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NBC News Veteran John Palmer Dead at 77

John Palmer

Anchor and correspondent John Palmer died Saturday after a brief illness, NBC News announced. He was 77.

"We are deeply saddened to share the news that we have lost a valued friend and colleague," NBC News said in a statement. "John was... read more

Margaret Thatcher Dies After Stroke

Margaret Thatcher

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday after suffering a stroke, the BBC reports. She was 87.

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Justified Alum Margo Martindale Returns to FX for The Americans

Margo Martindale

Margo Martindale is spying a return to the cable network that brought her Emmy gold.

The 61-year-old actress, who won an Emmy for her role on Justified's second season, has joined FX's upcoming series The Americans.

Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, the '80s-set spy series follows ... read more

FX Reveals Premiere Date for The Americans

Keri Russell

FX's new drama The Americans will premiere on Wednesday, January 30 at 10/9c, the network announced Tuesday.

Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, The Americans follows two undercover KGB spies posing as a married couple in Washington, D.C., during the Cold War. read more

The Biz: Inside the Great Debates

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

The first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday, October 3, is expected to be the steel cage match of the political season. They'll meet again on October 16 and October 22. TV Guide Magazine asked experts who have been on the front lines of past presidential campaigns to tell us what to expect — and what the candidates need to do to win.

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Geraldine A. Ferraro, 1984 Vice Presidential Candidate, Dies at 75

Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine A. Ferraro, who was the first female vice presidential candidate on a national ticket, died on Saturday, according to CNN. She was 75.

Ferraro died at Massachusetts General Hospital of complications from... read more

Ronald Reagan Biopic Planned

Ronald Reagan

Hollywood has finally gotten around to giving Ronald Reagan the big-screen presidential biopic treatment.

Reagan will trace the path from the 40th president's childhood and acting career all the way to the White House. The film is based on Paul Kengor's best-selling biographies The Crusader and God and Ronald Reagan.

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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 Amazon.com) 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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Chris Matthews' New Book: A Political How-to

Chris Matthews by Lisa Berg/NBC

Chris Matthews recently celebrated his 10th year as the host of MSNBC's Hardball, and he spent a few decades in politics before that tenure. He's distilled his observations into a new Random House book, Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation and Success. Ah, but can politics teach you how to handle Daily Show host Jon Stewart when he calls your book "sad," as he did when Matthews recently appeared to get a plug? Matthews tells The Biz how he survived what he called "the worst interview I've ever had in my life."TVGuide.com: What made you think your experience in politics would make a good advice book?Chris Matthews: It's what I know. You write what you know. I've spent 36 years watching politicians, and I've learned the traits that work with people. The absence of those traits usually suggests the failure of a career. I'm talking about people who get elected time and time again and succeed in American politics: Generally they have a set ... read more

Coverage of Ford Funeral Won't Rival Reagan's

The consensus is that the networks' coverage of Gerald Ford's funeral won't begin to near that of the nation's most recent farewell to a fallen president. "It will not be of the magnitude of Ronald Reagan, who had two terms and was a dominant figure in American politics," NBC News' Tom Brokaw tells Reuters. "[And] I think the Ford family knows that." Said TV coverage plans have yet to be firmed up, but it is expected that there will be at least some coverage of Ford's laying in state under the Capitol rotunda, and of his state funeral, planned for Tuesday at the National Cathedral in Washington. read more

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