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MSNBC to Produce Obama, Romney Documentaries

MSNBC is producing two new documentaries on the two major party candidates for president. Chuck Todd hosts “Mitt Romney: The Making of a Candidate,” and Chris Matthews hosts “Barack Obama: Making History,”

The Romney special features an exclusive with the candidate which was conducted yesterday. It also looks at Romney’s rise as a successful businessman; the role of the Mormon faith in his life; and his relationships with his family and staff.

The Obama doc features interviews with Vice President Joe Biden, Obama Campaign Advisor David Axelrod and Caroline Kennedy. The special examines Pres. Obama’s rise to the highest office in the land and highlights his first term accomplishments.

“Mitt Romney: The Making of a Candidate” airs on MSNBC two weeks from tonight at 10pmET. “Barack Obama: Making History” airs Monday, September 3 at 10pmET.

More details in the press release after the jump…

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Sunday Show Ratings: May 6

The Sunday show pendulum swung back to NBC this week as “Meet the Press” topped CBS’ “Face the Nation” by 40,000 Total Viewers and 146,000 A25-54 viewers. Vice President Joe Biden was the guest on “MTP.”

Compared to the same week last year, only Univision’s “Al Punto” grew in both ratings measurements. “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday” are down in both.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,090,000 Total Viewers and 431,000 A25-54 viewers. A rebroadcast of “Meet the Press” on MSNBC added 567,000 and 208,000, respectively.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour airs in just 64% of the country.

The numbers for May 6:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC
“Meet the Press” 2.72M 915K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.68M 769K
ABC “This Week” 2.23M 662K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 970K 378K
Univision “Al Punto” 857K 377K

How Choreographed was the President’s Gay Marriage Evolution?

It started Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with VP Joe Biden affirming his support of gay marriage. Then on Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan went on “Morning Joe” and said “Yes, I do” when TIME’s Mark Halperin asked if he believes in same-sex marriage. Then it all culminated yesterday as ABC’s Robin Roberts got the exclusive with President Obama affirming his support of gay marriage.

But today on “CBS This Morning,” “Will & Grace” creator Max Mutchnick said Pres. Obama should not have been surprised by Biden opening the can of gay worms, because Biden “was testing the material out of town” two weeks earlier at an fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Mutchnick says Biden spoke at the private function and his remarks were recorded by a White House camera crew. “It says to me that this was all very choreographed,” Mutchnick told CBS. “I mean, look, I’m just a man who experienced this, but Vice President Biden made it very clear that day these were his views and so much so that they wanted to record him.”

“The sum total is the White House should not have been surprised by what he said on ‘Meet the Press,’” said Mutchnick.

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Did VP Biden catch a nap during Obama’s deficit reduction speech?

Vice President Joe Biden seemed to catch up on some sleep during President Obama’s deficit reduction speech today. CBS News had a camera trained on the Veep. Also – he brought along his iPad.

Keith Olbermann’s Appearance on ‘The Last Word’

As TVNewser reported yesterday, MSNBC’s “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann was a guest on the first edition of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” last night, joining Vice President Joe Biden.

While O’Donnell told us that Olbermann would be giving him advice on hosting a new show, the topic of conversation took a more serious turn, with the two wonking out over tax policy:

Olbermann did have some friendly advice for O’Donnell at the end of the segment, however.

“I can not thank you enough for getting me started on this new show,” O’Donnell said to Olbermann.

“You are very welcome and keep them there until 11 o’clock,” Olbermann quipped.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on the ‘Absurdist,’ World of News, and Advice from Keith Olbermann

Tonight at 10 PM, MSNBC will premiere the newest addition to its primetime lineup, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Following “Countdown” at 8 PM and “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 9 PM, “The Last Word” completes MSNBC’s primetime in a sense, as the network finally puts a live, original show in the 10 PM hour, joining competitors CNN and Fox News.

Tonight’s premiere will feature an interview with Vice President Joe Biden, but it will also see O’Donnell getting advice on how to host a primetime show from MSNBC’s most prominent primetime talent: Keith Olbermann.

“I will be getting advice on hosting the show from Keith tonight, live,” O’Donnell tells TVNewser. “He is going to appear on my first show, as he should, because Keith created the ratings platform in primetime at MSNBC that has made the creation of the other two shows in primetime possible.”

Indeed, O’Donnell, hardly a TV novice, noted that at the end of the day, the driving factor in television is ratings.

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VP Joe Biden to Appear on Rachel Maddow Tonight

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Vice President Joe Biden will appear on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” tonight. Biden will discuss the midterm election results from last night, including tea Party-favorite Christine O’Donnell‘s win in the Republican Senate primary for Biden’s old Delaware seat.

C-SPAN & C-SPAN2 To Carry Tonight’s RTCA Dinner Live

The Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner will be broadcast live from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on C-SPAN and, if the Senate is not in session at the time, on C-SPAN2. Coverage begins at 8:50pmET.

Speakers include Vice President Joe Biden, comedian Joe Wong, and Linda J. Scott, Coordinating Producer for PBS NewsHour who is the 2009-’10 RTCA Chairwoman.

Kevin’s on the Amtrak as we speak, so look for coverage from him tonight on Twitter and tomorrow on TVNewser.

Chris Matthews to Interview VP Biden in Jerusalem

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is on his way to the Middle East tonight where he’ll interview VP Joe Biden. Matthews will anchor “Hardball” from Jerusalem tomorrow and Tuesday and will report from the region as he travels with the Vice President throughout the week. NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd will anchor “Hardball” Wednesday through Friday. Matthews’ interview with Biden airs Tuesday.

Veeps, Past and Present, on the Sunday Shows

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Last Sunday, ABC announced former Vice President Dick Cheney would be a guest on “This Week.” And now, TVNewser has learned, current Vice President Joe Biden will be a guest on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Biden will be remote from Vancouver, as he attends the Winter Olympics.

Biden was on “Larry King Live” last night talking about the recovery act and health care reform. Biden, along with Dr. Jill Biden, also sat down with ABC’s Juju Chang for a joint interview that airs tomorrow on “Good Morning America.”

> Update: Biden’s really making the rounds. He’s on “Meet the Press” Sunday as well.

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