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Honey Boo Boo Vs. Bill Clinton: Is the Future of the Nation at Stake? (ANALYSIS)

Gary Susman | September 5, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Forget Obama vs. Romney. The biggest showdown in America may be the one tonight between Bubba and Boo Boo — er, between former President Bill Clinton and seven-year-old reality TV star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson.

The ex-president is addressing the nation tonight during the Democratic National Convention, where he will no doubt… More »

Democratic National Convention: Will Betty White Pull a Clint Eastwood?

Gary Susman | September 4, 2012 - 6:11 pm

Hey, it worked on Saturday Night Live honcho Lorne Michaels. Maybe it’ll work on Barack Obama as well.

A 2010 petition drive of Betty White fans on Facebook persuaded the SNL guru to give the Golden Girl a hosting gig on the venerable comedy show. Now, a similar petition drive seeks to get… More »

Republican National Convention: Paul Ryan Comes Out Swinging

Gary Susman | August 30, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Wednesday night’s primetime Republican National Convention coverage played a lot like Tuesday’s. There was an optimistic, hopeful speech by one of the party’s most prominent women, followed by one of its most prominent men delivering a blistering attack on the opposition.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke of American exceptionalism, citing her… More »

Republican National Convention: Ann Romney and Chris Christie — Two Stars Are Born

Gary Susman | August 29, 2012 - 1:15 pm

On its first night of primetime broadcast coverage, the 2012 Republican National Convention created two new TV stars: First Lady-hopeful Ann Romney and potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie. Viewers may differ on whether or not they succeeded in their mission – to make nominee Mitt Romney look like a warm, trustworthy human being as… More »