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News Briefs: 67 Million People Watched Obama and Romney Call Each Other Names

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... Last night's verbal slap fight between presidential candidates rich guy Mitt Romney and hope monger Barack Obama was seen by 67 million people across all the networks that aired it, with ABC drawing the biggest audience at 11.25 million viewers. Fox News topped cable networks with 10.42 million viewers, despite drawing a propeller hat and goatee on Obama the entire time. The numbers were up 28 percent from the first 2008 debate between Obama and John McCain, but that one was on a Friday night and who cares about politics when you have TWO days to recover from a life-threatening hangover. [EW]

... Netflix's House of Cards, an original drama starring Kevin Spacey and produced by David Fincher, will begin and end on February 1. All 13 episodes of the political drama's first season will debut that day, as is Netflix's strategy. I'm definitely going to watch them backwards. [Hitfix]

... Private Practice's Kate Walsh is getting into the producing business, and has sold a comedy to NBC. The multi-camera project is loosely based on her life with her boyfriend (UGH you guys are not that interesting stop it, celebrities!) and follows a recently divorced father of two who falls in love with a free-spirited female cop and how is this loosely based on your life, Ms. Walsh? You celebrities make me sick. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Here's a tip for all you aspiring TV writers looking to sell something to NBC: Start your pitch with "MUSIC." The producers of Smash have sold a dramedy about a thirty-something songwriter who is famous for her love songs but—GET THIS—she's unlucky in love in her own life! It will feature the songs of Diane Warren, who has written a lot of songs that play in malls that your grandmother loves. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The men behind Homeland, Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, have sold a crime drama to CBS. Anatomy of Violence follows a female FBI agent who works with a mysterious psychiatrist. [EW]

... Will Ferrell and his buddy Adam McKay are developing a comedy at NBC called I Guess I Do. The show follows the green card marriage between a womanizing British celebrity trainer (?) and a young female psych student who married him with the intention of using him as the subject of her dissertation on the modern male. Just what we need, more roles perfect for Russell Brand. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Rutger Hauer is joining True Blood's sixth season as a regular. Hauer will play a mystery man who has connections to Sookie. [TV Line]

... Ageless hottie Vanessa Marcil will guest-star on CBS's Hawaii Five-0 in November. The General Hospital star will play a therapist who might be messing with McGarrett's mind. And my heart. [TV Line]


WOMENZ BE CRAZY NEWS

... Nicky Minaj threatened to shoot, and presumably kill, fellow new American Idol judge Mariah Carey. This show sounds pretty good! [TMZ]


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The debate was good TV. To see Obama being trounced (figuratively) with facts and figures for 90 minutes and not being able to respond with anything remotely coherent . But to see the msnbc panel melt down, during their broadcast, was just icing on the cake. Priceless.
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You crack me up, Tim. That's all.
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Remember when shows were based on BOOKS?
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*blink blink* What is "books"?
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News Briefs: 67 million people watch the biggest flip-flopper in political history tell the most lies in presidential debate history.
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And threaten to fire Big Bird.
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Goram! Hauer on True Blood as a regular. And here I was planning to not watch that show ever again..
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Fox News jokes are old.



Have you watched MSNBC lately?
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Bah, I meant media machine. Fail.
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They will only get old when Fox stops acting as the Republican political machine.
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Tim Suckett,

Stick to what you do best...it is NOT politics smothered with your personal agenda.
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WTF dude? It was a joke, an accurate one and not even an insulting one so why the hate?
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Somebody has no sense of humor.. or irony... FOX "news" is a Republican-run proganda outlet yet you accuse Tim of having an agenda (other than making us laugh). Tim's joke was more entertaining than the entire debate.
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There's some truth there, though. CBS, which owns tv.com, leans left as much Fox leans right, but since the audience of tv.com is across the spectrum (other than those from outside the US who are bored/amused by the whole issue), tv.com should strive to not only be neutral but appear neutral. And I'm not sure what "proganda" is, so I don't know if Fox should be ashamed or proud.
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Umm, so you don't believe any private owned company can be publicly political? It's the First Amendment, they have freedom of speech, just like Chick-fil-A, Faux News, or any company/business. They, and any company, have the right to lean any political direction they want, be it left, right, or "neutral". TV.com doesn't have to strive to do anything with or against politics. You shouldn't be worried about a TV website leaning a certain way in politics. You should be worried about the Citizens United Amendment, that allows corporations to give unlimited amount of campaign contributions to all running elected officials, without having to disclose whom it's from or how much was contributed.

Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument, usually deliberately spreading rumors and false information. And that's exactly what Faux News is and does. So you should know Faux News should be ashamed.
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Kevin Spacey = favorite actor, David Fincher = favorite director. I may need to get a netflix account for a month so I can watch this.
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And now I'm going to have to start watching Hawaii Five-0....
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NBC has issues. While I don't doubt that Ferrell and McKay's comedy will be funny. Why sell it to NBC, go with HBO where you can get away with stuff and have things that are actually funny and a little dirty.



And Vanessa Marcil, yay. Sucks that she will be a therapist though. I think she would be all right in the umpteen gun fights that they engage in on the Hawaiian streets where oddly no bystanders are hurt.
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That reminds me it's time to watch my Vegas DVDs.
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So then Rutger Hauer is Warlo. Okay.
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Yeah, his character's name is Macklyn I believe. But we all remember that text referring to the killer as M. Warlow. Macklyn Warlow I presume.
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