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The Biz: King David: Inside the Life of a Showbiz Giant

David Geffen

Entertainment mogul David Geffen was pleased that the prestigious PBS documentary series American Masters wanted to feature him as a subject — until executive producer Susan Lacy told him he had to be interviewed on camera. Geffen likes to talk, but apparently not... read more

The Biz: Governor Mitt Romney Reveals His Favorite TV Shows

Mitt Romney

The electorate may be deeply divided, but the two candidates running for president share common ground on their favorite TV show. Both President Barack Obama and his opponent Governor Mitt Romney told TV Guide Magazine that Modern Family is the show they most enjoy watching with their wives. President Obama told us about his TV preferences and pop culture habits... read more

The Biz: Will Michelle Obama Be the Next Oprah?

Michelle Obama

While President Obama has been locked in a tight battle for reelection, his wife's favorability ratings have soared higher than ever. America loves First Lady Michelle Obama, and when viewers see her on the talk-show circuit doing pushups with Ellen DeGeneres or reeling off a Top 10 list on Late Show With David Letterman, it's easy to understand why.

Michelle Obama has such an appealing TV presence that if she and her husband find themselves moving out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January, she'll have the opportunity to make the transition from high-profile, engaging talk-show guest to big-name talk-show host — arguably the biggest ever in terms of recognizability.

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The Biz: Bob Schieffer Preps for Final Presidential Debate

Bob Schieffer

CBS News Washington bureau chief Bob Schieffer has worked on his network's coverage of every presidential debate since 1976. But Schieffer told TV Guide Magazine he decided to stay out of the fray this time around until he moderates the final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, in Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday (9/8c). read more

The Biz: Analyzing the New Daytime Lineup

Katie Couric

A lot of new big names have moved into the daytime neighborhood this fall, but viewers are choosing to spend more time with a familiar friend. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is off to its best start in its 10-year history, ranking as the No. 1 syndicated talk program among the advertiser-favored audience of women ages 25-54 through the first two weeks of the TV season. Its overall average of 3.3 million viewers is up 6 percent from a year ago, putting it behind Dr. Phil (3.8 million) and Live With Kelly and Michael (3.4 million).

When Oprah Winfrey ended her program in 2011, insiders in the syndication business wondered where her viewers would go. No program last year took immediate advantage of the upheaval, but daytime habits change glacially. "All the research indicated that after Oprah left there was a large opportunity for Ellen, and that may be playing itself out," says Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, which syndicates Ellen. read more

The Biz: 48 Hours Readies Its 25th Season

48 Hours

The Saturday premiere of 48 Hours (10/9c) marks the start of the CBS newsmagazine's 25th season. But executive producer Susan Zirinsky can think of far more important numbers connected with the program. read more

The Biz: Today Executive Producer Addresses Shakeup

Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer

Don't blame Matt Lauer if you miss Ann Curry on NBC's Today. The morning show's executive producer Jim Bell said Wednesday it was his decision to eject Curry from the co-anchor chair back in June.

Lauer has rarely been the subject of unfavorable press since he became a star co-anchor on Today in 1997. But Today's ratings have dropped further behind ABC's Good Morning America since Curry was replaced by Savannah Guthrie. 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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The Biz: The Conventions' Winners & Losers

Mitt Romney, Barack Obama

The Democrats and Republicans did their best to info-tain you with their party conventions. While the ultimate judgment will come in November, here are the stars who shined and dimmed during the confabs.
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The Biz: CBS' Norah O'Donnell Joins the Morning Game

Norah O'Donnell

If Norah O'Donnell becomes the next big thing in morning television, history will point to a frosty January day in Iowa when she put a direct question to Republican presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich. "You said of Mitt Romney, 'Somebody who will lie to you to get to be president will lie to you when they are president,'" she said. "I have to ask you, are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?" Responded Gingrich: "Yes."

It was a viral video that had CBS News executives thinking O'Donnell could be more than their chief White House correspondent. "She's had a lot of moments like that," CBS News president David Rhodes says of his... read more

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