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I just got my weekly e-mail from Comedy Central telling me who this week's guests are. With the exception of the ever-adorable Dolly Party, it's a veritable suck-fest:

Monday, 10/17: Dolly Parton, country music artist

Tuesday, 10/18: Bill O'Reilly, host, "The O'Reilly Factor"

Wednesday, 10/19: Louis Freeh, former FBI director

Thursday, 10/20: The Rock, actor, "Doom"

I mean, come on. Not that everybody has to be a lefty like me, but can't the leaven the right-wingers with at least some decent entertainers? Can't they bring back George Clooney?

Oh, the sadness.

Originally posted to amyindallas on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:19 AM PDT.

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  •  Sucky? (none)
    Orielly and Stewart is always a great show.  They have a long running fued after O'reilly called the Stewart audience "stoned slackers".  Then a study came out showing that Stewart's audience is far more educated than O'reilly's.  Stewart has been rubbing it in his face ever since.  Sounds like an interesting lineup for the week to me.

    Don't forget Colbert report premiers tonight.

    In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move.

    by Closet VB Coder on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:27:56 AM PDT

    •  Canadians and Colbert (none)
      I think that Steven Colbert is insanely funny, but I'm worried that I will miss this show, being Canadian and all.

      Right now, The Daily Show is on at 11PM on the Comedy Channel, which usually airs Everybody Loves Raymond right after.  The Daily Show is also on one of our national networks, CTV, after the local news shortly after midnight (for you Kossacks living on the border w/o cable, if you get CTV, you get TDS).

      Do any Canadians know if CTV or The Comedy Channel are planning to air it up here?  Anyone know of a reliable place to d/l the show for those who can't see it?

      BTW - I am really looking forward to an O'Reilly smackdown - AND, I'm hoping that Stewart calls Freeh out on his bullshit - Clinton's past wasn't the problem, the Republicans looking for any way to smear Clinton was the problem.  I think Dolly's a pretty liberal country singer, so she should be interesting.  And he'll be talking about Rove/Libby/Miller/Cheney all week.  

      "Passing the gun from father to feckless son; We're climbing a landslide where only the good die young." Leaders of the Free World - Elbow

      by Dave Brown on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:43:45 AM PDT

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      •  I'm in northern MN (none)
        I get a few Canadian channels.  I love Royal Canadian Air Farce.  They should air that with the Daily Show.

        In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move.

        by Closet VB Coder on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 09:50:11 AM PDT

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  •  Can you smell what TDS is cooking? (none)
    The Rock was decent last time he was on, surprisingly.  He has a good sense of humor about himself.  Stewart is a Doom geek, that's why he's on again.

    O'Reilly could go either way, depending on what Stewart wants to do there.  Freeh sucks.  Fuck that guy.  I am already bored to tears with Dolly Parton before she's even been on.  I cannot imagine anything remotely interesting they could talk about.

    But the saving grace is The Colbert Report, debuting tonight.

    It's French, bitch.

    Currently pursuing a degree from Colombia's esteemed Hacienda de Jornalismo

    by RepublicanTaliban on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:28:18 AM PDT

    •  The Rock (none)
      I had the chance to shoot an interview with him several years ago, and he's a bright guy with a good sense of humor.  He didn't take himself seriously, and once the tape stopped rolling, stepped out of "character" immediately and became a genial guy who was very nice to us (the crew) and the "reporter" (there's a long story in this that I am not going to tell here - trust me, this gig was hilarious!)

      If you vote Republican, you vote for corruption.

      by MN camera on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 09:04:39 AM PDT

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      •  About The Rock (none)
        I don't have any personal experience with Dwayne (The Rock), but I was at Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine during his dad's tenure in the business. Rocky Johnson was a great guy.

        It's also very telling of Dwayne's outlook on life that he based a lot of the role of the gay man he played in Be Cool, the Get Shorty sequel on a good friend of his dad's, also a wrestler, who he described as an "strong gay man." Yes, I know who it is. No, I'm not gonna tell you.

        I found for the most part that the wrestlers I worked with in those years were very cool guys.

        I'm not gonna see Doom, but I'll see the next comedy Dwayne makes.

        It's the corruption, stupid!

        by Joe Bua on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 10:02:27 AM PDT

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  •  I like Dolly Parton (none)
    and she's usually a damned entertaining talk-show guest.  I don't care for The Rock's movies, but he's usually a good guest as well & brings in the ratings.  O'Reilly gets the audience fired up because they hope for a smackdown.  Freeh's the only one I consider weak, but he's shilling a book right now & is popping up everywhere these days.

    Personally, I think it looks like a pretty good week, and a great lead-in for The Colbert Report.

    Compromise is something you do behind the scenes. Stop doing it in public. -Atrios

    by latts on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:28:36 AM PDT

    •  Dolly has a new CD out (none)
      ...with protest songs although she says she doesn't have a political bone in her body.

      Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.

      by DianeA on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:30:58 AM PDT

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      •  Those Were the Days CD (none)

        1. Those Were The Days            
        2. Blowin' In The Wind            
        3. Where Have All The Flowers Gone            
        4. Twelfth Of Never            
        5. Where Do The Children Play            
        6. Me And Bobby McGee            
        7. Crimson And Clover            
        8. The Cruel War            
        9. Turn, Turn, Turn            
        10. If I Were A Carpenter            
        11. Both Sides Now            
        12. Imagine

        Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.

        by DianeA on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:33:05 AM PDT

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  •  R U kidding me? Tuesday will be GREAT! (none)
    Gee, I have to get over my Paris time jet lag and stay up late on Tuesday.  
    And Louis Freeh.  I saw him on MTP yesterday.  He must be desperate or somethiong to be peddling that baloney.  
    Dolly Parton is always a wonderful interview.  I can see Jon and Dolly hitting it off.  
    Don't know nuthin' about The Rock.  Does he have nice buns?  

    "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

    by goldberry on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:29:51 AM PDT

    •  yeah, he'll be sitting on them nice buns :) (none)
      I like The Rock!

      ...Tengo una remera del Che y no sé por qué...

      by PhillyGal on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:34:53 AM PDT

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      •  Geek alert (none)
        I loved him in The Mummy.
        •  Unfortunately (none)
          Word on the street is that "Doom" is just another awful adaptation of a video game.  Pity, cause the original Doom gave me the willies playing it late at night.. in the dark...  (hey by the standards back then the graphics were freakin' awesome!).
          •  damnit damnit damnit! (none)
            I was kinda hoping this would be a good flick...though deep inside I knew what would happen.  
            I have played Tomb Raider and seen the moviel - they both sucked IMO.  
            I saw and played Super Mario Bros - game good ... the movie had John Liguizamo as Luigi, c'mon it couldn't have been that good.  
            I loved playing Doom and Doom 2 late nights when I was young, connecting up to a server across town to play 4 player deathmatch on levels where you couldn't have rooms/hallways on top of each other - and now I allegedly have another crappy movie to watch.

            "Maybe you know something I don't know." -- G Dub

            by don the tin foil on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 10:27:30 AM PDT

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            •  Video games and movies don't mix that well (none)
              And it works both ways.  Games made from movies usually suck, (a few exceptions, 007 and Star Wars Battlefront and KOTOR come to mind).  And movies made from games usually suck.  (Resident Evil and the one you mentioned come to mind)

              I think it mostly comes from geeks with high expectations.  They usually cut out the parts that make them cult classics to market to a larger crowd.  The larger crowd wasn't impressed from the start, and the geeks are angry the detail isn't there.

              Doom, I can't even imagine being a good movie.  I guess the graphics in the original game are about as detailed as I want to see the hack and slash bloodfest that was the original game.  I just can't see an hour and a half of bloody chainsaw demon action being that appealing to watch.  I wanted to shower after playing the game.  I can't imagine it in fully rendered cgi.

              In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move.

              by Closet VB Coder on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 11:04:12 AM PDT

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  •  That lineup is not so bad. (none)
    And thanks for jogging my memory.

    The Colbert Report begins tonight. Doesn't it come on following TDS?

  •  Colbert (none)
    Will he be continuing on TDS as well? I still miss Carrell and Walls. My favorite portion of TDS is the first ten minutes or so - regardless of guest.
    •  Sure hope so (none)
      I think Cordry can cover for him.  Except for This Week In God.  He's gotta stop in to do those.

      In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move.

      by Closet VB Coder on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:41:16 AM PDT

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      •  TWIG (none)
        According to Comedy Central, Cordry is taking over This Week in God
        •  noooo (none)
          I just don't think Cordry can deliver in this segment as well as Colbert.  It's by far one of my favorite recurring reports.
          •  I'd rather see Ed Helms do it. (none)
            I like Corddry, too, but he's more the insecure, combative guy, while Helms does the completely obtuse thing better.

            Compromise is something you do behind the scenes. Stop doing it in public. -Atrios

            by latts on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 09:27:58 AM PDT

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        •  Bummer (none)
          But I must say I do love Cordry's delivery.  He's gotten nothing but better over time.  But I guess it's worth it to see Colbert do a half hour parody of O'Reilly.

          In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move.

          by Closet VB Coder on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 09:53:39 AM PDT

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      •  HATE that segment! (none)
        And it's not that my religious sensibilities are offended, if I indeed have any, it's just not that funny, IMO. Cordry is not my favorite at any rate. And what's up with Mo Rocca? When I occassionally catch him here and there, he's not nearly as amusing as he was on TDS. BTW, my sister has seen JS live and thinks he's brilliant in concert (and hot too :))
  •  I'm still not convinced (none)
    I can't stand O'Reilly, and Freeh is dull as dirt. Don't like the Rock. So that leaves Dolly.

    The saving grace, as you all noted, is The Colbert Report. I'll get out my Depends.

  •  Freeh- (none)
    He was on MTP pimping his memoirs and shitting on Bill Clinton, saying Clinton did not push Saudis for interviews with Khobar Towers bombers; that Clinton put in a mild request with Saudi FM, now King, then started sucking up to him for requests for $$ for his Presidential Library. Says he has eyewitnesses whom he will not ID.

    Clinton denies all, claims to have witnesses that say he did push hard for access to terrorists before they lopped their heads off.

    Freeh & Clinton have other issues, and Stewart will no doubt bring these up.

    Looks interesting to me.

    "Go in peace, errant sisters." -Horace Greeley, April, 1861

    by faithnomore on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:41:22 AM PDT

    •  Other issues.... (none)
      Freeh couldn't get a piece.....that is why he is pissed.

      Blue is the most popular color

      by jalapeno on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:45:00 AM PDT

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    •  I found Freeh's comments on NPR (4.00)
      Far more enlightening than he realized.  And far more damning as well.  Assume he and Clinton are both telling the truth abut the following sequence of events:

      1. Freeh Says he tried to interview the Khobar towers bomber.  Saudi Official tell him that short of a presidential request, that ain't gonna happen

      2. Freeh Says he asked Clinton to do just that.

      3. Clinton's People tell Freeh they are trying but getting nowhere with the Saudis

      4. Saudis tell Freeh, still no dice, and "they haven't received any requests"

      5. at the suggestion of a Saudi official Freeh writes to George Bush 41 (a stunning violation the Chain of command, American political tradition, and his loyalty to the administration that he was serving) and asks him to intervene

      6. within 48 hours Freeh has everything he wants from the Saudis.

      Now Freeh concludes from this that Clinton's people were lying to him and deliberately dragging their feet, for political reasons.   After all one word from a former president and he got an all-access backstage pass.

      But he's either being disingenuous, stupid, or at least terribly naive to fail to factor in the relationship factor.   The Bushes and the Sauds have had a nigh-incestuous relationship for 30-odd years.  Suppose Clinton's people are telling the gospel truth.  If find it more than possible that while the Sauds were willing to tell Clinton to pound sand, they were more than happy to do a favor for an old friend.   it raises the question though, why GHWB would be willing to send the letter and what he might have promised them therein

      Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

      by Magorn on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 09:01:30 AM PDT

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  •  hey (none)
    i'm just glad that new episodes will even BE on this week.  yeah, i know last week was a holiday, but still...i need my Daily Show fix.  :)
  •  Not so bad...first 3 look good... (none)
    I like dolly -- she'd be funny on the show..

    Stewart's gotten tougher on olf Falafel lately--so should be fun to see him get made fun of--he's too arrogant to realized it's happening...he thinks he's just lookin' cool.

    and on Freeh...well he needs a good public flogging by Stewart for his stupid ass neocon promoting book.  

    the last one.."doom" who the heck is that? I dunn know about that one...

    Don't fear my friend..will be a good week on the daily show.

    "So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause..."

    by CrazyDem on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 08:50:02 AM PDT

  •  Oh come now! (none)
    Bill O'Lielly gettin' grilled by Stewart?

    That's some damn fine tastin' TeeVee right dere!

    You want to downsize the government?
    Fuck you. My government defends the American people.

    by deafmetal on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 09:05:09 AM PDT

  •  Bill O'Reilly, bad interview? Au contraire... (none)
    I salivating over O'Reilly agreeing to appear on The Daily Show.  His goose will be cooked.  He'll be fried, frittered and fricasseed.

    Jon Steward will skewer him!

    Maybe Bill has lost interest in falafel and now prefers to be shish-kebab?

    In any case, I'm truly looking forward to that interview.  It will be delicious!

    The most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that." -G. Keillor

    by Eddie Haskell on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 10:13:01 AM PDT

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