Presumed GOP presidential candidate Christie showed up on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform The Evolution of Dad Dancing. How did he stack up to the show’s Evolution Of Mom Dancing, as performed back in February of ’13 by First Lady Michelle Obama? Watch both here Christie first:
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network said today it will simulcast Maya Angelou’s private memorial service at Wake Forest University in North Carolina tomorrow at 10 AM ET/7 AM PT. The service will also be available to view on Oprah.com at www.Oprah.com/MayaAngelou. The university in Winston-Salem, where Angelou began teaching in 1982, also will live-stream the service. Michelle Obama will speak Saturday morning at the university’s Wait Chapel. President Obama’s sister Maya was named after Angelou, and Obama awarded Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Angelou died at her Winston-Salem home last week; she had been “frail” and suffering from heart problems, according to her agent.
First Lady Michelle Obama will play herself in a cameo appearance on ABC‘s country music drama Nashville on May 7, an episode titled “All Or Nothing With Me” that is set at the Fort Campbell Army base. This comes a couple months after she was set for a cameo on the season finale of Parks And Recreation onApril 24, that appearance to promote her “Let’s Move” program targeting child obesity.
Aside from numerous late-night appearances and docu-series, Obama has appeared in only a couple scripted series including Sesame Street in 2009 and in a cameo on Nickelodeon’s iCarly in 2012. Obama taped the iCarly appearance in June 2011 while in LA to promote a series of PSAs targeting her “Joining Forces” initiative, designed to raise awareness of military families; iCarly‘s lead character was the daughter of a U.S. service member stationed overseas. That plan was unveiled at the WGA Theatre during a panel sponsored by the Hollywood guilds (and moderated by JJ Abrams) designed to create a dialogue among film and TV folks about ways to share those families’ stories. The Nashville appearance would seem to jibe with that initiative: ABC says the episode’s storyline involves Reyna (Connie Britton) organizing of a charity concert on the Army base after finding out Luke (Will Chase) has been injured in Afghanistan, cutting short his tour. Read More »
NBC‘s Today show has tried to hang on to its Sochi ratings bump with a week-long Love Your Selfie campaign that this morning included a First Daughter to First Lady talk about childhood obesity. Its second week of Sochi broadcasts during Olympic competition, Today scored 5.844 million viewers, which was down 6% from the previous week’s 6.134 million viewers. Today logged 2.310 million news-demo viewers, slipping 8% from previous 2.506 million. Today outperformed ABC’s Good Morning America, which logged 5.590 million viewers overall last week, and 2.174 million in the demo. Today’s advantage over GMA in total viewers grew by 54% week-to-week, though its demo advantage slipped 16%. Watch Today‘s former First Daughter correspondent Jenna Bush Hager interview First Lady Michelle Obama:
The Peacock network’s tie-ins with the Obama administration continue. NBC said today that Michelle Obama will do a cameo on the season finale of Parks And Recreation. Her scene in the episode titled “Moving Up” celebrates healthier out-of-school programs as part of her “Let’s Move” initiative against childhood obesity. The First Lady’s appearance continues a recent trend of NBC team-ups with D.C. heavyweights. She helped goose the ratings for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week in a sleepover skit with the host and Will Ferrell. And earlier this week Vice President Joe Biden was the second guest on Seth Meyers’ first night hosting Late Night; the Veep followed Parks And Rec star Amy Poehler, whose character famously idolizes Biden. (He also did a cameo on the sitcom that aired shortly after the 2012 elections.) And on February 14, Community star Joel McHale was tapped as host of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May. Then there was pre-pinkeye Bob Costas’ pre-Olympics interview with President Obama on February 6. Michelle Obama’s Parks And Rec episode airs April 24.
As expected, the visit by First Lady Michelle Obama gave The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon a bump, with the broadcast drawing a 5.3 household rating in the metered markets, up a tenth from Wednesday. In comparison, both Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno saw their ratings steadily decline every night during their first week starting/returning to The Tonight Show in 2009/2010. What’s more, Fallon’s ratings have been steady after the second-night drop from the 7.1 for the premiere: 5.3, 5.2, 5.3. Interestingly, Fallon accomplished a similar feat during the premiere week of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, with his Thursday household rating (2.0) rising from Wednesday (1.8) to match the Tuesday performance. Tonight once again dwarfed the late-night broadcast competition, though ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live(2.0 in households) was up 25% from Wednesday with the “Wolf in Sochi” hoax, while CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman (2.0) was down 9%. In the markets with Local People Meters, Fallon averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49, up from both Wednesday (2.2) and Tuesday (2.3) to post the highest demo result since the premiere (3.4). The show’s highlight was a Saturday Night Live-style skit featuring Fallon, and guests Obama and Will Ferrell:
Monday, Feb. 17: Guest Will Smith and musical guest U2.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Guests Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig and musical guest Lady Gaga.
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Guest Bradley Cooper and musical guest Tim McGraw.
Thursday, Feb. 20: Guests First Lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell and musical guest Arcade Fire.
Friday, Feb. 21: Guest Justin Timberlake.
Fallon wound up his tenure as host of the network’s Late Night on a high note. The final episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon drew 6.6 million viewers, its largest audience ever. In an encouraging sign for Fallon‘s prospects at The Tonight Show, he delivered the largest viewership for the Late Night franchise since the final show of David Letterman on June 25, 1993 (7.5 million). Fallon outdrew every episode of his predecessor, Conan O’Brien. In adults 18-49, the final Late Night With Jimmy Fallon posted a 2.2 rating, the highest ever for a regularly scheduled episode and the second highest behind the special post-Super Bowl show in 2005 (2.5), which also held Late Night With Jimmy Fallon‘s previous viewership record with 6.1 million. … Read More »
Third try is a big-ticket charm for the First Family and the Democratic National Committee when it comes to getting some Hollywood cash. Paying between $1,000-$32,4000 a pop, about 200 donors came out this evening for Michelle Obama’s DNC fundraiser at the home of Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and his wife, actress Monica Horan. As President Obama took to the road today to drum up support for last night’s State of the Union speech, Mrs. Obama made her long-awaited trip out West to raise money for the Democrats’ midterm election war chest and to add another voice to that chorus. The First Lady, who earlier pre-recorded an appearance on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show set to air Thursday morning, spoke for about 20 minutes tonight, hitting many of the themes of her husband’s speech before Congress yesterday. In her speech tonight, the First Lady urged the crowd to “write a big fat check. Write the biggest check you can possibly write,” according to the White House pool report. ”I know some of you may be tired of always being asked for money, and I understand, because it’s not always easy to ask you for it. But we do this because writing the checks is the single most impactful thing you can do right now to affect the outcome of those midterms,” she told the Tinseltown audience. Among those in attendance were longtime Democrat supporter Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin, Tim Robbins, and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and his daughter, according to the pool report. The event is estimated to have raised more than $650,000 according to sources close to the DNC. The First Lady is the second major Democrat out in L.A. in a week after NY Gov. Andrew Coumo was in town last Thursday raising more than $600,000 for his re-election.
Michelle Obama will join Jimmy Fallon on February 20 during his premiere week as the new Tonight Show host. This isn’t Obama’s first visit with Fallon. She first appeared on Late Night in 2012 when she joined Fallon in a comedy sketch to mark the second anniversay of her Let’s Move initiative. She guested again in February 2013 to mark the initiative’s third anniversary. No stranger to the late night talk show circuit, Obama also has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Show With David Letterman.
Don’t try to get around town on January 29 — that’s the day first lady Michelle Obama has re-scheduled her scrubbed DNC fundraiser at the Hancock Park home of Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and his wife, actress Monica Horan. This clambake previously had been scheduled for mid-October at same place but got nixed because the government shutdown made it seem icky — FLOTUS glad-handing Hollywood types who’d forked over $1,250 to $32,400 for the privilege, while many government workers aren’t collecting their paychecks just did not pass the cringe test. Back in October, she’d also pulled the plug on a planned San Francisco fundraiser.
EXCLUSIVE: Just over 12 hours after tonight’s screening with President Obama of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom at the White House, Harvey Weinstein will be back at the Executive Mansion to talk film again. This time the Weinstein Company co-chairman will be with First Lady Michelle Obama at 10 AM PT for the Careers In Film symposium she is hosting Friday. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and One Chance director David Frankel will join Obama and Weinstein. Naomie Harris, who plays Winnie Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom, also will be participating. The filmmakers’ discussion will be moderated by Gayle King. Coogler also will be joining the Obamas, Harris, Weinstein and Mandela director Justin Chadwick and star Idris Elba at the screening tonight, I’ve learned. The Friday event is designed to teach high school students from Washington DC, NYC and Boston about the film industry. Read More »
It’s the DNC fundraiser that just isn’t happening. First President Obama cancelled his scheduled September 9 appearance at the home of Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman because of the possibility of military action in Syria. Now Michelle Obama will not be coming to the LA home of Everybody Love Raymond creator Philip Rosenthal on Friday as a substitute for her husband because of the ongoing government shutdown. One source cited the optics of the First Lady headlining the big-ticket event while many government workers aren’t collecting their paychecks as the primary reason for the cancellation. The First Lady is also pulling the plug on a planned San Francisco fundraiser set for October 13. Neither event has been re-scheduled. First announced on August 27, the President’s latest Hollywood visit was taken off the calendar September 5. It was announced on September 13, that the First Lady would come to the re-scheduled event. With tickets ranging from $1,250-$32,400, the October 11 fundraiser was supposed to be a one-hour event with a photo op for the lower ticket buyers and a smaller Q&A gathering for the top-tier donors, just like the President’s September event was supposed to be.
President Barack Obama won’t be coming to town after all for the DNC fundraiser that was originally scheduled for September 9 but First Lady Michelle Obama will. The event is now set for October 11 at the LA home of Everybody Love Raymond creator Philip Rosenthal, says an email the DNC sent out today. Announced on August 27, the September fundraiser was first set for the home of Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman. However, due to the possibility of military action against Syria and a now postponed vote in Congress, Obama’s trip was taken off the calendar on September 5. With tickets ranging from $1,250 to $32,400, the October 11 fundraiser will be a one-hour event with a photo opp for the lower ticket buyers and a smaller Q&A gathering for the top tier paying donors, just like the President’s event was supposed to be. Largely absent from midterm fundraisers this cycle, the First Lady is back on the trail and will be heading up to San Francisco for another event on October 13.
The First Lady isn’t losing sleep over criticism she’s received over her satellite appearance at the Oscars on Sunday. And she said she’s not surprised the stunt garnered quite a bit of attention, given today’s pervasive 24/7 social media culture. “We live in a time when there are bloggers and tweeters and 24-hour news and everyone has a voice in this town square, and it’s a big one,” Michelle Obama told Today contributor Kelly Wallace in an interview this morning. “That means at any point at a given time, somebody’s not going to like what you do. That’s just the nature of things.” She also told the Associated Press she doesn’t give a second thought to critical comments about things she does as first lady. “I just don’t think about that stuff”, adding that her Oscars appearance fit in with her larger goal of support for the arts.
UPDATED:The Golden Globes got Bill Clinton but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got First Lady Michelle Obama tonight at the Oscars – in part thanks to Harvey Weinstein. Before the ceremony, the White House was very “hush-hush” about the surprise appearance, according to pool reports Sunday. At tonight’s Oscars, Obama appeared via satellite to help Jack Nicholson introduce the Best Picture category and announce Argo as the winner. Afterward, the Obama staff put out a statement on how it came together: “The Academy Awards approached the First Lady about being a part of the ceremony. As a movie lover, she was honored to present the award and celebrate the artists who inspire us all — especially our young people — with their passion, skill and imagination.”
The idea of getting the First Lady on the show first came from Lily Weinstein, who mentioned it to her big Obama contributor dad Harvey, who suggested it to the Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Academy president Hawk Koch. The group flew to DC a week and a half ago to put the logistics together with the White House. The Oscar producers told Deadline’s Pete Hammond earlier this week that they “were being like the CIA” about a couple of surprises on the show, keeping things top secret. In towns like Hollywood and DC where people love to talk, they pulled it off. There was no indication on the show’s rundown and most of the people on the Oscars had no idea who the secret guest would be. “I knew we could do it and we did it,” Koch told Deadline tonight about keeping Obama’s name under wraps.
The First Lady was actually handed the envelope with the winner’s name in it by the head of PricewaterhouseCoopers at the White House, where she and President Obama hosted a dinner for the nation’s Governors tonight. Nicholson had a back-up envelope just in case. Check out the First Lady’s Oscar segment here:
First Lady Michelle Obama, a regular on the late-night talk show circuit, will guest on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday. This marks Obama’s first late-night appearance since her husband was sworn in for a second term and her first sit-down with Fallon. She previously did a comedy sketch with Fallon for his show a year ago to mark the second anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative. Her upcoming visit is for the initiative’s third anniversary. Last year, Michelle Obama payed visits to Jay Leno and David Letterman in August and Jimmy Kimmel in October.
They both campaigned with President Obama to help him secure a second term. Now both First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton have landed Grammy nominations. Both are up in the Best Spoken Word Album category for the audio version of their books American Grown (Obama) and Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy (Clinton). Clinton won the category in 2005 for his autobiography My Life, while Obama’s husband has topped it twice — for Dreams From My Father and The Audacity Of Hope. Obama and Clinton are facing two top TV personalities in the Best Spoken Word Album field — Ellen DeGeneres (Seriously… I’m Kidding) and Rachel Maddow (Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power). Television’s presence on the Grammy nominations list announced tonight extends to the Best Song Written For Visual Media category, which features the tune “Let Me Be Your Star” from the pilot for NBC’s Smash, along with four songs from movies, including the Oscar-winning “Man Or Muppet” From The Muppets. (Nashville producer T Bone Burnett, who is behind the music on the freshman ABC drama, scored 2 noms for songs from The Hunger Games). The score soundtrack field includes Oscar winner The Artist. Read More »
The First Lady’s debut appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Livelast night delivered the late-night show’s biggest Thursday audience since May 3, 2007. According to fast nationals, Michelle Obama’s visit pulled in 2.367 million viewers last night, 855,000 of them in the adults 18-49 demographic, Kimmel’s best result in the demo since June 21. Last night was also the ABC show’s tops among overall viewers since June 12. Both of those high-rated June shows came during the NBA Finals, which ABC aired. The May 3, 2007 show with Eva Longoria and Macy Gray drew 2.456 million viewers, with 1.228 million in the 18-49 demo.
The taped appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Livewas Michelle Obama‘s debut on the late night show. But it was not the first time the First Lady has shared a stage with Kimmel. The late night host was the host of this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Michelle Obama’s appearance and interview on the ABC show wil air later tonight. Read More »