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Sarah Silverman hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this week: Talk about it here!

4 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Sunday Update: Click over to read Hillary Busis' full recap of Sarah Silverman's episode as SNL host. Original Post: The perfect way to wind down after Yom Kippur? By watching an episode of SNL that features two famous Members of the Tribe, of course. (And, you know, the other guys in Maroon 5.) Count on host Sarah Silverman to bring up her Jewish heritage early and often when she takes the stage for the first time as host tonight. You can also expect her to focus her monologue on two facts: One, that Silverman was a writer and featured »

- Hillary Busis

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Sarah Silverman Admits to Stabbing 'SNL' Star "Really Hard" in Head With Pencil

3 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Some people just can't be trusted with sharp objects.  Sarah Silverman, the guest on Thursday's Late Night, told Seth Meyers that she jabbed a pencil into Saturday Night Live star Al Franken's head during her mid-'90s stint as a featured castmember on the show. Watch more Sarah Silverman Pretends She's Tina Fey in 'SNL' Promos Silverman, who recently won an Emmy, explained what made her decide to attack her fellow castmember, along with revealing the first word Franken said to her after getting stabbed. The Masters of Sex actress returns to SNL this Saturday to host it for the first time.

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Sarah Silverman Recreates the Time She Stabbed Al Franken at ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Video)

3 October 2014 3:25 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sarah Silverman was a featured player and writer for “Saturday Night Live” for only one season in the early 1990s, but she was there long enough to violently assault a future senator of the United States. The comedienne, who hosts the NBC staple this weekend, recreated for Seth Meyers on “Late Night” how she came to stab a pencil into Al Franken‘s head. See video: ‘SNL’ Host Chris Pratt Is He-Man, Parodies ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Success in Marvel Trailer It was in the writers’ room, while they were working on the show. She recalled that it was winter because Franken “had a. »

- Jason Hughes

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Senators Debate FCC Net Neutrality Curbs: It is a ‘Nanny State Regulation’

17 September 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The FCC was inundated with comments on its proposal to set rules of the road for the Internet this week, and the Senate Judiciary Committee weighed in with a congressional hearing on Wednesday. Among the high-profile commentators on the issue were Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who labeled an attempt by the FCC to mandate an open Internet as a “nanny state regulation.” While Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken countered it is “all about preserving the Internet as it is.” Also read: FCC Deluged With More Than 1 Million Comments About Net Neutrality Hollywood writer Ruth Livier called it “a civil rights issue, »

- Ira Teinowitz

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Adrian Peterson Indefinitely Benched by Minnesota Vikings

17 September 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day and a half after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son and now could miss »

- Associated Press

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Adrian Peterson Indefinitely Benched by Minnesota Vikings

17 September 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day and a half after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son and now could miss »

- Associated Press

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Writers Guild, Musicians, Others Urge FCC to Reject Comcast/TWC Deal (Update)

25 August 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Update at 4:39 p.m on Aug. 25) Late Monday Comcast's competitor the Dish Network warned the deal would “significantly damage” the competitive environment and limit consumer access to online video. (Update at 1:25 p.m. on Aug. 25) Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, the Consumer Federation of America, Public Knowledge and a number of other consumer groups have urged the FCC to reject the merger and a Netflix spokeswoman told TheWrap the company will file its own comments late Monday night. (Previous Story) The Writers Guild America West and the Future of Music Coalition are adding themselves to the list of public interest groups urging the. »

- Ira Teinowitz

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Lawmakers Press At&T, DirecTV on Whether Merger Will Lead to Lower Prices

24 June 2014 4:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The CEOs of At&T and DirecTV were pressed on Capitol Hill on whether their proposed $49 billion merger, pitched as a way to achieve cost efficiencies, would lead to lower prices for consumers, but neither company committed to such a scenario.

Instead, At&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said that the rate of increase would be slowed, while DirecTV chairman and CEO Michael White said that consumers will see “better valued bundles” with the linkage of At&T’s broadband and voice services and DirecTV’s satellite video options.

The CEOs of both companies appeared before House and Senate Judiciary subcommittees on Tuesday in hearings on their $48.5 billion transaction, announced last month. The Justice Department and the FCC must sign off on the deal, but the subcommittees have oversight over the government regulators.

While At&T and DirecTV were met with friendlier questions from lawmakers than Comcast and Time Warner Cable »

- Ted Johnson

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Tech Trade Group Rips Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

9 June 2014 2:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A computer industry association formed by tech giants Microsoft, Google, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo and others is offering a major new challenge to Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. The group called the Computer & Communications Industry Association (Ccia) issued a loud new call Monday to regulators to reject the deal. In a letter to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., the Ccia warned that the merger “would exacerbate a number of competitive issues in a market that is already highly concentrated.” “Acute competitive problems already exist in the last-mile broadband access market and not only will this merger lead to even less competition, »

- Ira Teinowitz

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At&T-DirecTV Merger May Hinge on NFL Sunday Ticket Agreement

19 May 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Reuters) – If DirecTV is unable to strike a deal with the National Football League to renew the satellite TV operator's contract to offer the popular NFL Sunday Ticket football package, At&T Inc can pull out of the merger, according to a regulatory filing. In a filing related to the merger, the companies said, “the parties also have agreed that in the unlikely event that the Company's agreement for the ‘NFL Sunday Ticket’ service is not renewed on substantially the terms discussed between the parties, At&T may elect not to consummate the merger.” Also read: Sen. Al Franken ‘Skeptical’ of At&T-DirecTV Deal The. »

- Reuters

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Sen. Al Franken ‘Skeptical’ of At&T-DirecTV Deal

19 May 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sen. Al Franken, a reliable critic of media mergers, says he is “skeptical” of the proposed merger between At&T and DirecTV. The companies announced over the weekend that they have reached a $67 billion deal in which At&T will acquire DirecTV. The deal follows February's announcement that Comcast plans to acquire Time Warner Cable. Also read: Senator Al Franken to Netflix CEO: What's Your Take on the Comcast-Time Warner Deal? “I'm skeptical that this deal is in consumers’ best interest,” the Minnesota Democrat said in a statement. “We're witnessing a major transformation of the telecom industry — and it's going in exactly. »

- Tim Molloy

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Cable Show: Charter CEO Slides By Question About His Change On Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal

30 April 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Charter CEO Tom Rutledge seemed a bit like Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel talking about his amp going to 11 when CNBC’s Jon Fortt asked exactly the right question in a panel today at the National Cable Show: What changed to make him support Comcast’s $45B acquisition of Time Warner Cable, which Charter opposed last month saying would leave Comcast controlling “nearly 40 percent of the broadband market, around 33 million TV subscribers and a major programmer in NBCUniversal”? The real answer is that Charter was bought off this week when Comcast agreed to sell it many of the subs it had already promised to divest, making Charter the industry’s No. 2. Rutledge couldn’t say that, of course. Instead he avoided the core issue and said that “It’s a smaller deal from Comcast’s perspective and from an organization of the industry perspective it’s a much better outcome. »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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Senator Al Franken to Netflix CEO: What's Your Take on the Comcast-Time Warner Deal?

16 April 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal continues to draw fire from U.S. Senator Al Franken. In a letter Wednesday to Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings, the senator pressed Hastings to go on record about how the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal could hurt internet content providers.  If the merger goes through, Franken wrote that it “would give Comcast both the power and the incentive to act as a gatekeeper on the Internet, raising costs and limiting choices for consumers.” Also read: Consumer Group Slams Comcast, Time-Warner Deal at New Senate Hearing (Updated) Franken went on to say that »

- Ira Teinowitz

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Comcast, Tw Cable Execs Grilled By Skeptical Senators at Merger Hearing

9 April 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Senators grilled Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives on an array of competitive concerns over their proposed merger at a Capitol Hill hearing on Wednesday, but one of the most frequently asked questions was very simple: Will consumers see higher monthly bills?

“I will make one firm commitment that there is absolutely nothing in this transaction that will result in an increase in prices for Comcast customers,” David L. Cohen, executive vice president for Comcast.

The testiest exchange during the three-hour session — the first major public forum for pols to weigh in on the deal that would unite the nation’s two largest cable operators — came between Cohen and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who has been a vocal critic of the merger. Franken pressed Cohen on specifics about Comcast’s dealings with various competitors and the FCC in the three years since it was granted approval to take over NBCUniversal. »

- Ted Johnson

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Comcast-twc Deal Draws More Fire From Al Franken in Senate

26 March 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Comcast's bid for Time Warner Cable drew new fire in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, this time nearly drowning out an expected debate about the future of DirecTV and Dish Network. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which was supposed to examine whether to extend a law that allows the direct satellite services to operate, instead heard Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken step up his denunciation of Comcast's deal for Time Warner. “I believe that the cable industry could become even more powerful if Comcast is allowed to acquire Time Warner. I strongly oppose this acquisition,” said Franken. “One thing is clear. »

- Ira Teinowitz

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Al Franken Blasts Comcast, Time Warner Cable Merger Again

10 March 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) again took to the airwaves to criticize the proposed merger of Comcast with Time Warner Cable, telling “CBS This Morning” on Monday that the combination will see customers paying more.

“I think consumers will end up paying more, there will be less competition, there will be less innovation and, worse, even worse service,” he said.

Franken pointed out that he cannot block the merger, even though he has a high-profile platform as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, scheduled to hold a hearing on the transaction later this month.

But he suggested that there is “a little bit of a too-cozy relationship between Comcast and the regulators.” He opposed Comcast’s merger with NBCUniversal, but the deal was approved with conditions.

“I sent out an email to folks, to Americans getting their feelings about what kind of service they get from Comcast, and if they »

- Ted Johnson

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Al Franken Blasts Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger On ‘CBS This Morning’: Video

10 March 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The most camera-ready opponent of Comcast’s merger plans with Time Warner Cable  — who, ironically, owes his big break to Comcast-owned NBC — went on CBS This Morning to once again blast the proposed merger, saying “consumers will end up paying more, there will be less competition, there will be less innovation and, worse, even worse service.” Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) this morning told CBS This Morning he sent out an email to his constituents to get their “feelings about what kind of service they get from Comcast” and whether they think the proposed deal “will be good.” “I got 60,000 responses, and believe me, people don’t like their service from Comcast, and they don’t think this deal is going to help them,” said Franken — who, before entering politics in a big way was a writer and performer on the now Comcast-owned NBC’s Saturday Night Live from its launch »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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Can Comcast Be Trusted? Company Report Says It Exceeded Promises In NBCU Deal

3 March 2014 9:17 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

You can bet that government officials and opponents of Comcast’s $45.2B planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable will scrutinize its just-released third annual report describing how it has fulfilled the promises it made in 2011 to win FCC approval for the deal to buy NBCUniversal. Opponents already say the cable giant can’t be trusted. ”To the extent that Comcast has a history of breaching its legal obligations to consumers, such history should be taken into account when evaluating Comcast’s proposal for future market expansion,” Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said last week in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. But Comcast says the new 90-page report shows that it has “continued to meet and in many cases exceed our obligations.” For example, it says that its Internet Essentials program has provided home broadband service to more than 250,000 low income families, and has exceeded by 64 the requirement to provide »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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Sen. Al Franken Questions Whether Comcast Can Be Trusted With Time Warner Cable

27 February 2014 4:02 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sen. Al Franken is wondering: If Comcast failed to keep its promises in the NBCUniversal deal, why should it be trusted with Time Warner Cable? The Minnesota Democrat is questioning whether Comcast has adequately complied with Net Neutrality, local content and unbundled access to Internet services — promises it made as part of the NBC acquisition — and has raised concerns that the Time Warner deal could raise cable prices. “I am concerned that the proposed acquisition could result in higher prices, fewer choices, and even worse service for consumers,” Franken wrote in a letter sent Thursday to Federal Communications Commission Chairman. »

- Ira Teinowitz

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Clay Aiken's Emotional Campaign Ad For Congress

5 February 2014 6:36 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Musician and American Idol season two runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina, and he just released a very emotional campaign ad. While it may seem like an odd career move, there are many entertainers who have entered into politics after making a name for themselves in show business, the most notable being former President Ronald Reagan and Senator Al Franken. Clay, who is openly gay and also a Southern Baptist, will compete for the Democratic nomination for for the state's 2nd Congressional District. The seat is currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican. While Clay has a loyal fan following with his "Claymates," it isn't clear yet if he can turn that stardom into a political career. Watch Clay's emotional campaign spot above, and let us know: would you vote for Clay? »

- Maria Mercedes Lara

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