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Bristol to Sarah Palin: 'Mom, take your prom-hair back home!' How the Palins 'stun' TV viewers

Sarah Palin’s Alaska and Dancing with the Stars combine to throw a monkey-wrench into pop and political culture. The second episode of the former governor’s TLC series Sunday night was an irresistible hour of halibut fishing and clay-pigeon shootin': “Don’t retreat, just reload,” she told daughter Bristol as she racked a rifle. Meanwhile, Bristol will reload once again on Monday to out-last more dainty hoofers on DWTS. What is it about these two that exerts such a pull on viewers?

On Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Bristol bristled at her mother’s constant stream of advice, and snapped at her, “Mom, take your prom-hair home!” Sarah paused, apparently perplexed for a moment: She knew she’d been sassed impudently, but at the same time, she clearly admired her kid’s spunk.

So it is with both Palins on TV. As Bristol thunders READ FULL STORY

'Sarah Palin's Alaska' premiere review: 'Mama Grizzly' fishes, climbs mountains, protects her young

Tune in to Sarah Palin’s Alaska to behold the beauty and the wonder, the harshness barely concealed beneath the glacial calm, the wildness that coexists with glowing serenity.

And the show itself is interesting, too.

Certainly this docu-series from the channel that gave us the Gosselins and the Duggars was family-friendly with cheerful aggressiveness. The debut episode, entitled “Mama Grizzly,” framed the former governor of Alaska the way it frames most of TLC’s clan narratives, with careful editing for the maximum positive representation, and with its subject issuing proclamations that are unassailably true¬† (“I love this state like I love my family”).

The idea behind this series is to show READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart on 'The Rachel Maddow Show': 'We have a special place in our hearts for Fox'

Jon Stewart’s hour-long interview on The Rachel Maddow Show was remarkable for Stewart’s unprecedented openness about where he stands when he’s not making jokes.

Because Stewart respects Maddow, he took her up on her invitation to clarify the message many believed he sent out at his “Rally To Restore Sanity”: That there’s a parity of invective on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel. Stewart said his intention was “misperceived,” and what he wanted people to walk away with was READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann returns to 'Countdown,' says Jon Stewart 'hit home runs' in his jokes about... Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann began his Tuesday-night return to Countdown with a shot of his empty desk. He shuffled into view and said, “What’s new?” Back from a suspension last week by MSNBC for making political donations, Olbermann came out swinging. Among his other segments, he provided guest Michael Moore an ample platform to critique the interview Olbermann’s parent network, NBC, conducted with former president George W. Bush.

Olbermann said some have claimed this was all a publicity stunt. (For the record, I wrote that the suspension and its cessation was “nicely timed for a lot of publicity,” a dart aimed at Olbermann’s corporate masters.) “This was not a publicity stunt,” he said. Then the host added, his voice raising in mock fury, that if READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart takes on Olbermann, Maddow, and Maher; also announces a new rally

Jon Stewart began Monday night’s Daily Show by congratulating Conan O’Brien on his new show… and feigned shock upon discovering that Conan is now his time-period competition. “Now I’ll never be able to watch me!” he howled.

But Stewart was just winding up. As we kinda knew he would, Stewart wasted no time in taking on READ FULL STORY

George Bush: 'Let's talk about water-boarding!' Torture, getting drunk, making Kanye and Cheney mad: The TV book-tour begins!

The creepiest promo for Monday night’s Decision Points: A Conversation with George W. Bush was the snippet that played all last week during NBC’s entertainment programming, in which former president George W. Bush said to Matt Lauer, “Let’s talk about water-boarding” in an enthusiastic tone that suggested the subject was as fun and exciting as a trip to Disneyworld.

NBC’s promo department should be sent to the same woodshed where Keith Olbermann is being kept until Tuesday evening. It turned out that READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann will be back on MSNBC on Tuesday

Keith Olbermann, suspended last week by MSNBC for making political donations, will be back hosting Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Tuesday night.

In a statement released Sunday evening, MSNBC president Phil Grifffin said, “I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann unites conservatives and liberals: Does anyone besides MSNBC think he should be suspended?

“Hey there — anything crazy happen where you work today?” said Rachel Maddow at the start of her MSNBC show on Friday night. She was referring, of course, to the suspension of her prime-time neighbor, Keith Olbermann, for making donations to three Democratic congressional candidates.

According to NBC News policy cited by MSNBC president Phil Griffin, its employees cannot READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's 'Indecision 2010': 'If you're a Democrat, how do you look at yourself in the mirror Wednesday morning?'

Jon Stewart went for titles-within-titles for his live election coverage on Tuesday night. The Daily Show became Comedy Central’s Indecision 2010, with the subtitle Maybe We Can’t its… subtitle? Its sigh of resignation?

The live studio audience booed some of the Republican winners and cheered some of the Democratic winners. Although when Stewart said, “West Virginia will keep a Democratic seat,” the smattering of applause prompted Stewart to note sarcastically, “Boy, that sounded enthusiastic.”

To analyze what he termed “the ass-whupping that has been delivered to the Democrats,” Stewart brought out his guest, presidential historian Michael Beschloss. He pointed out that READ FULL STORY

George Bush really does not 'appreciate' Kanye West's Katrina criticism: 'The worst moment of my presidency'

President George W. Bush says that when he heard Kanye West say, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” “it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.”

Bush has taped an interview with Matt Lauer that will air on a special prime-time Matt Lauer Reports on NBC Nov. 8. It’s to promote his forthcoming book, Decision Points. The subjects of the interview are wide-ranging, but the former president is very passionate on the subject of West’s criticism of the way Bush handled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. NBC has released some quotations from the interview.

“He called me a racist,” Bush tells Lauer. “And I didn’t READ FULL STORY

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