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HBO Options ‘Game Change’ Sequel

The authors of the book Game Change are working on a follow-up to their 2010 best-seller called Double Down: Game Change 2012. HBO, which aired a made-for-TV movie based on the first book, has already optioned the sequel for a movie.

John Heileman and Mark Halperin will release Double Down: Game Change 2012 in Fall 2013. It will, not surprisingly, focus on the 2012 Presidential campaign between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

The original Game Change debuted on bookshelves in January, 2010, and debuted on HBO in March of this year. The movie became famous for Julianne Moore‘s portrayal of Sarah Palin as much as anything else, and garnered a more-than respectable 2.1 million live viewers.

Charlie Rose Meets the Press, a Lot of Them, in Post-Debate Show

If you’re looking for the most ecumenical post-debate coverage tonight, check out Charlie Rose‘s PBS show. The “CBS This Morning” co-anchor is up late with a live debate wrap up with guests spanning many TV networks and publications, including:

Chuck Todd, NBC News
John Dickerson, CBS News
Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Gwen Ifill, PBS Newshour
Mark Halperin, Time Magazine
John Heilemann, New York Magazine
Tina Brown, Newsweek/ Daily Beast
Albert Hunt, Bloomberg News

A Diverse Crowd For ‘Morning Joe’ In Tampa

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” originates this week from Howl at the Moon, a bar just outside the convention center in Tampa that has been dubbed “Morning Joe Elephant Bar” for the duration of the Republican National Convention.

This morning, people arrived as early as 4:45 a.m. — just a few hours after last call at the bar, which is remaining open at night this week — to watch the show.

During commercial breaks, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski interacted with the crowd, asking for a show of hands on political affiliation (split down the middle, with a handful of independents) and home state (overwhelmingly Florida, although there are a few stragglers from as far as Maine and Arizona). After he finished his segments, former RNC chairman Michael Steele mingled with the crowd, shaking hands and taking pictures.

“I love the energy. We live for these shows,” Willie Geist tells TVNewser. “Four years ago during the primaries we started doing them in Iowa and New Hampshire, and we totally got the bug.”

In addition to Chuck Todd and David Gregory, Scarborough and Brzezinski’s guests today included Grover Norquist, Eugene Robinson and Mike Murphy.

“So many of these politicians and strategists we talk to on remote sometimes,” Geist said. “It’s nice to have them on, in place, sort of passing through like they’re walking into a coffee shop, and you can sit down and talk with them.”

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A Politico Sunday Show?

The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone writes about Politico in the site’s iPad-only magazine “Huffington.” As we have noted over the last few months, Politico has been expanding its video efforts, particularly on big election nights.

Calderone reveals that in 2010 the site wanted to launch its own Sunday public-affairs show, anchored by Mark Halperin, a Time columnist and MSNBC regular. You can download Huffington. from iTunes here if you want to read the entire thing.

So far no online startup has dared challenge the broadcast or cable networks on Sunday mornings, but as more and more people watch video online, that will surely change. The Wall Street Journal launched its own weekday show from Washington recently, and HuffPost has its own plans in the works with HuffPost Live.

‘Game Change’ Review: Cliché with Compassion

“Game Change” is not a flawless docudrama. Neither is it, in the words of a conservative blogger, “a heinous piece of propaganda” for Obama.

What “Game Change” is, at its essence, is a wildly-entertaining cautionary tale about presidential politics. Moral of the story: Be careful what you wish for.

“Game Change,” which debuts on HBO Saturday, follows Sen. John McCain‘s disastrous decision to name then-unknown Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his Republican running mate in 2008. It’s based on the best seller of the same title by reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, both of whom served as consultants.

McCain and Palin, among others in their respective camps, have made so much noise about the alleged inaccuracies of “Game Change” (sight unseen) that HBO included a letter in its media kit, defending Danny Strong’s script. For HBO, that is not an everyday occurrence.

This much is beyond dispute – Julianne Moore and Ed Harris give remarkable performances as Palin and McCain.

Moore, a four-time Oscar nominee, perfectly mimics Palin’s speech in its distinctive rhythm, pitch, and scrappin’ of consonants. She doesn’t go too far, however, allowing her to avoid the level of parody by Tina Fey on “Saturday Night Live.” (In a nice touch, Moore is shown watching the “SNL” clips.)

Harris is equally impressive in his McCain incarnation. The actors’ eyes alone speak volumes, particularly in the scene where his Alpha-dog chief strategist, Steve Schmidt (played to the

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Who Else is in ‘Game Change’?

The other day we told you about some of the tvnewsers who, via clips from their networks, make cameos in the upcoming HBO docudrama “Game Change,” which is based on the best-selling book by cable news mainstays John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. In addition to Sean Hannity, Anderson Cooper, Bill O’Reilly and Wolf Blitzer, there are shots of Katie Couric and Charles Gibson (with a body double, above). Couric, with CBS at the time, and Gibson with ABC, got sitdown interviews with Sarah Palin, whose story features prominently in the film.

CNN’s Gloria Borger, Jack Cafferty, and Dana Bash make appearances. FNC’s Juan Williams also shows up in clips as does and PBS’ Gwen Ifill who moderated the VP debate in 2008.

“Game Change” premieres on HBO three weeks from tonight. Here’s the trailer.

‘Morning Joe’ Bleeps Ann Coulter For John McCain Remarks (VIDEO)

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, and it made for some memorable television. While speaking about Arizona Senator and former Presidential candidate John McCain, Coulter was bleeped out for over 10 seconds, apparently because she called him a “douche bag,” among other things.

“Ok, just blur it all out,” Joe Scarborough quipped. “Well, they got the general drift of that,” Coulter replied.

WATCH (via Politico):

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Mark Halperin Appears on MSNBC From Airplane Lavatory (VIDEO)

In the wee hours of the morning, MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin made TV news history. Appearing on “Way Too Early” with Willie Geist, Halperin Skyped into the program… from an airplane lavatory.

Yes, Halperin was aboard a red eye Delta flight during Geist’s show, and popped into the bathroom for a quick appearance. After a comprehensive Google search, TVNewser was unable to find any other cable news guests who appeared live from an airplane restroom.

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Update: an intrepid tipster notes that Geist is no stranger to conducting interviews from weird places. It isn’t quite a lavatory 30,000 feet up, but he did interview folks inside Port-a-Potties at President Obama’s inauguration:
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MSNBCers Talk Politics and Cable News at TCA, as Mark Halperin Returns

If you were watching “Morning Joe” on MSNBC this morning, you may have recognize a familiar face:

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Yes, Mark Halperin returned to the channel after an “indefinite” suspension that lasted for one month.

Halperin’s return happened to coincide with MSNBC’s panel discussion at the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills. MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Matthews appeared, along with MSNBC president Phil Griffin.

In addition to talking politics (all three hosts agreed with varying levels of certainty that President Obama would be re-elected next year) the panel also discussed MSNBC’s place in the cable news landscape.

As Time‘s James Poniewozik recalled:

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Fox News Contributors: Mark Halperin Got a Bum Rap

Did Time’s Mark Halperin receive punishment that fit the crime? In The Daily Beast, journalist Judith Miller and pollster Doug Schoen write that no, he did not. Halperin of course called President Obama a “dick” on “Morning Joe” last week.

Miller and Schoen argue that the bigger problem was the fact that The White House apparently told MSNBC that it believed Halperin’s comments were inappropriate. Of course, the pair are not exactly neutral observers, as both appear regularly on Fox News Channel.

[H]is mistake was not so egregious as to require an indefinite suspension or even suspension or punishment at all. Time magazine’s editors stood by their man, kind of, sort of. While they called their political editor’s comments on MSNBC “inappropriate and in no way reflective of Time’s views,” and said that the magazine had issued him a warning that such behavior was “unacceptable,” Halperin had “appropriately apologized on air, via Twitter and on The Page.” Enough was enough.

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