News Briefs: President Obama Likes Good TV


... You may disagree with the way he's running the country, you may question his ability to stand up to congress, but one thing is certain: President Barack Obama watches some decent television! The commander in chief says he watches Modern Family with his daughters, and after they go to bed, he catches up on Boardwalk Empire and Homeland, and of course, his original passion, basketball. It should also be noted that his favorite show of all time is The Wire. [People]


... Travel site has pulled its ads from TLC's All-American Muslim, just days after Lowe's got blasted for doing the same thing in response to pressure from a conservative Florida watchdog group that said the show did not portray Muslims in a correct light. Kayak says its decision wasn't because of pressure, but because the show "sucked." Yes, a marketing executive for the company publicly made a statement actually saying that the show sucked. Read it in the link. []


... CBS, Fox, and NBC have all extended their television deals with the National Football League for an additional nine years, meaning there will be football on those networks through 2022. ABC still has the Oscars. [Twitter]

... Leonardo DiCaprio's production company has sold a new project to HBO called Beat the Reaper. Based on the book of the same name, the thriller follows a young doctor whose past life working for a crime family surfaces to destroy his new life. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Jane Fonda has signed onto HBO's Newsroom, the drama from Aaron Sorkin that's set at a cable news channel. Fonda will play Leona Lansing, the CEO of the network's parent company and a media tycoon. That sounds like the female version of Fonda's real-life ex-husband, Ted Turner. Awesome. Newsroom continues to rise up the list of most anticipated shows of 2012. [TV Line]

... CMT has signed former Bachelorette Melissa Rycroft and actress Jennie Garth to reality shows, in case you are incredibly bored. [EW]

... Jamie-Lynn Siegler will guest-star on Last Man Standing, so that's where her career is right now. Look for her to appear on the show early next year. [TV Guide]


... Two of my favorite things have come together: Scotch and Christina Hendrick's ample bosom. The Mad Men star is now the chest face of Johnnie Walker. Hendrick's Gin really missed an opportunity here! The link features pictures of Christina and scotch, in case you are wondering what heaven looks like. [Daily Mail]

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