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“Veep” Stars Walk the Carpet in D.C.

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss

The cast from HBO’s upcoming series “Veep” were in town yesterday to promote the political comedy with a screening at the U.S Institute of Peace.

It was mostly peaceful, but packed which made for dicey moments on the red carpet.

“Veep” focuses on a clueless vice president, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and her bumbling staff.

FBDC asked the show’s starring actors about their thoughts on the D.C. culture and what parts of it were amplified in the series.

“The closer you are to the popular kids, the more powerful people feel,” said Tony Hale, who plays a personal aide to the Vice President. “[It's] just like high school. There’s a lot of high school happening in both here and L.A.”

Timothy Simons took special note of Washington’s crappy sense of style. “There’s a fashion sense from 10 years previous,” said the actor who plays the White House Liaison to Dreyfuss’ character. “A general sense that nobody has time to ever buy new clothes. So I think it’s like the clothes you have in college, you just hope that those fit you until you’re 35. And at that point you would have time to shop for new clothes.”

Simons said he prepared for his role by reading “D.C. Interns,” a popular blog about interns in Washington. He said the blog taught him about about “calling interns out on wearing their intern badges” at inappropriate places.

Matt Walsh plays the Communications Director in “Veep.” He told us the first thing he learned about the D.C press corps in preparing for his role is that “the best play in any crisis or any gaffe is to not say anything [else] and to smile your way through it.” Smaller blogs break the stories now, he said, “so you really have to watch every word that you say. You can never be off camera. You’re never off the record.”

NYT's Frank Rich

 

Sarah Palin is famous for her media mishaps when she was the Republican vice presidential candidate. We asked Dreyfuss if she did any media prep for the show. She said she spent more time trying to “pull back the layers of politics” than news media, but that “it really is extraordinary now how every move a politician makes is documented. And one false step and they’re screwed.”

Space on the red carpet was tight (and even tighter with the five-person crew ABC’s Amy Walter and Yahoo! NewsDavid Chalain had in tow) but went smoothly enough.

The actual screening was like an oversold flight. More tickets than seats were handed out and many attendees were left standing.

“Veep” officially premiers April 22.

Notables:

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash (sans John King); Politico‘s Jonathan Martin; Mother Jones‘ (and alleged public tantrum thrower) David Corn; New York magazine’s Frank Rich; HOH’s Warren Rojas; MPAA Director Chris Dodd; The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz (aka Howeesha); The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab and Jenny Rogers; Glittarazzi‘s Ali Lewis and Greg Blakey.

Quotable:

“They just want him to get off.”– An apparently perturbed videographer remarking on the news that George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.

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Weekend Show Preview: June 13-14, 2009

The Situation Room w/ Wolf Blitzer: Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) will discuss gas pipeline, Letterman feud, Obama and 2012. Dir. OMB Peter Orszag, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to discuss healthcare, budget and economy and author of “Myths, Illusions and Peace,” David Makovsky.

NBC’s Meet the Press w/ David Gregory: VP Joe Biden and roundtable with Republican strategist Mike Murphy and MSNBC’s Fmr. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos: Sec. H&H Kathleen Sebelius, Former MA Gov. Mitt Romney and a roundtable with Dem. Strategist & ABC News Consultant Donna Brazile, Nat Journal’s Ron Brownstein, WSJ’s Kimberly Strassel and columnist George Will to discuss the battle over a public insurance plan, the opposition from Congress over key provisions, and how the President plans to rally public support for reform.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to discuss health care, Guantanamo Bay, the Supreme Court nom. of Sotomayor, and the state of the Republican Party.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Chris Dodd, (D-CT) / Chairman, Banking Committee with Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-IA) / Ranking Member, Finance Committee. Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce. Steve Chaconas, National Bass Guide Service.

CNN’s State of the Union w/ John King:Sec. H&H Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) to discuss health care debate and the latest on H1N1.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Rick Sanchez, CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel to discuss Twitter: phenomenon or passing fad? TIME’s Mark Halperin, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox and Jim Geraghty of National Review to discuss Palin-Letterman and Obama comedy

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: BBC’s Katty Kay, ABC News’ Claire Shipman, NYT’s Helene Cooper and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC will discuss why Republicans are struggling to find the right path to oppose Obama

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Ceci Connolly on health care reform, Bara Vaida of National Journal on health insurance lobbyists, Tom Gjelten of NPR on TARP bailout funds and Politico’s John Harris on VA and NJ gubernatorial races.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Middle East peace process, Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary and Christine Harper report on executive pay issues, Hans Nichols on health care reform and Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne discuss Sotomayor’s confirmation process, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: President-elect Obama.

  • This Week: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ron Gettelfinger, President, United Auto Workers, The Wall Street Journals’ Peggy Noonan, the Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman, Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL), Member, Senate Budget Committee and New York Times’ Thomas Friedman.

  • Fox News Sunday: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sens. Carl Levin, (D) Michigan and Richard Shelby, (R) Alabama/ Ranking Member, Senate Banking Committee and a panel with Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News and Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post & Time Magazine. The Power Player is Jim Messina, Director of Personnel for the Transition Team of President-elect Barack Obama and is the incoming White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

  • Reliable Sources: Dana Milbank, columnist, The Washington Post; Ana Marie Cox, Washington editor, TIME.com, Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large, National Review Online, Eric Deggans, television critic, St. Petersburg Times, Andrew Tyndall, blogger, Tyndallreport.com, Michael Wolff, author, “The Man Owns the News: Inside Secret World of Rupert Murdoch”

  • CNN’s After Party: Brian DeBose, editorial writer, The Washington Times, Michelle Cottle, senior editor, The New Republic, Christopher Hayes, Washington editor, The Nation, Stephen Hayes, senior writer, The Weekly Standard; CNN political contributor, Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; former speechwriter for Sen. Bill Frist, Jamal Simmons, Democratic strategist; president, New Future Communications. Hosted this week by Hilary Rosen and David Brody, CNN political contributors

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, (R-MN), Gov. Ed Rendell, (D-PA), Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst, Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst, Joe Johns, CNN senior correspondent.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Joe Kernen of CNBC; John Heilemann of New York Magazine; and Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post Writers Group.

  • The Post Politics Program: Chris Cillizza, Eli Saslow, Post contributor Paul Light and Jennifer Agiesta.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: General Hamid Gul, former Pakistan Intelligence Chief, Shuja Nawaz, Author, author, “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within”, Lt. Gen. Talat Masood, Pakistan Army Corps (Ret.), David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”, Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, CNBC’s John Harwood, CNBC’s Steve Liesman and Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein.

  • Face The Nation: Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Rep. Barney Frank, Chairman, House Financial Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), Secretary of Treasury, Henry Paulson and a roundtable with Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The “Power Player” is American Red Cross chair Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.

  • This Week: U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. John Boehner and a roundtable with ABC News’ Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, George Will and ABC News consultant Donna Brazile.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post; Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times reporter; Richard Stengel, editor, Time magazine; and Norah O’Donnell, MSNBC chief Washington correspondent.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: James Ledbetter of TheBigMoney.com, Washingtonpost.com’s Travis Fox speaks with The Post’s Bart Gellman about his new book, “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” and Norman J. Ornstein from the American Enterprise Institute.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), Erin Billings, Roll Call and Elizabeth Brotherton, Roll Call.

  • Reliable Sources: New York Times’ Paul Krugman, talk radio show host Michael Medved, Time’s Karen Tumulty, CNN’s Ali Velshi, Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and CNN’s Frank Sesno.

  • Late Edition: McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, CNN’s Gloria Borger, CNN’s Ed Henry, CNN’s Bill Schneider, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez and Democratic strategist James Carville.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank.

  • GPS: Former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, House Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank (D-MA), author Niall Ferguson, RiverTwice Research president Zachary Karabell, Financial Times’ Martin Wolf and Israeli investigative reporter Ronen Bergman.

    Note: FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a one hour special entitled, “Joe Biden: A Personal Look” on Saturday September 20th at 9PM ET. Hosted by Greta Van Susteren, this special will feature a personal look at Biden’s life with exclusive interviews from his colleagues and friends.

  • Morning Reading List, 10.01.07

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  • Who should play Obama in a movie? The Illinois senator says Denzel Washington.

  • Most of you have not even used a VHS in more than a year. Do you even own one anymore?

  • Happy belated birthday to Roll Call’s Emily Heil. Her birthday was Friday.

  • Regarding this, a reader writes in, “Makes me like Russert better!! And maybe he’ll gather some new lyrics to quote at the Radio/TV Correspondents’ dinner.”

  • Reuters reports, “Many executives attending the fourth annual Advertising Week conference admitted that they had misjudged exactly what consumers want these days. Figuring that out may be the advertising and media industry’s top challenge, they said.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Democratic Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps set a high bar Thursday for approval of three media mergers before the agency as he questioned whether the proposed deals were in the public interest.”

  • USA Today: “Return of 1999? Dot-coms making a comeback

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “CBS Corp. thinks Web surfers would rather watch a blooper reel from the sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’ than an actual episode of the show. To cater to what it believes is the short attention span of online audiences, the network today is launching CBS EyeLab, a digital-production studio that will create and distribute short clips cut together from the network’s most popular shows.”

  • Business Week reports, “Fox vs. CNBC: Countdown To War
    Fox Business: Network has the deep pockets and patience of News Corp. behind it. It’ll need them”

  • Multichannel.com reports, “Al Jazeera English chief Nigel Parsons says the network is stepping up efforts to gain U.S. cable or satellite TV distribution, and talks are going well with ‘one of the majors.’”

  • Poynter Online’s Thomas T. Huang writes, “The digital world can help the reader deepen his understanding of his own community — and build connections within that community. We need to take advantage of that.”

  • B&C reports, “Hearst-Argyle Television’s special committee appointed to consider the tender offer by Hearst said the offer is inadequate.”

  • Conde Nast Chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. sat down Wednesday with Portfolio Editor-in-Chief Joanne Lipman to take a very serious look at every page in the upcoming November issue of Portfolio, his $100 million pet project.

  • Reuters reports, “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Bloomberg LP on Thursday, alleging the news service had discriminated against pregnant employees by cutting their pay and demoting them.”

  • On Thursday, CNN’s Candy Crowley conducted the first interview to take place on CNN’s Election Express. Crowley spoke to John Edwards in New Hampshire.

  • Information Week reports, “Managing mixed voltage interfaces between portable devices and memory cards”

  • Two years ago on September 29, Judith Miller was released from jail.

  • Gawker reports, “Newspapers Now Stuffed Full Of Blogs, But No Clue Where To Put Them”

  • DCist reports, “FOUND Magazine has a knack for revealing the beautiful underbelly of America, the forgotten parts of our everyday lives.”

  • A tipster tells us, “The NY Times mag piece about DC spelled Rep. Jane Harman’s name wrong.”

  • A reader writes in, “Regarding the NYT Mag article: Where’s Jenny 8. Lee when you need her?”

  • National Journal’s William Powers on You Tube: “Because, unlike newspapers and other traditional media, they are hip and popular. In contrast to the bottled quotes and factoids of traditional journalism, they seem unfiltered. And they draw Web traffic, which makes them valuable (clicks equal cash).”

  • Slate Gabfest Podcast now on XM Radio at 6pm Friday on channel 130 the POTUS 08 channel.

  • Poynter Online’s Peter Zollman writes, “Billions of dollars in revenue; now often considered the ‘bad guy’ even though its slogan is ‘Don’t be evil;’ stunning market share in search; worldwide growth; more initiatives underway than seemingly dozens of other companies…Amazing. And it isn’t even 10 years old. By contrast, eBay launched 12 years ago. Yahoo began as a student hobby in February 1994. So both are older, by far — at least in Internet terms.”

  • Feministing.com awarded Chris Matthews asking Sen. Chris Dodd: “Do you find it difficult to debate a woman?” the “Sexist (and stupid) quote of the day”

  • Potomac Flacks reports, “Jennifer Moire, previously head of media relations at C-SPAN, has launched Lyon Park Public Relations (www.lyonparkpr.com).”

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell examines the
    Post coverage of the sad Sept. 17 killing of 14-year-old DeOnte Rawlings.

  • Wall Street Journal presents, “Read All About It! A veteran reporter and editor’s favorite books about newspapering.”

  • New York Times’ Public Editor writes, “Last Sunday’s column about the MoveOn.org advertisement prompted more than 350 messages from readers. The vast majority took issue with one aspect of the column or another.”

    Jobs

  • The Center for American Progress is looking for an Editor, CampusProgress.org

  • World Wildlife Fund is looking for a Creative Services Writer.

  • Thomson Tax & Accounting is looking for a Reporter/Author — News Service.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Senior Photo Editor

  • Media General, Inc. is looking for a Senior Multimedia Producer

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Sr. Business Analyst, Deputy Managing Editor, News & Information and a Supervising Senior Producer, Weekend All Things Considered.

  • Publishing Services LLC is looking for a Marketing Editor.

  • Daily News-Record is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • The Daily Progress is looking for a News editor/copy desk chief.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Correspondent.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for an Art Director.

  • Solutions at Home is looking for an Advertising Account Executive.

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  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Account Manager.

  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters are looking for a Staff Writer and a Project Manager.

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation is looking for a Producer.

  • The Daily Press is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for a Broadcast Desk Assistant.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an entry level staff writer.

  • Inside Lacrosse is looking for a Copy Editor.

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  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Michael Leavitt, Margaret Spellings, Col. Gerald Massengill, Tom Ridge, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Gregory, Jon Meacham, Pete Williams.

  • Face the Nation: Sen. Patrick Leahy , Jim and Sarah Brady, and criminal profiler Gregg McCrary.

  • This Week: Newt Gingrich, Sen. Chris Dodd and Jackie Dodd.

  • Fox News Sunday: Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling , GWU Pres. Stephen Trachtenberg, and Sens. Arlen Specter and Chuck Schumer.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Sam Brownback , Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, ex-Clinton counsel Lanny Davis, and a roundtable with CNN’s Bill Schneider and CNN’s Jeanne Meserve.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman of Newsweek; David Brooks, New York Times; Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent; and Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson.

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Rep. John Murtha and Sen. Lindsey Graham. Roundtable includes Washington Post’s Gene Robinson and Wall Street Journal’s John Harwood.

  • Face the Nation: Sens. Joe Lieberman and Carl Levin and Washington Post’s Anne Hull.

  • This Week: Sens. Trent Lott and Charles Schumer and Treas. Secretry Henry Paulson. The roundtable consists of Washington Post’s EJ Dionne, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Reps. Pete Hoekstra and Charlie Rangel, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Susan G. Komen founder Nancy Brinker.

  • Late Edition: Sens. Chris Dodd and Jon Kyl, Rep. Tom Tancredo , and U.S. Amb. to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad.

  • Chris Matthews Show: NBC’s David Gregory, Chicago Tribune’ Clarence Page, New York Times’s Elisabeth Bumiller and Washington Post Writers Group’s Kathleen Parker .

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: FAA Admin. Marion Blakey. Associates Press’ Leslie Miller and USA Today’s Alan Levin join the questioning.