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Larry King Plays Musical Chairs

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Larry King’s turbulent night of finding the right seat.

“Count Larry” King, as he was dubbed, played his own personal game of musical chairs at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night.

While sitting at one of the CNN tables, King first drew attention to himself by approaching the dais during dinner in a Count Dracula blazer (“What is he wearing, a cape?” a dinner attendee asked.) to chat up President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. When he returned to his table, he grew annoyed and complained to the waiter that lights from the track lighting high above were shining in his eyes.

So King moved one seat over, trading seats with Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy.” This placed him next to CNN President Jon Klein. But that didn’t do the trick. King was soon on the move again, this time to the other side of Klein, which now sat him next to a tall blond. Dinner attendees wondered if the woman might be a good fit for “wife number nine”.

With the whole cape get-up and moving seats so much, dinner attendees joked that he was behaving like a bat and suggested he might land another seat: hanging upside down from the ceiling.

> Update: Other overheard jokes – 1)“I don’t mind Larry King dressing like a vampire. But does he have to drink Gloria Borger‘s blood?” 2)“Oh, give poor Larry King a break. After all, he had the best after party … in TRANSYLVANIA!”

This photograph, taken by FishbowlDC, truly epitomizes King’s mood for much of the evening.

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Wolf Discusses SNL Impersonation

This afternoon CNN’s Rick Sanchez brought D.C. anchor Wolf Blitzer onto the show to discuss the resignation of Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.). At the end of the interview, Sanchez sneaked in a question to Blitzer about the SNL impersonation that aired of the bearded correspondent this weekend. Impersonators of CNN’s Jack Cafferty and Gloria Borger also appeared in the skit.

Here’s the awkward exchange:

Blitzer: It’s not the first time he’s done me.
You got the clip?
Sanchez: What? Got the what?
Blitzer: The clip.
Sanchez: No.
Blitzer: Do I really mumble like that?
Sanchez: No, you’re fine. You’re a good sport. That’s why I love you like a brother.

Within a minute, guess what happened? The clip showed up.

Sunday Show Preview 02.21.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: General David Petraeus, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), WaPo’s E.J. Dionne, WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

CBS’ Face the Nation: Exclusive interview with former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

ABC’s This Week (with Terry Moran): Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), Gov. Edward Rendell (D-PA)and roundtable with George Will, Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd and Arianna Huffington.

CNN’s State of the Union (with Candy Crowley now): Gov. Jim Douglas (R) Vermont; Gov. Deval Patrick (D) Massachusetts; Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.; Susan Molinari (R) former U.S. Representative, and former Democratic NJ Gov. Jon Corzine.

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Governor Haley Barbour (MS-R), Gov. Jennifer Granholm, (D- Michigan) and Steve Grove, Head of News and Politics at YouTube.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Christine Brennan, USA Today, ABC News contributor; Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star; ESPN contributor; Lisa Bloom, CNN legal analyst

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Alexis Simendinger of National Journal, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Jackie Calmes of The New York Times and Politico’s Eamon Javers.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: James Baker, former U.S. Secretary of State; Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, Yemeni Foreign Minister

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, WaPo’s David Ignatius, NYT’s Helene Cooper, Politico’s John Harris.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Deficit committee co-chairmen Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Hans Nichols, Indira Lakshmanan, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne.

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and John Boyd, Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association.

CNN’s Amanpour: Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S.; Michael Shifter, VP for policy and director of the Andean Program at the Inter-American Dialogue; Leopoldo Lopez Mendoza, former District Mayor of Caracas

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Sunday Show Preview: 01.31.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: David Axelrod,Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), NYT’s David Brooks, CNBC’s David Faber, WaPo’s Eugene Robinson, U.S. News’ Mort Zuckerman.

CBS’ Face the Nation:

ABC’s This Week: Barbara Walters in the anchor chair with guest Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA).

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville.

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Round table: Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, columnist Charles Krauthammer and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Lauren Ashburn, managing editor and executive producer, USA Today Live; Lola Ogunnaike, pop culture commentator; Robin Liss, president and CEO, Reviewed.com; Steven Levy, author, “The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness.”

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Director of National Economic Council Larry Summers and Iran Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: PANEL: CNBC’s Jim Cramer, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell and Newsweek’s Katie Connolly.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Dan Balz, NYT’s Peter Baker, CNN’s Gloria Borger and Politico’s John Harris.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), Sec. Ray Lahood, Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker , Hans Nichols , Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne .

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Arne Duncan.

CNN’s Amanpour: Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive; Michelle Montas, Haitian journalist and acting chief of the UN mission to Haiti; Amy Wilentz, author of ‘The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalie’ and Leader of the UK Conservative Party, David Cameron.

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Roll Call’s David Drucker and Politico’s Eamon Javers.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), NYT‘s Thomas Friedman and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward

CBS’ Face the Nation: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

ABC’s This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and a roundtable with CFR President Richard Haass, ABC’s and columnist George Will, The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel and WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan

Fox News Sunday: U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. David Petraeus, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and a panel with Fox News analysts Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, former White House press secretary Dana Perino and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: National security advisor Ret. Gen. Jim Jones (Ret.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CBS’ Chip Reid, FrumForum.com’s David Frum, TNR‘s Michelle Cottle, Lisa Bloom, Us Weekly‘s Bradley Jacobs and New York Magazine‘s Will Leitch

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, NYT‘s Tom Friedman and former IAEA director general Mohamed ElBaradei

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: BBC’s Katty Kay, New York Magazine‘s John Heilemann, CNN’s Gloria Borger and Time‘s Michael Duffy

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: ABC’s Martha Raddatz, Time‘s Michael Duffy, NJ‘s James Kitfield and LAT‘s Doyle McManus

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Bloomberg’s Janine Zacharia, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), and U.S. Army (Retired) Major General John Hawkins, American Urban Radio Networks April Ryan, Republican commentator Ron Christie, Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Morgan Freeman in DC for “Invictus” Screening


Mediocre blackberry pic of Matthews and Freeman by yours truly.

Renowned actor Morgan Freeman graced DC last evening for a screening of “Invictus,” which hits theaters December 11th. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, it’s the story of South African President Nelson Mandela’s campaign to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event in his first term.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews hosted a Q&A with Freeman at National Geographic after the screening, which received a standing ovation from a nearly full theater that included the likes of Fox News’ Chris Wallace, CNN’s David Bohrman, Kevin Madden and President Obama’s right-hand man Reggie Love.

“You can’t tell Mandela’s whole story in a movie,” Freeman said of the rugby storyline he convinced Eastwood to direct. Matthews first opened questions to South Africans in the audience– “you portray Mr. Mandela very well” and “the movie was emotional,” women at the screening said to Freeman.

The “Invictus” star admits he has yet to see the film, though he will when it premieres. “I’m terrified… I’d much rather believe you when you say it’s good,” he said.

As for who should play Obama in a movie, Freeman definitively says “Denzel,” as in actor Denzel Washington.

Also in attendance: USA Today‘s Susan Page, MSNBC’s David Shuster, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Rick Klein and David Chalian, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Paul Begala, Sam Feist and Peter Hamby, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Ken Vogel and Kiki Ryan, CongressDaily‘s Erin McPike, Time‘s Jay Newton Small, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, CBS’ Laura Strickler, Matthew Cooper, Karen Finney, Lee Brenner, Mark Adelman, Mark Paustenbach, Taylor Griffin and Michael Feldman, among others.

Warner Bros. and Mandela Day hosted the screening.

Early Sunday Show Listings

This Sunday after Thanksgiving…

David Gregory will moderate NBC’s “Meet the Press” with guests Pastor Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life” and foundation co-chairs Bill and Melinda Gates.

• On CBS, Harry Smith will substitute for Bob Schieffer. Guests on “Face the Nation” include Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), former House Republican Leader Dick Armey, former NY023 Republican congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava and Republican strategist Ed Gillespie.

• And George Stephanopoulos will be in the anchor chair on “This Week.” He’ll be joined by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The weekly roundtable will be made up of ABC’s George Will and Cokie Roberts, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, political strategist Matthew Dowd and former Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman and author Dan Senor.

John King will be joined on CNN’s “State of the Union” by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. Jack Reed (D- RI), Overstock.com Chairman & CEO Patrick Byrne, Rep. David Obey (D-WI) and CNN’s Donna Brazile and Ed Rollins. Howard Kurtz will have Bill Press, National Review‘s Jim Geraghty, FT‘s Chrystia Freeland and CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino on “Reliable Sources.”

• And more… “Political Capital with Al Hunt” on Bloomberg will have “Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America” author Kati Marton and Robert Merry, as well as Bloomberg’s Han Nichols, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne.

Chris Matthews will host Time‘s Joe Klein, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, WaPo‘s Anne Kornblut and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on his NBC Sunday show.

• “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal” will have WSJ‘s David Wessel, AP’s Charles Babington and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

We’ll update the Sunday show listings as we learn them.

Coverage Plans: President Obama’s Tuesday Address

We told you earlier that President Obama would address the nation from West Point next Tuesday at 8pmET on his Afghanistan plans. We’re beginning to hear how the networks and cable will cover the primetime address.

CBS: Katie Couric will anchor CBS’ live broadcast at 8pmET.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer, joined by CNN’s Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, John King, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria and senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, will anchor the cabler’s live coverage beginning at 8pmET. “360″ will air live at 10pmET and “Larry King Live” will air live at midnight.

We’ll continue to update.

Election Day Coverage Plans

MSNBC: White House correspondent and political director Chuck Todd will anchor the 11am and 2pm hours on MSNBC from Washington tomorrow. Ed Schultz will take over the 4pm hour. Following the regularly scheduled primetime lineup, live editions will air of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 10pm, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 11pm and “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at midnight.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer will anchor CNN’s live coverage of returns as the polls close. Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and Larry King will center their programs on the election, with input from Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley, John King and Jessica Yellin. There will be a special edition of “Larry King Live” at midnight with guests, including Mayor Cory Booker, David Gergen, BET host Jeff Johnson and Ben Stein. Other guest throughout the night include Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA), RNC chairman Michael Steele and former Gov. Jesse Ventura.

Will update as we learn more.

Late Reading List 10.22.09

What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday (besides “Goatee Gamble” and “Karaoke in the Capital”)…

TV | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

TV

Whoops! MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer called Jesse Jackson Al Sharpton on live TV yesterday. Video.

NEWS NOTES

WaPo‘s Reliable Source: Yul Kwon, winner of “Survivor: Cook Islands” in 2006, was appointed deputy chief of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz is following the “Foxified debate over whether the White House is being mean to a certain network.” And Tucker Carlson‘s take on The Daily Beast.

Meanwhile, in an interview with NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie yesterday President Obama said it wasn’t something he’s “losing sleep over.”

Regardless, Fox News’ ratings are unaffected.

Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson and Bret Baier mentioned on the air that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were at the White House this week for an off-the-record chat with President Obama. We now hear Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger and Gwen Ifill were also there. (h/t TVNewser)

AWARDS & EVENTS

PBS’ Gwen Ifill will receive an honorary degree and will give the commencement address to the 2010 graduating class of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

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