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Why Jon Stewart's 'Rally To Restore Sanity' is important. No, seriously.

We should have seen this coming.

The “Rally To Restore Sanity,” which Jon Stewart announced on Thursday night’s Daily Show, is the next logical step in Stewart’s seriously humorous attack on extremism — not political extremism, but READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart announces 'Rally To Restore Sanity' in Washington, D.C., for Oct. 30

Jon Stewart announced a “Rally To Restore Sanity” on Thursday night’s The Daily Show. He also called it, with a certain hopefulness, “A Million Moderate March.” Attempting to gather what he called the “70-to-80 percent” of Americans who aren’t extremists on the right or the left, Stewart invited viewers to come to Washington’s National Mall “on 10/30/10″ to embody common sense under the banner “Take It Down A Notch For America.”

Knowing that appealing to folks who are reasonable and usually “have s— to do,” unlike most protesters, Stewart said he’d READ FULL STORY

Barbara Walters returns to 'The View': Guest David Letterman says he'd like to kill Jon Stewart

Barbara Walters returned to The View to kick off the show’s 14th season. Looking fit after heart surgery, she received taped greetings from celebs including Elton John and Justin Bieber, plus a big hug from a first-time View guest: David Letterman.

Letterman loves to talk about his decade-old quintuple bypass operation, and was delighted that Walters was willing to reveal a bit of her post-op scar. He talked medical specifics — “Did you love the morphine? Wasn’t that fantastic?” — but Walters wanted to steer the conversation to late-night matters.

Asked whether he minded that Jon Stewart READ FULL STORY

Here's who'll win the Emmys in the variety/musical and best TV-movie categories

colbert-stewart-obrienImage Credit: Martin Crook/Comedy Central/Frank Ockenfels 3/Comedy Central/Mitchell Haaseth/NBCThis week, we’re considering two categories; unlike previous weeks, I’m asserting who I hope will win, since who will win may very well be different.

In the Outstanding Musical, Variety, or Comedy series category, we have:

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The Colbert Report

Saturday Night Live

The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien

Real Time with Bill Maher

Who I Hope Will Win Jon Stewart plowed new ground this season, which is to say, he built up rage against so many worthy targets, and found fresh ways of expressing that anger through humor, that his show achieved a whole new level of comic effectiveness. He deserves the win.

Who May Win My colleague Lynette Rice has laid out an excellent argument for why Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show may take an Emmy. Never underestimate Emmy voters’ desire to catch a wave of public sympathy for a man who was wronged. On the other hand, in an industry town like Los Angeles, a lot of voters look upon Conan as a business loser, and that may work against him.

Shoulda been contenders Where the hell is the nomination for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson? And The Late Show with David Letterman?

The nominees for Outstanding Made for Television Movie are:

You Don’t Know Jack

Georgia O’Keefe

Temple Grandin

The Special Relationship



Who should win Temple Grandin. Away and by far the best tv-movie, Temple Grandin featured a superlative performance by Claire Danes in the title role of the real-life woman with autism who became a significant inventor, and the film itself avoided any easy sentimentality and biopic cliches.

Who may win You Don’t Know Jack Never underestimate Emmy voters as suckers for a movie star: Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian gave a fine performance; it’s just that Temple Grandin was a better production overall.

Shoulda been contenders The TV-movie genre is in such poor health, there should actually have been fewer nominees in this category; the excellence just isn’t there these days.

So what do you think of my picks? Do you think Stewart can win over Conan? Do you think someone else should win?

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'The Client List' review: Jennifer Love Hewitt shook her money-maker

Jennifer Love Hewitt made the rounds of the talk shows last week, promoting Monday night’s Lifetime TV-movie The Client List, and whether she was on The View or Jimmy Fallon, Hewitt wiggled into her seat with the eagerness of a gal who knows how to sell what she’s got.

Which was also pretty much the entire concept of The Client List. This instant-classic-schlock Lifetime movie — “inspired by a true story,” of course — had Hewitt playing READ FULL STORY

Elisabeth Hasselbeck calls Kathy Griffin 'scum'

This morning on The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck called Kathy Griffin “scum” for joking on her Bravo show My Life On The D-List last week that Sen. Scott Brown “has two daughters that are prostitutes.” “You defend your daughters against scum who come after them,” said Hasselbeck. Whoopi Goldberg followed that up by saying that “if somebody talked about my daughter READ FULL STORY

Bristol Palin's engagement gift to David Letterman: A fresh bouquet of Sarah Palin jokes

The news that Bristol Palin is engaged to Levi Johnston found David Letterman as pleased as a five year-old ring-bearer. In his opening monologue last night, Dave made a number of jokes about the renewed union, saying that Bristol had READ FULL STORY

Were these the best Emmy nominations for which we could have hoped? Yes. Here's why.

Emmy nominations: Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton — yay! Tony Shalhoub and Toni Collette — I’d have preferred new jack swingers Toni! Tony! Tone!

Yes, it’s that time to grouse about some of the shows that were neglected in  major categories (Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Justified) and praise the selection of worthies that were recognized (Friday Night Lights, The Good Wife).

The thing is, this was just about the best set of Emmy nominations we could expect, a mix of READ FULL STORY

Larry King says he wants Ryan Seacrest to take his place

As a nation reeled at the news that Larry King had announced he’s stepping down from Larry King Live, King was asked by READ FULL STORY

Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Fallon and 'the spaghetti that ended the late-night wars'

Last night, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Fallon continued their cross-talk-show communication with an affable pasta exchange.

It began with Fallon digging READ FULL STORY

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