Oliver’s Twist: “The Daily Show” standout John Oliver gets his own gig on HBO

Oliver’s Twist:  “The Daily Show” standout John Oliver gets his own gig on HBO

Turns out The Daily Show’s fans weren’t the only ones thinking, “That guy should really have his own show” when the Comedy Central hit’s droll correspondent John Oliver aced his guest-hosting stint last summer, sitting in for Jon Stewart while Stewart directed his first film. Not long after, HBO offered the witty Brit his own weekly news-satire series. Airing late-night on Sundays, Last Week Tonight With John will feature the Emmy-winning writer and sometime standup comic (who also appears as Professor Ian Duncan on NBC’s Community) skewering the previous week’s news highlights and political water cooler moments in trademark Oliver … Continue reading

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Years of Living Dangerously: Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron present a powerful look at climate change

Showtime presents Years of Living Dangerously

Though it’s produced by a veritable Hollywood power squad — Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub — and stocked with celebrity correspondents, the real stars of Showtime’s stunning climate-change docuseries Years of Living Dangerously are the everyday souls from around the globe whose lives have been irreparably changed by the weather. While the verity of global warming has been a polarizing issue even before the Kyoto Protocol made greenhouse gases a matter of international policy, the show’s creators and advisers wanted their story to be one of the power of people, not politics. “Politics are covered, but the path … Continue reading

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2014 State of the Union: Date, time, channels for President Obama address

2014 State of the Union: Date, time, channels for President Obama address

President Barack Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, and the nation, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 9pm ET. The president’s 2014 State of the Union address will be followed by the official Republican response from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). Several TV and online outlets will have live coverage of the 2014 State of the Union. Here are some places to watch; all times listed are ET. Check back for updates as networks further announce their planned coverage: ABC – ABC News will cover the 2014 State of the Union … Continue reading

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Killing Kennedy’s Rob Lowe on how “every president today talks like” JFK

Killing Kennedy's Rob Lowe on how "every president today talks like" JFK

Rob Lowe stars as John F. Kennedy in National Geographic Channel’s film Killing Kennedy (Nov. 10). But to hear his analysis, it isn’t only actors who find much to emulate in the beloved 35th president of the United States. “Every president today talks like him,” Lowe told reporters at a press conference this summer. “They all just are, like, excuse me, bad actors who found the greatest one who ever was and do their variation of that performance, every single one of them. And I don’t want to call any of them out by name, but I could if we were … Continue reading

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PBS’ “Constitution USA” breathes new life into the historic document

PBS' "Constitution USA" breathes new life into the historic document

By Jacqueline Cutler Three of the most majestic — certainly the most democratic — words in the English language are the start of the United States Constitution: “We the people.” To see how the Constitution continues to be brought to life, Peter Sagal (pictured) of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! news quiz show sets out across the country on a customized red, white and blue Harley-Davidson, interviewing various people along the way. The result is PBS’ four-week series Constitution USA With Peter Sagal. “The great thing about Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! is it treats everything with … Continue reading

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History responds to Satan/Obama controversy in “The Bible”

The Bible Obama Satan

History channel’s response to critics and commentators who’ve remarked that the character of Satan resembles President Obama in “The Bible” miniseries. SEE ALSO: ‘The Bible’: Does devil character in History Channel show look like President Obama? ‘The Bible’: Satan Actor Looks Like Obama In History Channel Miniseries RELATED: “The Bible”: History channel brings scripture to the screen HISTORY statement: “HISTORY channel has the highest respect for President Obama. The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. HISTORY’s ‘The Bible’ is meant to enlighten people on its rich … Continue reading

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MSNBC’s Ed Schultz to interview videographer of infamous Mitt Romney 47 percent comments

Updated March 13, 2013, 7:52pm CT It was the video that some say changed the course of the 2012 presidential election, and certainly the way people thought and talked about it. Republican candidate Gov. Mitt Romney was surreptitiously videotaped speaking before a private fundraising gathering in May 2012 where he stated that, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for [President Obama] no matter what. All right — there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for … Continue reading

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PBS’ “Makers Women Who Make America” a strong introduction to modern women’s movement

PBS' "Makers Women Who Make America" a strong introduction to modern women's movement

Makers Women Who Make America “In my textbook, in college, it had one sentence [about women’s history] that said, ‘Women were given the vote.’” In our interview, legendary social justice activist and key figure in the women’s movement Gloria Steinem recalls the early days of that movement, when she and others, perhaps naively, thought that changes to a gender inequality that had existed for centuries — and even been written into law, in some cases — were going to be easy and quick. “If you don’t know how change is made,” says Steinem, “you assume that freedom or privileges or … Continue reading

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Rachel Maddow hosts MSNBC documentary “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War”

Updated March 19, 2013, 11:18am CT As we approach the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, journalist Rachel Maddow looks at the key government decisions that led the United States into the war, through a new documentary called Hubris: Selling the Iraq War, premiering Feb. 18 at 9pm ET on MSNBC. UPDATE 3/19/13: MSNBC will be re-airing Hubris: Selling the Iraq War Friday, March 22, at 9pm ET, followed by Talking Hubris at 10pm ET, hosted by Chris Hayes. Hubris: Selling the Iraq War is based on the book Hubris, co-written by NBC News National Investigative Correspondent … Continue reading

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Killing Lincoln movie brings Bill O’Reilly’s book to the screen

Killing Lincoln movie

Killing Lincoln movie brings Bill O’Reilly’s controversial book to the screen on National Geographic Channel Sunday, Feb. 17. By Kate O’Hare On a sultry summer day in Richmond, Va. — the Confederate capital during the Civil War — a film crew has gathered at a historic building refitted to look like a telegraph office. The scene being shot features Abraham Lincoln (Billy Campbell) receiving a message and then discussing it with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (Graham Beckel). Despite the sweltering heat, the bearded men wear waistcoats and jackets, and the women are decked out in period dresses with corsets. … Continue reading

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