Biden will share their vision for the future even as they publicly rip each other to shreds. I love the debates.
Don’t know where to watch this much-touted, long-anticipated event? Every major network, PBS, C-SPAN, CNN, FOX News and MSNBC will all be showing the coverage live - just start flipping channels and you’re bound to find it.
They’ll meet up at Washington University in St. Louis and square off on the important issues affecting the country….or, they’ll just both spit rhetoric and remain carefully ambiguous on all swing voter issues. No need to alienate all the maybes out there. Palin has been preparing for the debate at McCain’s Arizona retreat, while Biden has been at work in his Delaware home.
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So we already know how the McCain camp feels about Saturday Night Live‘s Palin sketches. (Answer: “Sexist.”) We also know what the vice-presidential candidate thought about Tina Fey’s work. (She claimed the first parody was “hilarious,” though she only watched it with the volume off.) But what do the Democrats think of their impersonations?
In a joint interview with Entertainment Tonight, Barack Obama and Joe Biden (alongside their wives) react to the SNL sketches. While they don’t specifically address the content of the spoofs, they do seem to take it all in stride.
Even those who aren’t politically savvy know about the Iowa Caucuses - perhaps that’s why they were covered on three different cable networks Thursday evening. The results are in, the votes tallied, and the outcome of the Caucus is pretty surprising. On the strength of these results alone, two Presidential hopefuls have already completely dropped out the race. That’s the strength of popular opinion…at least, in Iowa.
Republican Mike Huckabee was declared winner for his party early in the evening, with Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson falling well behind Huckabee in votes. Early Republican frontrunner John McCain had a dismal showing with only 14%, while former mayor Guiliani barely even registered on the poll.
On the Democratic side, Barack Obama leapt to an early lead and held on, becoming the party winner before the night was all said and done. Surprisingly, it was not Senator Hillary Clinton but John Edwards who fell into second place. Bill Richardson brought up the rear with a low 4%, while Democratic hopefuls Joe Biden and Chris Dodd - who have both since dropped out of the race - received 1% and 0% of the vote respectively.
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