WASHINGTON, April 27, 2013 — Tonight is the night when President Obama can let loose those one-liners he delivers so well. True, they are written by a bunch of White House speechwriters, but they never fail to break up the guests at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
This year funnyman and Emmy Award winner Conan O’Brien will host the proceedings, which means that not only will the President of the United States be the target of O’Brien’s wacky but often elegant humor, but so will a roomful of reporters who cover the White House and their celebrity guests.
In the past only C-SPAN covered the dinner from first laugh to last guffaw, but this year, other cable news shows have joined the event, which has become a glitzy Who’s Who of D.C. meets Hollywood.
A Quick Look TV Schedule:
6:00 p.m. ET: E!’s Online live stream of the “Red Carpet” arrivals
6:15 p.m. — 11 p.m. ET: C-SPAN — Red carpet coverage and wall to wall coverage of the evening starting at 7 p.m.
6 – 7 p.m. ET: CNN — Red carpet coverage
9 — 11 p.m. ET: CNN — Live coverage of the dinner
9 — 11 p.m. ET: MSNBC — Special coverage with “best of highlights” in the first hour and coverage of the main speeches, starting at 10 p.m.
Fox News will be covering the dinner, but no specific times have been released.
Besides the journalists whose job it is to cover the White House and President Obama, a bevy of celebrities are coming as special guests either of networks or individual reporters.
Last year, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren brought Lindsay Lohan, which caused outrage among several media outlets and has caused veteran NBC anchor Tom Brokow to decline attending this year, saying, “Somewhere along the line, it began to freewheel out of control. … It became more of a tabloid kind of dinner. There was more dignity at my daughter’s junior prom than there is [in] what I’m seeing on CSPAN….for me, the breaking point was Lindsay Lohan. She became a big star at the White House Correspondents’ dinner…give me a break.”
No Lindsay Lohan sighting is expected this year, but so far the following celebs will be there all decked out in their celebrity finery:
Michael Douglas, Kevin Spacey, George Lucas, Nicole Kidman, Harvey Weinstein, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Scarlett Johansson, Claire Danes, Michael J. Fox, Shaquille O’Neal, Reese Witherspoon, John Legend, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kerry Washington, Paul Rudd, Kathleen Turner, Ashely Judd, Jon Bon Jovi, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Jeremy Runner, Fred Armisen, and the list goes on and on.Tune in to see them all. And, oh yes, to see First Lady Michelle Obama hand out the journalism awards to this year’s winners.
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