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Jon Hamm's eyebrows even sexier, more expressive in the harsh light of morning television

Jon Hamm, TV’s Draper, appeared on this morning’s Today show to discuss The Town (out Friday; EW gives it an A-) and tickle us with an invisible feather about how of course he knows how the rest of Mad Men‘s season 4 will play out for drunkie Don, but we the loyal viewers will just have to wait. “I’m not going to spoil it for those who may want to watch,” he said as I thanked him with all of my heart for bestowing upon us such a benevolent favor.

Don’t worry, Hamm promises, The Town, Ben Affleck’s Boston-based film about cops and robbers, will be “lo-fi” with “no CGI.” Also, quick observation: “Star Market” is the perfect clichéd thing to say to let people know you’re attempting a Boston accent in a movie.

Five more cute Jon Hamm eyebrow shots — plus the actual video — after the break. These pics were made for tilin’, and that’s just what you’ll do. READ FULL STORY

Bill Cosby on 'Today:' #ImNotDead

bill-cosby-today-showBill Cosby was on the Today show this morning to talk about his web series “ObKb,” rock a classic seersucker look, and wax philosophical about the state of contemporary childhood. Also, stop saying on Twitter that he’s dead! He’s not dead, and it’s hurting his feelings.

Cosby’s segment was notable mostly for Meredith Veiera calling him old five times. Lay off, lady! He’s 73, not 103: READ FULL STORY

'The View' update: Whoopi says she used 'choice words' backstage but 'didn't hit' Michaele Salahi

Whoopi explains it all! On today’s The View, Whoopi Goldberg addressed The Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele Salahi’s reported accusation that Whoopi hit her during yesterday’s show. After Whoopi (who was backstage while Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd conducted the interview) approached Salahi, lightly touched her midsection and asked, “Would you get back to the White House please?” (funny because no one wants that to actually happen), she and Salahi got into it backstage. “Michaele was very upset about what happened on the air and said she thought I hit her, so I went up to her and I tolllllld her that she knew I didn’t hit her,” Whoopi said on today’s telecast. “And yeah, you know how I said it. Choice words.” [PAUSE FOR APPLAUSE.] “All right? And I made no apology for my choice words. But then her husband got his Blackberry in my face and started taking pictures of me. So then, there were even more choice words. I mean, they were so choice you coulda cut ‘em with a knife and eaten them.” Aw, missed opportunity; that would have been delicious. Also, Elisabeth is dressing like Barbara Walters now. Everyone wants to look like a Barb this week.

The Salahis’ attorney, Lisa Bloom, however, refuted Goldberg’s account of events in an interview with EW: READ FULL STORY

'Saved by the Bell': Oil spill episode airs tomorrow

It’s like a hidden gem on the DVR! As I sit here struggling to decide whether to record Erin Andrews’ first segment about stalking on Good Morning America or Saved by the Bell‘s “Pipe Dreams,” I just want to let everyone know. TBS: 8:30 a.m. ET. SBTB: Poignant as always. Truly ahead of its time.

For a refresher course on “Pipe Dreams,” breeze through Buzzfeed’s 12 Things I Learned From The ‘Saved By The Bell’ Oil Spill Episode and an amazing mashup between “Pipe Dreams” and There Will Be Blood called There Will Be Bell. All together now: “Stop the drilling! Stop the oil!” Becky the Duck!

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George W. Bush to sit down with Matt Lauer

george-w-bushImage Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty ImagesMatt Lauer has landed the first one-on-one TV interview with George W. Bush since he left the Oval Office. The interview will air Nov. 8 in primetime as a special “Matt Lauer Reports,” NBC announced today. Bush will also join Lauer live on Today Nov. 10. The appearances are to promote his book Decision Points, which hits shelves Nov. 9. Before you suggest Today scored the “get” because Bush’s daughter Jenna Bush Hager is a contributing correspondent for the show, remember that Today has been the No. 1 morning news program for 763 consecutive weeks.

I can only imagine how happy the staffs of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are to hear this news… But how amazing would it be if Bush sat down with either Jon Stewart or “Stephen Colbert” when he’s in town? That’s how you get press for a book launch (if you don’t want to sit between Kathie Lee and Hoda, which I would also pay to see). What’s your dream TV appearance for Bush?

President Obama on 'The View': Elisabeth Hasselbeck chooses 'aggressive terrier' over 'attack dog' mode

obama-on-the-viewImage Credit: Steve Fenn/ABCPresident Barack Obama visited The View today, and depending on your worldview, his pop-culture cred either took a major hit, or went up a few points after responding to a series of silly questions from Joy Behar. “I’ve got to admit that I don’t know who Snooki is,” the President said, laughing, after being asked if the Jersey Shore firebrand should run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Obama was also forced to admit he doesn’t have any Justin Bieber tunes on his iPod, just moments after saying if you could name a song, it was probably on one of his playlists. And later, when asked about his Twitter account, Obama conceded that “some 20-year-old is doing a lot of the tweeting.”

Still, the President’s freewheeling, hour-long appearance — the first-ever visit by a sitting U.S. president to a daytime talk show, Whoopi Goldberg proudly noted — wasn’t all air-kisses and softball questions. The View‘s own commander-in-chief Barbara Walters, pressing pause on her recovery from heart surgery to appear on this special episode, point-blank asked Obama why the U.S. doesn’t get out of Afghanistan, while panelist Sherri Shepherd, discussing the Shirley Sherrod imbroglio, wanted to know if Obama thinks America is “still racist.”

And then, of course, there was The View‘s conservative poster child Elisabeth Hasselbeck, whose first question to the President –  which followed Behar’s query about the right wing and Fox news “hijacking the [political] narrative” in the country — was surprisingly softball: READ FULL STORY

Barack Obama to appear on 'The View' Thursday

view-obama-hasselbeckImage Credit: Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/Getty Images; Jeffrey Neira.ABCPresident Obama will appear on ABC’s The View this Thursday, it was announced today. The AP says the show’s producers are touting this as “the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited a daytime talk show.”

What do you think the vibe will be like on such an historic occasion? Obama has been on The View before, when he was still a senator, so he knows what he’s getting into. Good luck catching him off-guard with one of your piercing insights, Hasselbeck.

Will you tune in on Thursday? What do you hope they’ll talk about?

Shirley Sherrod: A riled Matt Lauer is 'shocked' by the whole mess

This morning, Matt Lauer conducted an impassioned interview with Shirley Sherrod, the Georgia-based official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Obama appointee who was asked to resign after a story she told this March at an NAACP dinner about her initial hesitance to help a white farmer save his land more than 20 years ago was taken out of context by a conservative activist and the Fox News Channel to make her look racist.

“I don’t know who to blame here, Ms. Sherrod. I mean, the activist who put forward this garbage in the first place has an agenda, we shouldn’t be surprised by that. The cable news network that played this garbage on and on and talked about it has an agenda, we shouldn’t be surprised by that. I am shocked at the NAACP, I have to admit, that they did not investigate further before condemning you, and I’m shocked at the Obama Administration for not putting an investigation in place either.” READ FULL STORY

Daytime Emmys are tonight: Who are you rooting for?

daytime-emmy-awardsImage Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images; Raul F. Rubiera/WireImage.com; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosFor folks who hold fast to the belief that good TV does not begin and end during prime-time hours, tonight’s Daytime Emmy Awards — airing from 9-11 p.m. ET on CBS — are a major event on the pop-culture calendar. Fans of CBS’ canceled Guiding Light and soon-to-end As the World Turns will have rooting interests in the race for Best Actress in a Drama, where those shows’ respective stars, Crystal Chappell and Maura West (pictured, left and center), will face off against The Young and the Restless‘ Michelle Stafford, General Hospital‘s Sarah Brown, and All My Children‘s Bobbie Eakes.

Me? I’m rooting for The Martha Stewart Show in the Outstanding Lifestyle Program category, as well as Kelly Ripa (and her cohost Regis Philbin) for Outstanding Talk Show Host. What can I say, Martha’s cooking segments are as indispensable as her interviews are bizarre. And Kelly’s brand of perky/twisted enthusiasm is irresistible to me.

Check out the full list of Daytime Emmy nominees here, then tell us: Who are you rooting for tonight?

UPDATE: Daytime Emmys winners: ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ takes best drama

'Baby Gaga' mom on 'Early Show': What I'd give to be a layabout on that amazing crescent-moon sofa

On this morning’s Early Show, Heidi Ladrow, mother of the “Baby Gaga” in a recent viral video spoof of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” (which has since been made private on YouTube, but you can see clips over at CBS.com) sat down with the video’s director and a psychotherapist. That seemed like a good start! Logic and proportion fell sloppy dead from there. Here are a few choice quotes from the mother of a Baby in Chains, along with the half-baked retorts I would lay on her if I happened to be lounging in the far corner of that stylish sofa. I’m sure The Early Show would have loved to have me. Next time.

“[My daughter] has known [the director, Jake Wilson] since she was six months old, so she’s very comfortable with him.” Oh, cool. Did she tell you that? Do they have a lot in common? Maybe they could date. Well. Maybe she could turn into one of his favorite shopping partners! You’ve seen ‘Clueless’ right?

“The reason she looked uncomfortable is because she’d just woken up from a two-hour nap. She’s animated, you know? We wanted her to look kind of upset in certain points. I think she’s a very well-adjusted child. At 3, she’s very self-actualized.” Have you considered asking your toddler for advice on achieving a more efficient perception of reality? READ FULL STORY

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