Previewing the Sunday Shows
Just three days before President Obama and Mitt Romney meet face-to-face, Paul Ryan will sit down with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday to discuss debate expectations and whether the Republican ticket can recover from poor polling numbers in battleground states with just five weeks left before the election.
Ryan aside, this weekend is all about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will be on three of the Sunday shows -- Meet the Press, Face the Nation and This Week -- ahead of the first presidential debate. Christie will face off with Obama senior adviser David Plouffe on This Week.
Joining Christie on Face the Nation are former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., both surrogates for the Romney campaign, for what appears to be the Republican power hour of the weekend. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean will also appear on This Week. Both will appear on the panel.
Continuing with the debate theme, Democratic Governors Association chairman Martin O'Malley and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will both try to manage expectations for their candidates in an appearance on State of the Union.
In other weekend TV news, Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., will be on Bloomberg's Political Capital on Friday evening talking about the candidate that defeated him in the Republican primary, Richard Mourdock, and his race against Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., for Lugar's seat. Romney's adviser Adolfo Franco will stop by Univision's Al Punto on Sunday, as the campaign continues its efforts to reach out to Hispanic voters. And Iranian pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, as the relationship between his country and the U.S. becomes a focal point of the presidential race.
Check out the full listings after the jump.
Meet the Press hosts New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Face the Nation hosts New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
This Week hosts New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean will be on the panel.
Fox News Sunday hosts Paul Ryan.
State of the Union hosts Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Democratic Governors Association chairman Martin O'Malley.
Capitol Gains hosts former CIA Director General Michael Hayden and Aerospace Industries Association CEO Marion Blakley.
Other Weekend Shows
Political Capital features Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind. (Bloomberg, Friday, 9 p.m.).
Washington Week features AP's Charles Babington, Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson, National Journal's Jim Tankersley and New York Times' Jeff Zeleny (PBS, Friday, 8 p.m.).
Real Time is a re-run this week (HBO, Friday, 10 p.m.).
Situation Room features National Journal's Ron Brownstein and New York Times' Michael Gordon (CNN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Communicators features Comcast vice president David Cohen (C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
Chris Matthews Show features New York Magazine's John Heilemann, Huffington Post's Howard Fineman, NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell and Bloomberg's Trish Regan (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).
Newsmakers features Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).
Reliable Sources features GQ's Ana Marie Cox, National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru, Reuters' Chrystia Freeland, actor Darrell Hammond and CBS' Gregg Doyel (CNN, Sunday, 11 a.m.).
Fareed Zakaria GPS Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bain Capital's Stephen Pagliuca (CNN, Sunday, 10 a.m.).
Q & A features Fortune editors Allan Sloan and Geoff Colvin (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8 p.m.).
Al Punto features Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina, Columbian president Juan Manuel Santos, Romney adviser Adolfo Franco, Obama adviser Freddy Balsera and Olympic medalist Leo Manzano (UNIVISION, Sunday, 10 a.m.).