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The Weekly Watercooler: Debates, Waterworks and Nail-Biters

Joe Biden, Paul Ryan

A quick look back at some of what got this critic talking about TV this week:

THE MAIN EVENT: Now that's how you do a TV debate, as the veep candidates squared off Thursday night in a lively encounter that made for great TV, unlike last week's unfocused and lost-in-the-weeds presidential face-off. Rousing, contentious, scrappy, with an actively engaged moderator... read more

Obama vs. Big Bird: Sesame Street Upset By Campaign Ad

Big Bird, Barack Obama

Forget D.C. This year's presidential election is taking place on Sesame Street (and Big Bird & Co. aren't happy about it).

The Sesame Workshop, which produces the PBS series, released a statement Tuesday asking the Obama campaign to take down a new ad that uses Big Bird to mock Mitt Romney. read more

VIDEO: Big Bird Steals Daniel Craig’s Thunder on Saturday Night Live

Big Bird and Seth Myers

Saturday Night Live welcomed Daniel Craig as host, but even James Bond was no match for the week's biggest star: Big Bird! The Sesame Street mainstay appeared on "Weekend Update" to discuss being mentioned by Governor Mitt Romney during last week's presidential debate. "It's so weird to think about that just a few days ago, I could just blend in like every other perfectly normal 8-foot talking bird." Watch the clip below... read more

Jon Stewart vs. Bill O'Reilly Debate: Who's "The Mayor of Bull---- Mountain"?

Bill O'Reilly, Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly went head-to-head in a debate about issues facing the country Saturday night, and to say the affair was more lively than the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney would be an understatement.

The Daily Show host set the tone for the evening — a mix of confrontational and comedic — in his opening statement, when he referred to Fox News' O'Reilly as "the Mayor of Bull---- Mountain."

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Romney's Big Bird Comments Give Rise to Million Muppet March

The Muppets

Mitt Romney's comments about cutting funding to PBS during Wednesday's presidential debate have inspired a new political demonstration: The Million Muppet March.

"I like Big Bird," the Republican nominee said Wednesday, while explaining that cutting funding to PBS and other public arts and education programs would be part of his plan to balance the budget. Apparently the feeling isn't mutual.

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Election 2012: The Best Twitter Responses to Wednesday's Presidential Debate

Mitt Romney, Big Bird

Wednesday's debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney  was the most tweeted-about event in U.S. political history, according to Twitter's government and politics team. Users sent 10.3 million debate-related tweets in 90 minutes, with commentary spiking at such memorable moments as Romney's mention of Big Bird as he discussed cutting funding to PBS ("I like Big Bird!" he said) and moderator Jim Lehrer's often unsuccessful attempts to cut the speakers off.

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Sesame Street and Big Bird Feel 40 Years Young

Big Bird

For Big Bird, 40 is the new 6. Everyone's favorite 8-foot yellow lark and all his friends celebrated Sesame Street's 40th anniversary earlier this month. While the big Four-Oh means middle age in human years, it's forever young on the groundbreaking, self-renewing children's program. "Forty feels great! I feel pretty good because I'm 6 years old now in bird years," Big Bird tells TVGuide.com. "I was a wee child when it started. I think my first memory is Sesame Street." The same could be said for countless fans of the series that has netted a record 122 Emmys and has become one of TV's most enduring shows. See what Big Bird thinks has made Sesame Street so successful, what his Thanksgiving plans are and more!
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