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Previewing the Sunday Shows

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January 18, 2013

The Sunday shows will preview President Obama's second term this week on the eve of the inauguration. White House adviser David Plouffe will appear on Face the Nation, This Week, Fox News Sunday and State of the Union to discuss the challenges ahead in Obama's second term.

Meet the Press will host Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Michigan Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm will join the panel on This Week. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., former Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will appear on State of the Union.

Check out the full listings below:


Meet the Press hosts Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Face the Nation hosts White House adviser David Plouffe, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro

This Week hosts White House adviser David Plouffe, former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm

Fox News Sunday hosts White House adviser David Plouffe and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

State of the Union hosts White House adviser David Plouffe, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., and former Speaker Newt Gingrich

Capitol Gains hosts House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy

Other Weekend Shows

Political Capital features New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (Bloomberg, Friday, 9 p.m.).

Washington Week features be New York Times' Peter Baker, CBS' John Dickerson, Cook Political Report's Amy Walter and AP's Charles Babington (PBS, Friday, 8 p.m.).

Real Time features former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., former Rep. Steve LaTourette, D-Ohio, journalist Rula Jebreal, CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and actor Martin Short (HBO, Friday, 10 p.m.).

Situation Room will be live coverage in preparation for the inauguration (CNN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).

Communicators features Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai (C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).

Chris Matthews Show features Time's Joe Klein, Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson, BBC's Katty Kay and New York Times' David Leonhardt (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).

Newsmakers features Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).

Reliable Sources is preempted by inauguration programming (CNN, Sunday, 11 a.m.).

Fareed Zakaria GPS is preempted by inauguration programming (CNN, Sunday, 10 a.m.).

Q & A features former FDIC chairwoman Sheila Bair (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8 p.m.).

Al Punto features White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., National Council of La Raza's Clarissa Martinez and SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor (UNIVISION, Sunday, 10 a.m.).

Up features Rep. Marc Pocan, D-Wisc., Rick Nolan, D-Minn., Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., NAACP President Ben Jealous, Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., author Bill Fletcher Jr. and Bennet College President Emeritus Julianne Malveaux (MSNBC, Saturday, 8 a.m.)

Up features former Biden adviser Jared Berstein, DNC executive director Patrick Gaspard, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Priorities USA strategist Bill Burton (MSNBC, Sunday, 8 a.m.)

Melissa Harris-Perry features Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, Cook Political Report's Amy Walter, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock, Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif. (MSNBC, Saturday, 10 a.m.)

Melissa Harris-Perry features Washington Post's Ezra Klein, Washington Post's EJ Dionne, The Advocate's Matthew Breen, National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling,'s Joy Reid, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights CEO Wade Henderson, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President Barbara Arnwine, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., Yale University's Elizabeth Alexander, MSNBC's Chris Hayes and Medgar Evers widow Myrlie Evers-Williams (MSNBC, Sunday, 10 a.m.)

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