TV tonight: Barbara Walters interviews the Obamas on 20/20

The most tweeted image in history.

Photo: Barack Obama/Twitter

WASHINGTON, December 14, 2012 –Barbara Walters has a knack for conducting insightful interviews, there’s no denying that. Tonight she puts that skill to work in an interview with the Obamas. From cell phones for their daughter to the ruthless Scrabble games they play, the Obamas reflect on their day to day lives as parents and life partners.

Walters shared this observation: when the Obamas are interviewed separately they are both very serious and stick to the issues. However, when interviewed together they are more relaxed and jovial, tending to pick on each other and verbally spar in the process. 

In addition, Walters touches on a variety of topical issues, including legalizing marijuana. The President states enforcing federal drug laws in states that have legalized marijuana is not a “high” priority, given the state of the country.

The Obamas also took the time to send a message of hope to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts who is currently undergoing treatment for MDS, a bone marrow disorder.

Regardless of how you personally feel about Obama’s performance as a president, it is obvious the Obamas are in this together. The most tweeted image in history was a shared embrace the President labeled “Four more years,” upon learning he had won the election. After the President tweeted the image, it was re-tweeted over half a million times. Tune in tonight and see why, after 20 years together, their marriage is as strong as ever. 

If you cannot make yourself watch the Barbara Walters interview, there’s a new episode of Portlandia at 10:30 p.m. on IFC. I just love this slightly twisted and always amusing sleeper comedy that pokes relentless but good-natured fun at the people and the attitudes of Portland, Oregon, one of America’s quirkiest cities. If you need a good laugh tonight, watch this show! 

(Editor’s Note: Much of this night’s network TV programming was pre-empted by coverage of the Connecticut school shooting tragedy. Updates and reschedulings of programming will appear in future postings. Our hearts go out to the innocent victims of this tragedy and to their families.)

Tonight’s viewing: 

All times are EST 

8 p.m. 

ABC: Last Man Standing: (New) Mike decides to give Vanessa a family-free holiday for Christmas; Ed accidentally shoots a bald eagle.

CBS: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: (Repeat) Rudolph saves Christmas for another year. 

FOX: Kitchen Nightmares: (New) Gordon revisits three of the worst restaurants ever featured on the show. 

NBC: Blake Shelton’s Not so Family Christmas: (Repeat) Blake’s joined by Reba, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Christina Aguilera, Jay Leno and more stars in a new musical variety special for the holidays.

CW: Prancer Returns: (Repeat) Jessica Riggs is an 8-year-old girl whose mother died of unknown causes and who is in the care of her rough, quiet, protective father John Riggs. During the Christmas season, Jessica finds a hurt reindeer that she believes to be Santa’s reindeer Prancer. As she nurses Prancer back to health, a deep bond grows between the two. 

8:30 p.m. 

ABC: Malibu Country: (New) Kim is chosen over Reba to sing a solo during the Christmas service; June opens up to Cash about her crisis of faith.

9 p.m. 

ABC: Shark Tank: (Repeat) A rent-a-live Christmas tree service; gluten-free fudge; cell phone accessory; indoor/outdoor play space; singer John Rich surprises an entrepreneur. 

CBS: Yes, Virginia: (Repeat) An 8-year-old girl (voice of Beatrice Miller) in 1897 New York tries to discover if Santa Claus actually exists and writes a letter to a newspaper editor (Alfred Molina) as a last resort to find the answer. Neil Patrick Harris and Jennifer Love Hewitt also lend their voices. 

FOX: Fringe: (New) Peter and Olivia trace a mysterious signal to the woods.

NBC: Take It All: (New) Join host Howie Mandel for the exciting new game show where contestants face the choice of a lifetime! 

9:30 p.m. 

CBS: The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story: (Repeat) A scout elf who helps Santa determine who is naughty or nice is assigned to help a boy who’s struggling to believe in the magic of Christmas. 

10 p.m.

ABC: 20/20: (New) Christmas at the White House. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters.

CBS: Blue Bloods: (Repeat) Henry suffers a heart attack the day before Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Danny investigates a young woman’s suicide that may have been forced; and Frank and the mayor clash over a threat to the city.

NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) How will you survive the holidays? Catch Kathie Lee Gifford, Andy Cohen, and Hoda Kotb as part of Dateline ‘Holiday Survival’ special. 

Basic cable: 

New episodes of: 

Gold Rush: The Dirt-Mining Studs at 8 p.m. on DSC 

The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 9 p.m. on BRAVO 

Gold Rush at 9 p.m. on DSC 

Ghost Adventures at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on BRAVO

Jungle Gold: Behind the Scenes at 10 p.m. on DSC

Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel 

Whisker Wars at 10 p.m. on IFC

The Dead Files at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel 

Brides of Beverly Hills at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC

Portlandia at 10:30 p.m. on IFC

For movie lovers:

7 p.m.

White Christmas on AMC

8 p.m.

Brokeback Mountain on FLIX

Surrogates on FMC

Contraband on HBO 

Final Destination 5 on HBO

Trouble in Paradise on TCM

The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring-Extended Edition on TNT

9 p.m.

Traffic at on SHO

Toy Story on ABCFAM

10 p.m.

Chronicle on CINEMAX 

The Hangover Part II on HBO


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