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Skipping election coverage? Find out what else is on TV tonight

Excited for New Girl tonight? Or Happy Endings? Or New Normal? Well, prepare to be disappointed – it’s wall-to-wall election coverage, of course, which means all the usual suspects won’t be on the major networks’ air.

While I could easily write a post about why you should watch the results pour in – pundits doing their pundit thing! CNN is lighting up the Empire State Building! (Really!), finding out the next president! — for those that would rather discover the big news via a quick tweet, I’ve got you covered. I scoured the television listings and if you’re as sick of Obama/Romney as this four-year-old, try one of these programs instead.

Sons of Anarchy and Covert Affairs will have new episodes tonight at 10 on FX and USA, respectively, and for the trashy reality fans, Lifetime will show Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition at 9 p.m. ET. For those that want to get their political history on, but in a less serious way, check out Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. on BBC America at 10 p.m. ET. The teams reportedly meet up in Abraham Lincoln’s hometown.

If you don’t mind the repeats, Bravo is running back-to-back Real Housewives episodes. It’s the Atlanta crew at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Beverly Hills at 9 p.m.. For more reruns, Full House is showing all night long on Nick and USA is rolling out  Law and Order: SVU double header before the new Covert Affairs.

Trying to forget Lindsay Lohan’s Romney endorsement? Georgia Rule is on E!.

So yes, avoiding OhioWatch 2012 will be difficult. In addition to all the main broadcast channels,  Comedy Central will air Daily Show/Colbert live at 11 p.m. ET, hopefully with news to announce.

Beyond that, a DVD of the first season of Homeland or Downton Abbey was made for nights like this.

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'The Guardian' presents the election, in awesome graphic novel form

Love politics, but hate having to wade through piles of boring text to get the information you crave? The Guardian has the solution: a virtual graphic novel that perfectly summarizes the 2012 presidential election.

This piece has everything — a timeline of events stretching back to the 2008 Republican primaries, cartoons that expertly convey Obama’s weariness, Romney’s determination, and Rick Santorum’s innate goofiness, and nifty little animations that are activated by a simple downward scroll. Perhaps the best part: “Texts from Hillary” makes an appearance. Really, just stop reading this and scroll through the whole thing.

Leave it to the American wing of a British company to come up with the coolest thing we’ve seen this election cycle. Is it too late to lobby for the U.S. to rejoin the U.K.?

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Vote! Google's new Doodle wants you to

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It’s voting — with a Google twist.

The latest homepage icon for the search giant got a red, white and blue twist today in honor of the election. The colored paper ballots spell out “Google” as they are fed through a vote counter.

The best part? When you click on any part of the icon, it takes you to the search results for “Where Do I Vote” and you can enter your address and find out exactly where your polling place is. Great news for procrastinators the morning of the election — or those of us who just need a quick reminder. It also gives you all the information about whether you’re eligible, voter laws in various states, and registration requirements. It’s so easy!

What are you possibly waiting for (those of you that are U.S. citizens and 18 and older)? Remember: If you don’t vote, you can’t tweet about voting.

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Celebrities rock the vote, urge you to do the same via Twitter

Merry Election Day! If your polling place is like mine, it took just eight minutes or so to participate in the democratic process this morning. If you live in Staten Island, New Jersey, Fairfax, Va., or any number of other places, voting might be a little more difficult. But no matter how long your wait or how bitter the cold, it’s important to cast a ballot — because if you don’t, you’ll be disappointing the dozens of celebrities who appeared in political PSAs this year. And do you really want to be responsible for making Selena Gomez and Jonah Hill cry?

Now that the day of reckoning has finally come, politically-minded celebs are out in full force urging normals to vote. They’re also putting their millions where their mouths are, voting themselves and then bragging about doing so on Twitter. (Unless, of course, they’re underage.) And then there are those who are treating the whole thing like a joke — just what we’d expect from Comedy Central’s best and brightest. Here are a few of our favorite Election Day tweets from boldfaced names:

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Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler endorse Obama -- VIDEO

Still trying to make up your mind between Obama and Romney? What are you waiting for, undecided voters?

Over the weekend, a couple more celebrities came out of the (Holly)woodwork to make their case to you on the eve of tomorrow’s election.

First up, Will Ferrell, who donned a Ron Burgundy-esque retro suit while he explained that he would do anything — draw you a tattoo, dance, eat garbage — if you vote for Obama.

What are you waiting for? It’s a slam dunk: READ FULL STORY

On 'Hannity,' Clint Eastwood proves once more that he's better with a script -- VIDEO

Whether you agree or disagree with what he’s saying, the way Clint Eastwood speaks in his Romney Super PAC ad is impressively straightforward and effective. But when the Oscar winner goes off book — as in his famous appearance at the Republican National Convention this summer — he doesn’t sound quite so concise.

Case in point: Eastwood’s rambling appearance on Hannity last night, in which the Republican celeb reiterated his support for Governor Romney and his disapproval of President Obama. While Sean Hannity had no trouble articulating his own views — “I tried to warn people about who I thought Barack Obama was” in 2007 and 2008, he said — Eastwood’s responses to the host’s questions were rather muddled. For example, here’s the multi-hyphenate’s response when asked why he thinks Obama’s supporters have an emotional attachment to the president: “Well, I just think it’s important — there is — the American people deserve — they deserve the best. And they –  ’cause they are the best. And I’ve been lucky in my career to have their support, and I know a lot of other people have too in other lines of work.”

Not all of Eastwood’s appearance was that bad; he sounded confident and intelligible when praising Romney and Paul Ryan’s bona fides. Still, the following clip is a little tough to watch for anyone who’d rather remember the star in his Dirty Harry glory days.

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Obama answers young voter questions for MTV, addresses same-sex marriage, climate change

Image Credit: MTV

With the election a mere 12 days away, President Barack Obama’s media blitz continued today when he answered young voter questions on MTV.

In the half-hour special, MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway sat down with with the President in the Oval Office (one of three interviews Obama is conducting at the White House today) to ask questions submitted via Facebook. READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama tells Jimmy Kimmel about her 'undercover' costume -- VIDEO

Jimmy Kimmel and Michelle Obama get along famously — even if the comedian does resent the First Lady’s attempts to replace all corn dogs with cauliflower. Both know what it’s like to try to wrangle uncooperative kids; Obama has even perfected the method of disciplining Sasha and Malia without moving her lips, so that cameras don’t notice it. Both also enjoy Halloween, though Kimmel is convinced that Obama must “force vegetables down [the] throats” of those who visit the White House during its annual spooktacular.

But these pals don’t agree about one important topic: whether the pros of being First Lady outweigh the cons. While Kimmel knows what it’s like to be famous, he’d hate to be that famous — not to mention constantly surrounded by Secret Service. Obama, though, is all in, despite the position’s drawbacks. “When Barack talked about entering the politics … I was very hesitant,” she told Kimmel on his show last night. “Your life is no longer your own. How do you raise your kids? But then I thought about the kind of person that I would want to lead the country, and I felt that to deny him that right would be selfish.”

Check out Michelle’s full appearance — which also includes a few hints about what she wears when she’s trying to go incognito — below.

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Lena Dunham: My first time was with Barack Obama -- VIDEO

Lena Dunham may or may not be the voice of her generation (or a voice of a generation), but she definitely knows how to spin some high-wire deadpan humor. In an ad paid for by President Obama’s re-election campaign, the star and creator of HBO’s Girls begins her pitch with this eyebrow-raising line: “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy.”

Hey-o!

The video quickly shifts into Dunham explaining her reasons for supporting Obama — health care, birth control, gay rights, women’s rights — and ends with a clear pitch to get the 18-to-29 set to the polls.

It’s a calculated risk: A wryly hip ad that will likely appeal to Dunham’s fans (whose enthusiasm for the democratic process may have waned since the gonzo excitement of the 2008 election), but could equally turn off older voters who like their celeb endorsements more straightforward — like, say, Clint Eastwood’s recent 30-second pitch for Mitt Romney.

Check it out below, and decide for yourself!  READ FULL STORY

President Obama visits Leno, jokes about Trump, gets serious about Richard Mourdock -- VIDEO

Image Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

President Barack Obama made his fifth appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. After a lighthearted chat about the MLB World Series and Air Force One, the conversation took a more serious turn over half-way in when discussing women’s health care rights.

Obama, who was fresh-faced despite traveling 5,300 miles in one day, addressed his underwhelming performance during the first presidential debate, crediting his low energy and poor presentation skills for the upset. He also made an effort to crack jokes throughout the night. When Jay compared the debate to his conversations with the First Lady, Obama pointed out a significant difference: “With Michelle, I just concede every point. That’s why we celebrated our 20th anniversary.” READ FULL STORY

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