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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

I've been watching TV for so ...

Question: I've been watching TV for so long, I remember when test patterns were "must-watch TV." Critics fondly reminisce about the golden years, and there were some truly great years. But am I wrong to think that we are now in the platinum age of television? As this past winter season wound down, this DVR viewer was bummed by the thought of a long summer season of reality shows, relieved only by Rescue Me. To my surprise (and here's a plug for TV Guide), I learned about some of the new series that would be flung all over the cable globe: Mad Men, The Bronx Is Burning, Damages, Kill Point (episodes piling up as I try to catch up with other shows) and now I hear buzz about The Company. Add to that So You Think You Can Dance (far superior to American Idol), Top Chef and Hell's Kitchen, and my personal addiction The Daily Show, and I just can't find enough hours to watch. So my question is: Why don't the networks just give up the full season philosophy (usually thrown in with repeats or as ... read more

Hillary Does Dave as Other Contenders Do Daily Show

Hillary Clinton and David Letterman by John Paul Filo/CBS

Late Show with David Letterman will celebrate its 14th anniversary with an Aug. 30 visit from no less than 2008 presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. This marks the seventh time Bill's honey has dropped in on Dave.Not to be outdone, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has landed its own lineup of White House hopefuls: Sen. Joseph Biden is a guest on Aug. 16, followed by Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson (loved him in Rocky V) on Aug. 20, and Barack Obama on Aug. 22. read more

TCA Awards: Correcting the Emmys

Alec Baldwin courtesy NBC Photo

No awards system is perfect, and the TCA Awards is no exception. But arriving two days after the often-inexplicable results of the Emmy nominations, Saturday night's low-key, good-time TCA Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton was a welcome course correction to several especially egregious Emmy oversights. (And, lo and behold, nary a mention of Boston Legal anywhere.)First up: Michael C. Hall, ignored by the Emmys but cited by the TCA for “Individual Achievement in Drama,” for his mesmerizing performance in Showtime's Dexter as a serial killer targeting Miami's lowest forms of criminal life. (Other contenders in this category included Friday Night Lights' Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, also shamefully snubbed at the Emmys.)Friday Night Lights, a near shutout at the Emmys despite its status as a first-year critics’ darling (and recipient of Peabody and AFI awards), was later named Outstanding New Program. (The field also included 30 Rock, Dexter, Heroes and Ugly Bet... read more

Is NBC Eyeing Jon Stewart for a Late-night Gig?

Jon Stewart by Norman Jean Roy/Comedy Central

NBC Universal biggies Jeff Zucker and Marc Graboff recently had "exploratory" talks over dinner with Jon Stewart, Broadcasting & Cable reports, suggesting that the Daily Show frontman might somehow fit into the Peacock's late-night plan. Rather than pitch Stewart anything specific, a source tells B&C, Zucker and Graboff "just made their interest known in finding a way to do business together if Jon was ever available."Stewart's Comedy Central pact expires in 2008, not long before Conan O'Brien is scheduled to inherit The Tonight Show from Leno. There is some buzz, though, that with Leno still being immensely profitable, NBC might pay Conan to walk away, thus freeing up the 12:30 slot.POLL: Would NBC be wrong to pull The Tonight Show gig away from Conan? Vote here.POLL: Would you like to see Stewart host a late-night talker? Vote here.POLL: Should Leno retire as planned? Vote here. read more

March 4, 2007: "The Pilot"

Being a fan of both The Daily Show and Family Guy, I’ve been looking forward to The Winner and tonight’s pilot did not disappoint me. Family Guy creators Seth MacFarlane and Ricky Blitt successfully bring their oddball humor to the show’s main character, Glen Abbott, and I think there is no one better to portray the 32-year old loser than Daily Show expatriate Rob Corddry.First off, I love how the show is set in 1994. The subtle (and not so subtle) 90’s references cracked me up, among them Glen’s Party of Five mention and of course, the O.J. Simpson car chase. I think one of the funnier lines in tonight’s pilot was Glen’s mom, Irene (Linda Hart), declaring that O.J. “couldn’t hurt a fly,” rivaled only by Allison (Erinn Hayes) noting that Clinton “seems to be a good family man.” I love how the writers intentionally take us back to 1994 through these references and I’m excited to see more of them as the series continues.... read more

Is The Daily Show's Rob Corddry the Next Steve Carell?

Rob Corddry, The Winner

Glen Abbott, the title character of Fox's new sitcom The Winner (premiering Sunday at 8:30 pm/ET), is a 32-year-old schlub living with his parents. He can't cook for himself. He's never had sex. He's obsessed with Steven Weber's Wings. In short, this winner's a big loser. Rob Corddry plays this man-child, and it's not an insult to say that he makes as convincing a TV loser as anyone in recent memory. Narrated from the pres­ent by a successful Glen, The Winner is set in 1994, the year when he decides to turn his life around. In order to impress Alison (Erinn Hayes), a divorced doctor who's the only person he's ever kissed, Glen befriends her 14-year-old son, Josh ( read more

The Tonight Show's Mo Rocca Rocks the Super Bowl

The Tonight Show's Mo Rocca

Late last week, comic Mo Rocca was dispatched to Florida to capture the true essence of the Super Bowl experience. As a lead-up to the big game, the former Daily Show correspondent will be delivering nightly segments to NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. TVGuide.com spoke with Mocca immediately after his arrival in the Sunshine State. TVGuide.com: So today was your travel day?Mo Rocca: Yeah. I just got into Gainesville at the University of Florida, which is very exciting. I figured I'd begin with the BCS champions and then work my way up to the NFL championship. TVGuide.com: What sort of stories are you looking for amongst all the Super Bowl hoopla?Rocca: We read more

YouTube Yanks Jon Stewart, Torrid Office Vid

Has the corporatization of everyone's favorite vid site taken all the funny away? Viacom became the latest conglomerate to have longer clips of its broadcast content — in this case, from Comedy Central, MTV and BET — removed from the now Google-owned YouTube, including some of the site's biggest draws, nearly full episodes of Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. Similarly, Broadcasting & Cable reports, a risqué mash-up parodying The Office's tortured lovebirds (titled "Pam & Jim Uncensored") was pulled at the request of NBC. But for the moment it was out there, how fun it was to hear Ms. Beasly talk dirty. read more

Coming Soon: Fox Tries Another 'Toon

Fox is developing Animals, a cartoon series penned by Robert "Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog" Smigel and Greg Cohen (King of the Hill), hopefully to join The Simpsons, Family Guy, et al, on the network's Sunday slate.... Per Variety, TBS will launch its first late-night programming block on Nov. 27 with the premiere of 10 Items or Less, a semi-improvised comedy about a family-run supermarket. The cabler has also ordered pilots for Off the Road with Andrew Daly, fancied as "Charles Kuralt with a comedic bent," and a female-skewed sketch-comedy series from Daily Show producer Jenny Hunter. read more

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Premiered: March 11, 1999, on Comedy Central
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Premise: Jon Stewart's hip, irreverent skewering of the news and pop culture elevated this already successful series to new comedic heights (and doubled its audience) after he took over for Craig Kilborn in 1999. `If you watch the news and don't like it, then this is your counter program to the news,' Stewart said. Comedy Central's signature show snagged an Emmy in 2003 as the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.

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