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Expect New Faces at This Year's Idol Gives Back

The Jonas Brothers by Eugene Gologursky/

Ryan Seacrest is hosting the second edition of the Emmy Award-winning Idol Gives Back special on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30pm/ET on Fox. Some new faces have been added to the roster of performers and personalities scheduled to appear, including presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain. It will be very interesting to see who will truly be "giving back," and who will be stumping for votes. Rounding out the ever-expanding list of political figures and celebs are British prime minister Gordon Brown, Posh and Becks (Victoria and David Beckham), the Jonas Brothers (can you hear the screaming teenagers now?), Felicity Huffman, Kylie Minogue, Kyra Sedgwick, Minnie Driver, Sarah "Im F--king Matt Damon" Silverman, and many more.Are you planning to watch Idol Gives Back, or maybe even donating to the cause? Who are you most excited to see on the special? — Erin FoxWatch clips of American Idol with our Online Video Guide. read more

What Makes Presidential Debates So Great?

John Kerry and George Bush courtesy NBC

Who ever thought the presidential primary debates would be one of the biggest TV attractions of the year? Cable news channels have reaped record ratings and even the broadcast networks have been vying for the events because of viewer interest. It should only grow more intense when the two nominees meet in the fall. The debates are already scheduled for Sept. 26, Oct. 7 and Oct. 15. But getting the candidates to participate has never been easy according to a new book Inside the Presidential Debates ( shop by Craig L. Lamay and Newton N. Minow, a former FCC commissioner and vice chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has organized the face-offs in every election year since 1976. The Biz talked to the authors about what makes the debates so great.
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Barbara Walters Tells Barack He’s "Very Sexy"

Barack Obama by Steve Fenn/ABC and Barbara Walters by Yolanda Perez/ABC

Babs, you little minx, you! Last Friday on The View, Senator Barack Obama made a guest appearance to talk about the serious issues he’s facing as a presidential candidate—namely how he feels about being 9th cousins with Brad Pitt. But what really caught us off guard was Barbara’s response to Obama’s modesty about his appearance. 78-years old and still workin’ it—you go, Babs! Watch it now! | More online videos read more

Barack Obama to Get Up Close and Personal on The View

Barack Obama by Paul Redmond/

On Friday, March 28, Barack Obama will be dishing and discussing the issues on ABC's The View (11 am/ET) in what the show is billing as a "no-holds-barred" interview. The presidential candidate last joined the morning show in November 2004 to promote his book. This time around, Obama will be covering a range of topics — from the personal to the political — including his relationship with his wife and family, his recent remarks on race, the Iraq war and his views on religion and life on the campaign trail, among other things."I am really looking forward to my return visit to sit down with the ladies of The View," he said.Obama's interview will be pre-taped on Thursday, March 27, but airs the next day, in an episode of the program that promises to focus largely on the candidate. Is this going to be Obama's version of Hillary Clinton's Tyra Banks moment? Do you think sitting down with The View hosts will have an impact on the views of voters? — Anna Dimond read more

Did SNL Help Hillary Win Texas and Ohio?

Amy Poehler and Hillary Clinton by Dana Edelson/NBC

One could argue that the cast of Saturday Night Live has made its choice for president pretty clear, but did their comical editorializing actually help Sen. Hillary Clinton win the Texas and Ohio primaries on Tuesday?"Bitch is the new black!" exhorted SNL guest host Tina Fey on Feb. 23, in a speech that gave Sen. Hillary Clinton the backhanded compliment that "bitches get stuff done." Other sketches have focused on the differing treatment that Clinton and Obama are receiving from the press. In one, CNN anchors get the vapors in the mere presence of Sen. Barack Obama, while in another, NBC's Tim Russert tosses Obama softball questions while relentlessly grilling Clinton on the names of obscure world leaders. Clinton herself even appeared on the show, proving to voters that she could take a joke.In the face of all that mocking, did the media actually listen and examine Obama more closely? According to a study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, in the week following Clinton's... read more

Viewers Decided: Hillary and Barack Win for MSNBC

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama by Virginia Sherwood/NBC

Voters haven't yet decided between their democratic choices for the presidential nomination, but viewers made their interest known with the highest ratings in MSNBC's 11 years for Tuesday's democratic debate. The event, in which Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama faced off, also earned the third-highest debate ratings of the '08 presidential campaign, with preliminary Nielsen numbers tallying at 7.8 million.According to the Reporter, the ratings were a veritable smackdown on the net's previous record of 3.7 mil, set in 2003 at the start of the current Iraq war. Brian Williams and Tim Russert moderated the debate, which, with the sizzling combo of candidates, questions and comments on the issues, overtook Idol ratings by 44 percent in markets in Ohio, where the debate took place. And the candidates weren't even singing. — Anna DimondRelated:• Cheers & Jeers casts its vote for Tim Russert read more

Cheers: Tim Russert's Full-court Press

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama andTim Russert courtesy NBC

Cheers to Tim Russert for pressing the issues at the Democratic debate in Ohio. Despite Hillary Clinton's invocation of a Saturday Night Live sketch suggesting that the media is "in the tank" for Barack Obama, the MSNBC moderator was equally tough on both contenders about issues ranging from NAFTA to Rev. Louis Farrakhan. As he does so skillfully on Meet the Press, Russert quoted the senators' own words back to them in an attempt to pin down their positions. Such pointed, informed questioning explains why Russert bestrides the political-talk arena like a colossus. read more

The TV Weekend: Oscars and SNL

It was Oscar's 80th birthday, but it only felt like Sunday night's show went on for 70 years. (Official count: three hours, 20 minutes.) It’s an annual ritual, beating up on the annual Academy Awards broadcast for being too long, bloated, boring. That can especially be a problem when the show is as free of surprise as this year's was — true, Marion Cotillard's victory over Julie Christie for best actress was unexpected (though well earned), and I loved her gracious and giddy speech (one of the night's few truly memorable and spontaneous moments), but seriously, how many people saw either of their movies?In a year when most of the major film contenders fell something short of cultural phenomena, it's up to the host to make the show relevant and dynamic. Jon Stewart had his work cut out for him, with precious little prep time thanks to the writers’ strike, not to mention the preoccupation of an ongoing, historic presidential campaign that inspired some of his best jokes... read more

Cheers: SNL's Barack Obama Speaks!

Fred Armisen as Senator Barack Obama on Saturday Night Live by Dana Edelson/NBC Photo

Cheers to Saturday Night Live for pulling out all the stops with its first post-strike episode. Fred Armisen's Barack Obama impression was surprisingly subtle: The hardest part, Armisen tells TV Guide exclusively, was "figuring out the volume of his voice. It seems to be a combination of loud and not so loud at the same time. Even when he is being emotional, there is a calmness to him." SNL scored big with delightful cameos from Obama Girl, Steve Martin and Gov. Mike Huckabee (whose future may not lie in the White House but at the Chuckle Hut). Plus, the Annuale commercial parody was an instant classic, and Bill Hader's spoof of Daniel Day-Lewis was dead-on. And how cool was it to see Tina "Bitch is the New Black" Fey return to the real 30 Rock, but this time as guest host? Welcome back, Tina — and SNL!Related:• Saturday Night Live's Ratings? Seriously Good• Read and react to Bruce's opinions on American Idol, Top Model and more!• Share your own raves and rants a... read more

The 2008 Votes: Politics, Survivor and Idol

Survivor: Micronesia's Cirie by Monty Brinton/CBS

One of the more bizarre Thursdays I've spent in front of the TV lately, where it seemed everyone was vying for votes: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in their second historic CNN debate (a lot less warm and fuzzy than the pre-Super Tuesday mutual admiration-fest); Survivor: Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites, where Cirie acted all Miss Ohio (as in: look at me, I'm the swing vote and who I say go, goes); and of course the first results show of American Idol this season, with no real shocks among the departures (if you don’t count the survival of the week's absolute worst singer, Chikezie), because so many of the first week's singers were ripe for the kill. (I'll admit, with so much else on, I zipped through the Idol results in about five minutes; time well saved, I must say.)I expected more fireworks from the Clinton-Obama encounter, but for the most part, they stayed on message and steered clear of what Obama would call “silly season” smears. (When Hillary went after her... read more

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