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The Roundup: 'In Plain Sight' at Paley; NBC juggling both Mitt & Sarah Silverman issues?


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Mary McCormack as stars as Mary Shannon in USA's "In Plain Sight" which will be featured at the Paley Center tomorrow night. - Photo by: Robert Ascroft/USA Network

Mitt Romney is considering an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" as if the opportunity has been offered. I'm sure, if anybody cares to look, that in the recent past Romney has decried the humor on "SNL," so would this be another "pivot" by his campaign? Since when did we allow "flip flop" to be rebranded as "pivot"? Hey "SNL" writers, there's a sketch in that concept right there. While last week's "SNL" with Josh Brolin as host wasn't terrible, it didn't seem to have too many high points either, other than some well-deserved and accurate California-bashing. Unfortunately the show somehow didn't properly leverage the considerable talents of Brolin. Live TV isn't easy and "SNL" should always get the benefit of the doubt, so we're looking forward to some new episodes.

Also in NBC-related news is the molehill-to-mountain conversion of a Sarah Silverman tweet that conservative media is trumpeting as the latest salvo in the liberal "War On Women." The tweet, a joke about consuming (and eliminating) a burrito with a reference to Roe vs Wade, has not spurred NBC to can the new series that Silverman is developing for the network. Terminating Silverman's show would definitely be a sexist move, as the network has kept Alec Baldwin employed despite his disruption of a plane flight that could have resulted in Federal charges.


The Roundup: FEARnet premieres "Holliston," don't miss our DVR This!

Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" returns this Sunday

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Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" returns this Sunday.

Keith Olbermann has been fired again, this time from Current TV, where he never really seemed to settle in, so it should not have been a surprise to anybody. The question I have for you is, should I transcribe an interview I made with former Vice President Al Gore, show host Cenk Uyger, and former governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm? The interview will not shed any light on the Olbermann situation so I'm concerned that it will appear as a fluff piece on the network. Let me know here in the Comments.

TV highlights of the week include a new NBC's premiere of "Best Friends Forever," a new "SNL," and the season premieres of "Nurse Jackie," "The Big C," and "The Borgias." Lots of great late night guests this week even though "Chelsea Lately" is on hiatus. Look for details in DVR This! below.


The Roundup: Lohan Alternatives for "SNL"

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Lindsay Lohan will be hosting "SNL" this weekend but what woman might be more worthy and do a better job?


This week a lot of people are asking why Lindsay Lohan is hosting "Saturday Night Live" on March 3rd and to some degree the question is justifiable: Lohan hasn't done a film in years and has only had a handful of TV guest spots, she's been in and out of jail and treatment programs, and her post-surgery face and body, splayed out in a pitiful homage to Marilyn Monroe in Playboy a couple months ago, look nothing like the girl that hosted SNL six years ago. Lohan is not a star of TV, film, or music, she is a spectacle in the same way a car accident is. Is NBC trying to help her out of the very deep hole she has dug for herself or are they are interested in selling tickets to the masses to peer down into that hole? Since NBC is a business, the answer is clear.

Obviously Lohan has some kind of connection with "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels, and it's his perogative to put whom he wants on his show. Lohan has been fortunate enough to be part of some memorable moments as SNL host (the Debbie Downer bloopers for example) and "SNL" is desperate to keep such moments happening on a regular basis. Michaels should be commended for putting plenty of women on as host this season (take a hint CBS) but here is a trio that could be considered more worthy of the honor than Lohan:


Vin Scully on why he wants to work forever and touring Santa Monica and Venice Beach with comedian Bill Burr

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Comedian Bill Burr gives a tour of Santa Monica


'Tower Heist' not coming to a home theater near you; star Eddie Murphy coming to SNL?

HELP HAITI Benefiting The Ben Stiller Foundation And The J/P Haitian Relief Organization - Inside

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FILE: Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller attend the HELP HAITI benefiting The Ben Stiller Foundation and The J/P Haitian Relief Organization at the Urban Zen Center At Stephan Weiss Studio on February 11, 2011 in New York City.

Universal Pictures dropped plans Wednesday to offer the new Eddie Murphy/Ben Stiller movie "Tower Heist" for home viewing just three weeks after opening in theaters on Nov. 4. Several theater chains had threatened to not carry the film if Universal went ahead with their plans, expressing concern about the early release leading viewers to decide they should just wait and not go see the film in theaters.

Universal was looking to try out the idea of charging more ($60 in this case) for a chance to view a movie at home far earlier than normal. Get a few friends together and it could start looking like an attractive possibility, much like pay-per-view fight nights. The plan had only called for the film to get an early home release in two cities, but apparently even that was too much for theater owners. There have already been some similar experiments to this with smaller films, but "Tower Heist" would have been the biggest example to date.