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October 06, 2008

Michelle Obama meets 'The Daily Show'

Does this mean Cindy McCain will be stopping by "The Colbert Report?"

Not likely. She's probably still stinging from the sit-down with those broads at "The View" who tore into her and hubby/presidential candidate John McCain a few weeks back. Man, that was crazy. Real questions were asked -- and not answered. Who knew Whoopi and the crew had it in them?

Comedy Central says today that Michelle Obama will make her first appearance on Jon Stewart's Emmy-heavy late-night fake news program, "The Daily Show," on Wednesday.

Her husband, The Man Who Would Be President, has been on the show three times.

But, we all know how competitive the potential First Lady is -- she popped up on "The Colbert Report" during its heavily snack sponsored "Doritos' Spicy Sweet Pennsylvania Primary Coverage From Chili-Delphia -- The City of Brotherly Crunch!"

Elsewhere at the cable net, Tony Award-nominee David Alan Grier is about to get added to the mix with a race-centric pseudo-news show in which the day's events will be "not just filtered, but filtered with menthol," says Grier. "This is not your father's investigative news. It's your baby daddy's."

It'll be sandwiched between the Emmy- and Peabody-winning "South Park" and "The Daily Show" starting Oct. 15. See some clips here.

And watch Colbert flirt shamelessly with Michelle Obama here. Stewart has a tough act to follow.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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