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Jay Leno to host White House Correspondents Dinner

I'm getting sleepy just thinking about this.

Jay Leno is headlining this year's White House Correspondents Dinner, where he will efficiently bore (and most importantly, not offend) the 2,600 politicians and celebrities gathered for the annual Nerd Prom.

What's most obvious about this hosting choice is that the White House is playing it S-A-F-E this year. Unlike past hosts Wanda Sykes and Stephen Colbert, Leno is unlikely to cause so much as a ripple with his predictable style of comedy (check out Colbert's infamous 2006 hosting job here). Maybe he'll do a special edition of "Headlines" or "Jay Walking." Yay.

Festivities will air on MSNBC this Saturday night at 9pm. 

The dinner raises scholarship money for budding journalists.

What to Watch on Saturday: Adam's Rib and the high price of love

Adam's Rib (10pm, TCM) - The 1949 classic about a husband-and-wife team of lawyers (Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn) who take opposite sides in the case of a woman (Judy Holliday) who tried to kill her husband.

Lockup: Colorado Extended Stay (10pm, MSNBC) -  A new episode of this popular MSNBC series looks at "love in prison and its consequences." That could be interpreted a couple of different ways...

Austin City Limits (Midnight, UNC-TV) - Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire plays from their second cd, "Neon Bible." It's a repeat, but it's still Arcade Fire.

Kennedy remembered in TV specials tonight

Networks are announcing special broadcasts remembering Sen. Ted Kennedy, who passed away early this morning.

So far...

At 7pm, CNN will air HBO's 2009 documentary, "Teddy in His Own Words" in a two-hour special hosted by Campbell Brown.

Katie Couric is hosting a special on CBS called "Ted Kennedy, the Last Brother," which features Kennedy interviews with Ed Bradley and Leslie Stahl. That will air at 8pm.

On ABC, Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson will host "Remembering Ted Kennedy" at 10pm.

NBC's Brian Williams is broadcasting a special 1-hour "Nightly News" show live from Hyannis Port.

MSNBC is showing a first look at Chris Matthews' "The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary" at 11pm. The documentary is also scheduled to run Thursday night. 

More updates as we hear...

Surviving the DNC on cable Pt. 3

All I have to say about Wednesday night's cable of coverage of the DNC is WILL THESE PEOPLE PLEASE SHUT UP?

Thanks to the endless prattle (particularly among ego-tripping MSNBC pundits), I nearly missed an unexpected barn-burner of a speech by John Kerry (which I managed to catch, in part, on CNN and C-SPAN). And I completely missed Tammy Duckworth's speech, which my girlfriend told me about after she listened to it on public radio while at work.

My advice to one and all is to watch it on C-SPAN tonight. I guarantee the electricity on stage is going to be a lot more interesting than the wind-powered commentary on the sidelines.

Surviving the DNC on cable, Pt. 2

Boys, boys, break it up.

If you've been watching MSNBC lately for the Democratic conevention (it's The Place for Politics, after all) you may have said those words to your TV screen more than once. Can't windy know-it-alls get along?

First, nighttime co-anchors Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann ganged up on morning guy Joe Scarborough, mocking him when he suggested that McCain's attack ads against Obama may be paying off in the polls.

Then, Scarborough gave a schoolyard bully-boy smackdown to correspondent David Schuster for disagreeing with him about withdrawing from Iraq. (Scarborough actually said he didn't care whether Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gets killed after we leave. Classy.)

Last night, things got really awwwwkward between Matthews and Olbermann, when the latter formed one hand into the universally-recognized gesture for blah-blah-blah after Matthews went on a bit too long (you think?) about Hillary Clinton's speech later that evening. That's when Matthews got snippy. DO NOT tell that guy to shut up.

Meanwhile, over at Fox News, where there's nary a shred of disunity, a decision was made to cut off Mark Warner's keynote speech so that Obama's link to 60s radical Bill Ayers could be treated as breaking news. To be fair to Fox, Warner's speech was kinda boring.

Surviving the DNC on cable, Pt. 1

First of all, let's just state the obvious. The prospect of watching
daylong coverage of the Democratic National Convention on any of the
cable networks is just too soul-killing to consider.

Not gonna do it. In fact, after I finish this post, I'm turning my attention to HBO's new vampire series "True Blood" (my review runs in the Sept. 7 Arts & Living section).

Ah, but I digress. Of course, I tuned in Monday night, though way too early (before 8 p.m.) , as I quickly realized.

Maddow replaces Abrams at MSNBC

Air America radio host and MSNBC contributer Rachel Maddow will replace Duke University alumnus Dan Abrams in the 9 p.m. weekly spot following "Countdown With Keith Olbermann."

Maddow's new show will take over the spot currently held by "Verdict With Dan Abrams" on Sept. 8.

More here.


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