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Previewing the Sunday Shows

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February 1, 2013

This week's slate of Sunday shows will feature reaction to Defense Secretary-designate Chuck Hagel's marathon confirmation hearing, as well as some discussion previewing the Super Bowl.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be on Meet the Press and State of the Union to talk about defense policy and Hagel's hearing.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will outline the Democrats' legislative goals on This Week, while Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., will join the show's weekly panel discussion.

Fox New Sunday will host NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and Gabby Gifford's husband Mark Kelly for a discussion on gun violence in America.

Face the Nation will focus on the big game, interviewing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. At 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Scott Pelley will interview President Obama on CBS. Former Sen. George Allen will talk football on State of the Union. Capitol Gains will have former Rep. Steve Largent, a former NFL receiver, talking about the health risks for NFL players. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will also appear on the show to discuss the significance of the Super Bowl coming to New Orleans.

Check out the full listings below:


Meet the Press hosts Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey

Face the Nation airs from New Orleans for a Super Bowl special and hosts NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

This Week hosts Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa.

Fox News Sunday hosts NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and former Rep. Gabby Giffords husband Mark Kelly

State of the Union hosts Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and former Sen. George Allen

Capitol Gains hosts former Rep. Steve Largent, R-Okla., and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

Other Weekend Shows

Political Capital features White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer and NFL Films producer Greg Cosell (Bloomberg, Friday, 9 p.m.).

Washington Week features Wall Street Journal's David Wessel, Washington Post's Karen Tumulty, National Journal's Fawn Johnson and Los Angeles Times' Doyle McManus (PBS, Friday, 8 p.m.).

Real Time features filmmaker Alex Gibney, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, author Sam Harris, USA Today's Jackie Kucinich and actress Eva Longoria (HBO, Friday, 10 p.m.).

Situation Room will feature highlights from the week (CNN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).

Communicators features Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calf., former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Panasonic CEO Joe Taylor (C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).

Chris Matthews Show features Time's Michael Duffy, BBC's Katty Kay, Huffington Post's Howard Fineman and New York Times' Annie Lowrey (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).

Newsmakers features Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).

Reliable Sources features Washington Post's Dana Milbank, The Blaze's Amy Holmes, former CBS reporter Terrence Smith, Sirius XM's Pete Dominick and NBC's Bob Costas (CNN, Sunday, 11 a.m.).

Fareed Zakaria GPS features Bill Gates and Al Gore (CNN, Sunday, 10 a.m.).

Q & A features PBS' Mark Shields (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8 p.m.).

Al Punto features an interview with President Obama from earlier in the week, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., kidnapping victim Ezequiel Elzalde and health expert Dr. Elmer Huerta (UNIVISION, Sunday, 10 a.m.).

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