Previewing the Sunday Shows
Updated at 5:35 p.m.
With the caucuses on Tuesday, the Sunday shows have Iowa on their minds.
Three of the five major shows -- Meet The Press, Fox News Sunday and State of the Union -- will broadcast live from Des Moines on Sunday. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will appear on four of the shows to talk about the state's caucus process. He will be joined by the state's Republican Party chairman, Matt Strawn, on Meet the Press and by would-be kingmaker Rep. Steve King, R-Ia., on State of the Union.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has been rising in Iowa polls this week, will be on Meet the Press for the first time since June. Reps. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., both appear on This Week and Fox News Sunday, while Paul will make solo visits to State of the Union and Bloomberg's Political Capital.
Also this weekend, CNN will air two specials featuring live, unedited campaign stops and speeches by the candidates in Iowa. "The Contenders" series will be anchored by Candy Crowley and air live on Saturday and Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., respectively.
ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper will take over hosting duties at "This Week" in Washington on Sunday, before ABC's George Stephanopoulos takes the helm on January 9. Former host Christiane Amanpour signed off at the end of last week's show and has already begun reporting on international affairs for the network.
Check out the full listings after the jump.
Meet the Press hosts former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn and Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad.
Face the Nation hosts Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., former Sen. Jim Talent, and former Rep. J.C. Watts.
This Week hosts Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
Fox News Sunday hosts Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
State of the Union hosts Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, Rep. Steve King, R-Ia., and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
Other Weekend Shows
Political Capital features Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas (Bloomberg, Friday, 9 p.m.).
Washington Week features Washington Post's Karen Tumulty, New York Times' Jeff Zeleny, Roll Call's Christina Bellantoni and USA Today's Susan Davis (PBS, Friday, 8 p.m.).
Real Time had its season finale and will return next year (HBO, Friday, 10pm).
Situation Room will re-air interviews with all the 2012 candidates (CNN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Communicators features Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. (C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Chris Matthews Show features National Journal's Major Garrett, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell, Washington Post's David Ignatius and CNN's Gloria Borger (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).
Wall Street Journal Report features PIMCO founder Bill Gross and Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan (CNBC, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).
Newsmakers features Consumer Financial Protection Bureau assistant director Holly Petraeus (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).
Reliable Sources hosts New York Times' Michael Shear, Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson, The Hill's A.B. Stoddard, San Francisco Chronicle's Debra Saunders, AmericaBlog's John Aravosis, CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and CBS News' Sarah Boxer (CNN, Sunday, 10am).
Fareed Zakaria GPS features Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer, Random House Group editor Daniel Franklin, physicist Lisa Randall, author Daniel Kahneman and former State Department director of public planning Anne-Marie Slaughter (CNN, Sunday, 10 a.m.).
Q & A features "The Wikipedian.net" editor William Buetler (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8 p.m.).
Al Punto features Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., Univision's Fabian Nunez and Univision's Helen Aguirre (UNIVISION, Sunday, 10 a.m.).
Up features TBD (MSNBC, Saturday, 7 a.m.).
Up features TBD (MSNBC, Sunday, 8 a.m.).