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Forget that dumb Korean missile—the most explosive device on TV last week was courtesy the celebrity industrial complex: the megahyped interview between superanchor/author/professional hipster Anderson Cooper and the “most famous mother in the world,” Angelina Jolie. Despite all the hullabaloo surrounding Cooper’s big “get,” though, it was newbie journo Michael Eisner who asked the week’s toughest question: “So,” he quizzed the force behind Pat Robertson’s Age-Defying Shake. “Can you bench-lift 2,000 pounds?”
Conversations With Michael Eisner
Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Hot stock tip of the day: Convert to Christianity! “I thought Jews couldn’t go to heaven,” CNBC talking head/former Disney chief Michael Eisner says to Pat Robertson. “God has a special role for the Jewish people,” the Christian strongman assures his Jewish host. And so does Robertson, apparently: “I’ve got the Star of David printed on my underwear,” he says.
Anderson Cooper 360
Tuesday at 10 p.m.
“When I first went to Somalia, in the early ’90s,” says media phenom Anderson Cooper to patient audience Angelina Jolie, “I remember being overwhelmed. And then I felt like I was going through phases the more war I would go to. You know, of anger. And then, you know, confusion. And then outrage and then resignation and then an open feeling that allows me to keep doing this.” But enough about me—what do you think of me?
Tuesday Night Book Club
Tuesday at 10 p.m.
Remember when a book club actually involved, well, a book? “I did not just invite you here for, like, a girls’ day,” says the leisure-lovin’ Jenn to her supposedly literary pals. But even She’s Come Undone can’t take Kirin’s mind off her female troubles: “It’s almost like your motorcycles are the other woman,” she complains to her rough-ridin’ husband.
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Thursday at 4 p.m.
Legends, balls: “I don’t know how they do that, but anyway,” says Oprah, pondering a transgendered guest’s acquisition of male genitalia. “They use what nature’s given you and then they nip and tuck, basically,” explains the transformed Juan (né Juanita). “Really?” marvels the Most Powerful Woman in America. “Well, they can do anything, can’t they?”
Master of Champions
Thursday at 8 p.m.
“Look at the power as Tanner starts off wide, then zooms in to make contact with the cheese!” enthuses host Chris Leary of “drift” driver Tanner Foust. But just in case you’re tempted to try, um, grating a wheel of cheese by skidding around it with a giant knife attached to the hood of your car, the concerned commentator has a word of caution: “I must warn the studio audience that this is very dangerous,” he says. —Mario Correa