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The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time, Ranked

22 August 2017 1:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

On-screen presidents are an unusual collection because they don’t always reflect what we want from a leader. (Though these days, it seems that consensus is fracturing more than ever.)

Some are abrasive, some are diabolical. Others are worse at their job than you would expect. So when picking the “best” TV versions of U.S. presidents, it’s just as important to consider what these individuals brought to the position that previous inhabitants did not, for good or ill.

Despite the occasional missteps of these fictional Commanders-in-Chief, many of them do represent the theoretical ideals that a national leader should uphold: a clear grasp of the office’s privilege, an understanding of the ramifications of key policy decisions, and the power that words can have to send a message to the entire nation.

We kept this particular roundup to fictional Presidents of the United States. You could make a »

- Michael Schneider and Steve Greene

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The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time, Ranked

22 August 2017 1:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On-screen presidents are an unusual collection because they don’t always reflect what we want from a leader. (Though these days, it seems that consensus is fracturing more than ever.)

Some are abrasive, some are diabolical. Others are worse at their job than you would expect. So when picking the “best” TV versions of U.S. presidents, it’s just as important to consider what these individuals brought to the position that previous inhabitants did not, for good or ill.

Despite the occasional missteps of these fictional Commanders-in-Chief, many of them do represent the theoretical ideals that a national leader should uphold: a clear grasp of the office’s privilege, an understanding of the ramifications of key policy decisions, and the power that words can have to send a message to the entire nation.

We kept this particular roundup to fictional Presidents of the United States. You could make a »

- Michael Schneider and Steve Greene

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New York Comedy Festival Lineup Includes 2 Dope Queens, Conan + More

8 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The New York Comedy Festival has announced the first round of its lineup, featuring a number of big-name comedians and podcasts, including Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith, Nick Offerman, and Iliza Shlesinger. 2 Dope Queens, the podcast created by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, will headline the event with a live show at The Bell House. Produced by Carolines on Broadway and TBS, the six-day festival brings more than 200 comedians together for over 60 shows across New York City. Acts range from TruTV’s “The Impractical Jokers” to former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett performing his “Lovett or Leave It” podcast to Ron White at the Beacon Theater. The 14th annual event will also feature a comedy hub at the Public Hotel. Here, festival goers will be able to see curated programming and appearances such as a taping of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” As an extension of the TBS hub, Conan O’Brien »

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New York Comedy Festival 2017: Jessica Williams, Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith Join Lineup

7 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The New York Comedy Festival has set the initial batch of performers for its 14th annual edition, with Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s “2 Dope Queens,” Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith, Nick Offerman, Bill Maher and Vir Das among the names on the lineup.

The six-day festival, produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with TBS, will encompass some 200 comedians spread across more than 60 shows at venues across New York City. Among the 2017 offerings are a week of Conan O’Brien’s TBS series “Conan,” recorded at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, as well as an episode of “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” performed before an Nycf audience.

The festival will also include acts like TruTV’s “The Impractical Jokers” starring The Tenderloins at Madison Square Garden; Brian Regan at Carnegie Hall; Jon Lovett’s “Lovett or Leave It” podcast as well as Nick Offerman and Ron White at the Beacon Theater; and Jim Norton, Tom Segura »

- Dixie Limbachia

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"Resistance Media" Makes a Big Splash at Politicon

1 August 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The so-called "resistance media," an ascendant segment of the industry in Donald Trump's America, just had another coming-out moment. 

At the two-day Politicon conference last weekend in Pasadena, MSNBC personalities were treated like rock stars, discussions featuring the left-leaning The Young Turks network were standing-room-only, and the guys from the Crooked Media podcast Pod Save America nearly filled an auditorium.

On Saturday, three former Obama staffers behind the podcast and company — Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor — played to an extremely enthusiastic audience that hung on their every word and Trump administration criticism.

Cenk Uygur, »

- Jeremy Barr

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Obama Aides Say ‘Veep’ More Accurate Than ‘West Wing,’ ‘House of Cards’

14 April 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A group of Obama Administration veterans say HBO’s cynically comedic “Veep” comes closer to capturing life in the White House than high-minded shows like “The West Wing” or the very dark “House of Cards.” On an installment of their “Pod Save America” podcast this week, former Obama insiders Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor interviewed “Veep” commander-in-chief David Mandel, who took over the show from creator Armando Iannucci in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy’s fifth season. It returns for its sixth season Sunday. “The funny thing about ‘Veep’ is, we as people who worked in the White House always get asked, »

- Tim Molloy

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Obama Speechwriters Tear Into Fox News: ‘Garbage Organization That Protects Sexual Harassers’

4 April 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Obama Administration alums behind the “Pod Save America” podcast called Fox News a “garbage organization that protects sexual harassers” following a New York Times report that the network and Bill O’Reilly have paid $13 million to five women who accused the longtime host of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. In the latest edition of their podcast — one of the most popular on iTunes — former Obama speechwriters Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett took turns teeing off on Fox News. At one point Lovett called it “a disgusting organization with giant old-man heads attacking pretty young women and putting them on television if they’ll. »

- Tim Molloy

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Obama Speechwriter Calls Out CNN for Picking ‘Bulls–t Factory’ Panelists

26 March 2017 4:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

While Ted Koppel was making headlines Sunday for telling Sean Hannity to his face that he’s “bad for America,” CNN was getting a second round of criticism from podcaster and former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett, who called the network’s choice of conservative voices “terrible.” Lovett, who co-founded the progressive media company, Crooked Media, and started a podcast called “Pod Save America” in hopes of inspiring activism, was invited on Stelter’s show “Reliable Sources” to discuss the surge in political podcast popularity since Donald Trump was elected president. But the conversation quickly turned to cable news, and Lovett wasn’t afraid to air. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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CNN Hires “Silly, Craven” Conservatives, Podcaster Jon Lovett Says…On CNN

26 March 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Podcaster and former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett was having a perfectly pleasant conversation with CNN’s Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources this morning – even after saying cable news speaks in a “dead language” – until the subject turned to the network’s political panels. Without naming CNN’s resident Trump supporters Jeffrey Lord or Kayleigh McEnany – but, no worries, Stelter did – Lovett said CNN recruits “campaign rejects” and “silly, craven people” to represent… »

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