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News & Current Events

NBC, Facebook team up for GOP debate on “Meet the Press”

David Gregory is taking his NBC show Meet the Press on the road Sunday, where he will serve as a moderator of a debate featuring the remaining six candidates vying for the Republican Party nomination. And making things more interesting, viewers can pose the questions that will be asked on the air. Being broadcast live from New Hampshire at 9am ET, the event is being co-sponsored by Facebook. Voters wanting to have a say in what the politicians are asked can go here to submit their questions. Some pundits think this is now a two-person race between Mitt Romney and Rick […]

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News & Current Events

“Real Time With Bill Maher” returns at perfect time

By Tom Comi Follow @ChannelGuide Some comedy shows try to incorporate political jokes, and some political shows attempt to inject humor — but no show on television merges the two as successfully as Real Time With Bill Maher. And with so much going on these days politically (including the GOP primaries being in full swing), nothing could make me happier than to see the cutting-edge HBO show return tonight (10pm ET live, with an immediate replay). Some people might label Maher as a comedian, others as a pundit, and others as a satirist. I don’t think he conveniently fits into […]

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Politics

TCA Summer Press Tour: MSNBC hosts predict the next president

By Ryan Berenz Follow @ChannelGuideRAB Before getting into Tuesday’s NBC Universal TCA panels, just have to mention what an awesome party NBCU threw at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills last night. After grabbing some seafood hors d’ouvres, I found a table and sat down, and was joined shortly by The Singing Bee judge Ben Folds and his wife. I chatted with him, and talked about the Ben Folds Five show I remembered seeing at Milwaukee’s Summerfest about 12 years ago. Folds mentioned that he loves playing Summerfest. “That’s a pretty drunk crowd there,” he says. The man knows […]

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Politics

Keith Olbermann re-enters cable news fray tonight

By Jeff Pfeiffer Like him or loathe him — and there seem to be few who fall in between — you can’t deny that Keith Olbermann has gotten attention throughout his career, whether as a sportscaster or as a political commentator. The fiery Olbermann’s passion and intellect cannot be questioned, though his strong independent streak (some would say bordering on anti-authority) has helped lead to his departures from several gigs over the years, most recently from MSNBC in January. In his last few months at the network, Olbermann seemed frustrated by the confinement he appeared to feel at not being […]

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Drama

Starz makes Kelsey Grammer the “BOSS” in October

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuide The teaser for Starz upcoming scripted drama series BOSS features a somber Kelsey Grammer as dicey-but-productive fictional Chicago mayor Tom Kane striding through an austere looking building and silently ruminating on the sacrifices he’s made to reach the top of the Windy City’s power pyramid. Aw. Poor flag-on-the-lapel-wearin’, give-it-all-up-for-his-town kind of guy! Then he says, “Sacrifices are easy when you’re holding the knife.” Oh. Oh oh. Something ain’t right with this fella.

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Comedy

Bill Maher, Jane Lynch recreate Weiner exchanges

By Tom Comi Follow @ChannelGuide If there was any doubt that Jane Lynch is currently one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, one needn’t look any further for proof than her recent appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher. While every other comedian was making the same old tired jokes about Congressman Anthony Weiner’s verbal sex exchanges with a Las Vegas blackjack dealer, Maher decided to use his cable platform — and Lynch’s deadpan delivery — to recreate the dirty talk line for line. And fortunately for those of you with HBO, you can see a replay tonight at 8pm […]

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Politics

CNN investigates “WikiWars”

Julian Assange started a worldwide controversy when he began releasing sensitive information through his whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. Confidential information related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq infuriated the public, both for its contents and for the fact that it was released at all. Is Assange’s self-stated mission to change the world by fighting corruption through exposing secrets a benefit or a danger? In short, is he a hero, a villain, or both? CNN correspondent Kaj Larsen reports on Assange’s unconventional life in a one-hour documentary, CNN Presents — WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange, which debuts Sunday at 8p.m. […]

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Documentary

“Freedom Riders: American Experience” celebrates a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement

by Karl J. Paloucek Usually, when buses are mentioned in conjunction with the Civil Rights movement, the image of Rosa Parks comes to mind. PBS commemorates a different anniversary of mass transit’s role in social change when it presents Freedom Riders: American Experience May 16. The film, produced, written and directed by Stanley Nelson, tells the story of how, over the course of six months in 1961, 400 black and white Americans boarded buses and risked arrest, beatings and death by traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South, in deliberately peaceful violation of the Jim Crow laws. […]

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Action

Osama bin Laden’s DVR foreshadows his death

By Tom Comi After 10 years of searching for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by various agencies, many Americans had probably given up hope that he would ever be captured. But a lot can be determined by looking at a person’s TV-viewing habits, and the recently discovered DVR found at bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan suggests he knew the end was near. Channel Guide Magazine was able to obtain the DVR through top-secret sources*, and it turns out that the world’s most wanted man was quite the fan of American television. Here are some of the shows that he had […]

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Politics

White House dinner becomes Trump roast

If timing was Donald Trump’s forte, he most likely would have waited until after the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past weekend to launch his one-man crusade against President Obama. But because it apparently isn’t, he ended up being the butt of most of the jokes usually reserved for political figures. The president, fellow politicians, members of the media and celebrities gather every year to roast Washington’s elite (C-SPAN provides TV coverage), and members of both parties always take their share of jabs. But Trump himself — who for some odd reason accepted an invitation to attend this year’s affair […]