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A little birdie at Real Time just sent me this heads up. Set your DVRs.

Agree with him or disagree, Friday television isn't the same without Maher. Welcome back!

Now do me a teeny tiny favor Real Timers, and stop having Ann Coulter, Christine O'Donnell, and Darrell Issa on.

Oh, but I kid...


Here we go again: "Friday Night Lights" creator asks Romney to drop show line from stump speech


Republicans often get into hot water with creative types. Here are a few examples:

Team Romney is no exception:

Now it's October 12, 2012, and the creator of the TV series “Friday Night Lights” is all over Willard for using the show's regularly-used phrase “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” in the candidate's stump speech. He called it "plagiarism" but didn't threaten any legal action.

The L.A. Times:

“Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series,” [show creator Peter] Berg wrote. [...]

Berg said use of the expression “falsely and inappropriately” associated the GOP campaign with the hit television show.

He said the only character on the show who might appropriately be associated with Romney would be the character of the car salesman, Buddy Garrity, who gives up on American autos to sell Japanese makes.


Closed eyes, full of crap, can lose.


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President Obama to be on "Late Show with David Letterman"


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza via Wikipedia

Here's the CBS press release:


 Will Be His Seventh Appearance on the LATE SHOW and Second Since He Was Elected President In 2008

CHEAT TWEET:  President @BarackObama to visit @late_show Tuesday, Sept. 18, 11:35 pm ET/PT!

President Barack Obama will visit the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Tuesday, Sept. 18 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  

This will mark President Obama’s second visit to the LATE SHOW since his election as President of the United States in 2008 – he last appeared on the broadcast Sept. 21, 2009. Including his appearances when he served as U.S. Senator from Illinois and during his 2008 presidential campaign, this will be his seventh overall visit to the LATE SHOW.

Willard Romney will now accuse the president of apologizing for America to CBS, being a Letterman sympathizer, appeasing Paul Shaffer, and, of course, not wearing a flag pin.


Lawmaker thinks gays a threat to children, crashes boat into children; Mormon-owned TV station won’t air gay-themed sitcom


Via Slap Upside the Head

Today I ran across two stories that tell one story: Homophobia.

The first would be funny if it weren't so tragic. The Gay Star News is reporting about a homophobe named Don H. Dwyer, Jr., a Maryland lawmaker, who thinks Teh Gay is very, very bad for children. Yet he managed to get drunk enough to crash his boat into another one, injuring four children himself:

The smash was so severe that Dwyer’s boat sunk in the river. [...]

Dwyer, a Tea Party Republican, has in the past suggested that homosexuals were a threat to children and that same-sex marriage would lead to homosexuality being taught in schools.

There were five kids in total, four were hurt including one five-year-old who had to be hospitalized. The two adults in the boat were fine.

So who's the threat to kids again?

The next story involves an LDS Church-owned station, KSL, that is refusing to air NBC’s "The New Normal." The L.A. Times is reporting that NBC will find a new outlet in Salt Lake City for the show, which is about two gay men who want a baby and meet a woman who agrees to be their surrogate.

Or as I like to call it, family values. Apparently, the Mormon Church sees it differently.

Would a President Romney feel it necessary to ban gay-themed TV shows, too?


One new MSNBC show, four hosts. "It's no longer the news. Nobody turns on to find out what happens..."


Photo by: Heidi Gutman/MSNBC

HufPo is reporting that MSNBC will call its new daytime show "The Cycle" because of the way it uses all four of its contributors each hour: Touré, Krystal Ball, Salon’s Steve Kornacki, and-- wait for it-- conservative columnist S.E. Cupp.

It will air at 3 p.m. ET and replaces The Dylan Ratigan Show starting Monday June 25th:

"The Cycle" will be an ensemble show; all four hosts will appear every day, with each one taking turns facilitating the discussion. [...]

The hosts likened the show to a dinner party, with relatively freewheeling conversations about the news. All said they were eager to move past the kind of partisan brawling common in cable news, and to veer away from what Ball called "gaffe-fest" coverage of politics.

Executive producer Steve Friedman said that, rather than breaking news, MSNBC is more into political chat:

"Cable television is programs about the news," he said. "it's no longer the news. Nobody turns on to find out what happens, because they already know from you guys. What people are interested in is listening and watching people give their take."

News schmews.


PhotOH! "We just had to use whatever heads we had lying around." George W. Bush's was one of them.


Heady stuff:

(CNN)HBO issued an apology Wednesday after astute observers of the popular show "Game of Thrones" noticed a familiar silhouette on a decapitated head atop a spike. [...]

"It's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever heads we had lying around," one of the creators says.

HBO is "deeply dismayed" that a severed GW Bush prop head was used in a scene in their season finale of "Game of Thrones." There were a several severed parts in the scene, and since W's head was, you know, lying around (as it's wont to do), it was picked up and used.

I guess there was a shortage of non-notable heads.

Here's the apology that appeared on, yes, Facebook:

"We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste... We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production."

Wait... they're having his head removed? Again?

It makes one wonder what other celebrity heads are lying around.


Mitt Romney won’t be on Saturday Night Live this season, maybe in fall


Willard won't be on SNL this season because there are only three shows left, and they're spoken for. However, show creator Lorne Michaels says, “It might be in the fall, but we’ll never know, that’ll all depend on his availability.”

Mitt's people will call Lorne's people. Maybe they'll even do a power lunch. Air kiss!

Willard has said, “It would depend on the nature of the skit. I want it to be funny.” Ahem:

1) In TV land, they're called "sketches." Skits are what little kids put on in grade school talent shows.

2) "I want it to be funny" implies that the SNL writers aren't always up to snuff. Way to get on their good side, MittWit.

3) "It" may be funny, but it's doubtful Willard will be. Well, maybe unintentionally. Maybe enough to get him a few sympathy votes.

Face it, Mitt, if by some chance you actually make it into the White House (god forbid), and find yourself at the NerdProm (White House Correspondents Dinner) podium doing a stand-up routine, you won't be a patch on Pres O.

So it's a safe bet, even given some good lines by SNL writers, even surrounded by comedy pros, Mitt would have an uphill battle. But it would be a good political move, because he will have made the effort, and you can be sure he'd have a whole lot of viewers laughing at him.