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Weekend Show Preview — 12.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyI apologize for the lack of Weekend Show Previews in recent weeks… We promise to start doing them again. Without further adieu, here we go:

Highlights will include President Barack Obama on “Al Punto”; former President George W. Bush on “State of the Union”; Senator John McCain on “Face the Nation”; Karl Rove on ”Fox News Sunday”; and former Vice President Dick Cheney on “Meet the Press.”

Sunday: 

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Former VP Dick Cheney; Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Select Committee on Intelligence; Director, University of Chicago’s Institute, David AxelrodDan Senor, Co-Founder, Foreign Policy Initiative; Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent, The New York Times; and NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Andrea Mitchell.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of the Armed Services Committee;  Intelligence Committee Vice Chair, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA); Intelligence Committee Chair, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Sen. Angus King (I-ME) of the Intelligence Committee; Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal and CBS News Contributor; Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times; The Root’s Charles Ellison; and Michael Gerson of The Washington Post.

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); Karl Rove, former top White House Advisor to President George W. Bush; Syndicated Columnist and Fox News Contributor, George Will; White House Correspondent for The Associated Press, Julie PaceMichael Needham, CEO, Heritage Action for America; Charles Lane, editorial writer for The Washington Post and Fox News Contributor; and Jose Rodriguez, former Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

ABC’s “This Week“: Former CIA Director, Gen. Michael HaydenEric Fair, visiting Professor at Lehigh University and contract interrogator in Iraq in 2004; Foreign Affairs Columnist for The New York TimesTom Friedman; Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Keith Ellison (D- Minnesota); CNN Political Commentator and Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich; Syndicated Radio Host and ABC News Contributor, Laura Ingraham; and CNN and SiriusXM host, Michael Smerconish.

Univision’s “Al Punto” : President of the United States of America, Barack ObamaFrancisco Dominguez, Attorney General of the Dominican Republic; José Manuel “Chumel” Torres, Host and Writer of “El Pulso de la República”

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Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper to Anchor CNN’s ‘Election Night in America’

best_wb_ac_10.03.12-300x168Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will lead CNN’s coverage of the Tuesday, November 4 midterm elections, being billed as “Election Night in America.” Coverage will start at 5pm and Blitzer and Cooper will be joined by “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper for analysis and chief national correspondent John King operating the “CNN Magic Wall.”

Also slated for air time: Gloria BorgerDavid GergenDana BashCandy CrowleyMichael Smerconish, Paul Begala, Jay Carney, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Kevin Madden, and Ana Navarro.

In addition to televised and online coverage, New Yorkers can turn their attention to the Empire State Building where CNN has affixed a “vertical LED-illuminated ‘meter’” on the top of the building’s spire. As nationwide Senate results come in, red or blue lighting on the meter will indicate which political party has gained control of the Senate.

And at 9 pm on CNN en Español, the network will broadcast “Voto Latino 2014,” to be anchored by Juan Carlos LópezPatricia Janiot and Fernando del Rincón.

Weekend Show Preview, 5.9.14

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Fmr. Defense Sec. Robert Gates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), David Ignatius of WaPo, Michael Crowley of TIME, Margaret Brennan of CBS

“Fox News Sunday”: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Fmr. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell, UConn’s women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, Brit Hume, Julie Pace of AP, George Will, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Pre-empted by Premier League soccer coverage

ABC’s “This Week“: Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donna Brazile, Bill Kristol, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Michael Smerconish

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), José Miguel Vivanco from Human Rights Watch, Bolivian journalist Mercedes Guzmán, fmr. MLB star Mariano Rivera, rock band La Ley

CNN’s “State of the Union: 9:00 - Rick Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), USA Today‘s Susan Page, Tara Wall of PTP Foundation for Media Arts, Hilary Rosen; 12:00Jennifer Senior of New York Mag, author Iris Krasnow, author Claire Shipman

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Tapper Takes Morgan’s Time Slot for a Test Drive

With “Piers Morgan Live” now but a distant memory, the competition for Morgan’s old slot has begun in earnest. Tonight,  Jake Tapper starts a week of double shift duty -he will host both a 4:00 pm and a 9:00 pm version of “The Lead” -in an effort to show that he can be the prime-time star Jeff Zucker is looking for.

While we hear that Tapper is the favorite for the gig, Zucker will also reportedly try out Michael SmerconishBill Weir, and Don Lemon in the hour.

After each potential host has auditioned, Zucker will then subject them all to endurance trials and a gross-out eating contest before forcing them to live together in a house for one month. Only then will Americans have the chance to vote for their favorite.

At least, we’re pretty sure that’s how it works.

From One Host to Another: Assoc. Producer Leaves Bill Press Show for Michael Smerconish

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After six and a half years, Bill Press Show Associate Producer Dan Henning is leaving to go to work for Sirius XM’s POTUS Channel, specifically the Michael Smerconish show.

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Separated at Birth: The Balding Edition

Today we delicately pair TBD‘s Arts & Entertainment Editor Andrew Beaujon and Phili radio host and MSNBC Contributor Michael Smerconish. Anyone complaining that their only likeness is their balding, my response is: true. A clear, contributing factor, without a doubt. But it’s the glasses and eyebrow shape, too. The brows are equally thick and fuzzy. Beaujon doesn’t appear too sensitive about his balding…he has mentioned it on his blog and compared himself to the late Telly Savalas. Note to readers: In case you think your eyes are playing tricks on you, they are not. We needed to switch out our original photograph of Beaujon because WCP has certain photo ownership rules and that picture was taken by Darrow Montgomery. We think this one works just as well.

White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day, as told to us by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…

Potato Leek.

Co-host Chuck Todd sandwiched the soup segment within a race by race feature and an announcement. He said Philadelphia-based radio reporter Michael Smerconish would interview President Obama at 11:40 a.m.. Todd said they’d “exclusively simulcast the interview.” He added, “Maybe before the President sits down with that, he’ll sit down and have some White House Soup of the Day, potato and leek, and maybe he’ll leak it out to us. [Slight Pause] See, that joke never gets old.”

Conservative Radio Host Smerconish Gets Obama One-on-One

President Obama will sit down with conservative radio host Michael Smerconish at the White House tomorrow, Politico‘s Playbook reports this morning. Smerconish will also broadcast his afternoon show from the White House- the first radio show of this presidency to broadcast live from 1600, Mike Allen notes.

Smerconish said today: “I am proud and excited to be the first radio broadcaster on the watch of this President to be invited into the White House to interview the President of the United States and include telephone calls from my listeners… There are no ground rules. I am not prescreening with the White House on what the subject matter will be. I run my radio program with dignity and respect for this president and other public officials. I do not intend to take calls from listeners who want to offer platitudes, nor take cheap shots against the President. I used the last portion of today’s program to seek out listeners with pointed direct and substantive questions about Health Care. We’re looking for questions that have not already been asked.”

TWT Partners w/ CBS Radio Affiliate WHFS 1580

The Washington Times kicked off a partnership WHFS-1580 AM today that will provide listeners with a ‘top of the hour’ newscast plus 30-second features from TWT’s newsroom.

WHFS features a daily lineup of conservative talk-radio hosts, including Glenn Beck, Fred Thompson, Lou Dobbs, Michael Smerconish, and Dr.Laura Schlessinger.

The TWT newscasts will air from 6-9 AM, Monday-Friday.

The Buzz at Smerconish Book Party

An iconic group from Capitol Hill, K Street, NIH and the media gathered at the home of Marina and Daniel Ein‘s home on Thursday to celebrate the publication of Michael Smerconish‘s new book, Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking.

Folks chattered about Pennsylvania politics (Senator Arlen Specter‘s chances for re-election post-party swap…deemed “excellent” by most) and swine flu. MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews extracted an “I’m not running for the Senate” from popular Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy while former Senator Ted Stevens talked up WaPo’s MaryAnn Akers.

Roll Call reporters Tory Newmyer, Emily Heil and long-time Chicago Sun Times bureau chief Lynn Sweet made the fete and celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley mixed it up with Politics Mag’s Boyce Upholt.

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Chris Matthews and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA)

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Chicago Sun Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet and Biographer Kitty Kelley

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Chris Matthews and Michael Smerconish

* All photos courtesy of nobilephoto.com

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