Pres­i­dent’s first joint Con­gres­sional talk tonight

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - MICHAEL STOREY The TV Col­umn ap­pears Sun­day, Tues­day and Thurs­day. Email: mstorey@arkansason­line.com

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is ad­dress­ing a joint ses­sion of Congress at 8 p.m. to­day and the usual out­lets will be on hand live un­til 9:30.

Pick your fa­vorite seat: PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Fox News, CNBC, CNN or CSPAN.

Don’t con­fuse this ad­dress with the for­mal State of the Union speech, which usu­ally comes about a year into a new pres­i­dent’s term. Tonight’s op­por­tu­nity comes about at the in­vi­ta­tion of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who sent a let­ter to Trump on Jan. 24.

In part, Ryan’s let­ter said, “With this new uni­fied Repub­li­can gov­ern­ment, we have a unique op­por­tu­nity to de­liver re­sults for the coun­try. This ad­dress will give the peo­ple and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives the chance to hear di­rectly from you about your agenda to tackle the crit­i­cal chal­lenges we face at home and abroad.”

It will be in­ter­est­ing to watch to see who ap­plauds and who doesn’t, who re­mains seated and who leaps to their feet ev­ery 30 sec­onds.

Col­bert live. In or­der to have timely and pithy po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary (and don’t ex­pect it to be flat­ter­ing) The Late Show With Stephen Col­bert will air live at 10:35 p.m. to­day on CBS. The show nor­mally tapes at 5:30 p.m. in New York. This will be Col­bert’s 15th live show.

Josh Earnest, for­mer Obama press sec­re­tary, and Lisa Kudrow ( Friends) will be guests.

Col­bert has been scor­ing in­creas­ing rat­ings points among night owls since the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion thanks to his po­lit­i­cal jokes and satire aimed at Trump, his Cabi­net and ad­vis­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Nielsen, The Late Show has been the most watched late-night talk show for the past three weeks, top­ping long­time leader The Tonight Show Star­ring Jimmy Fal­lon.

Po­lit­i­cal hu­mor is what the 52-year-old co­me­dian does best. He be­gan his ca­reer as a on newswith “cor­re­spon­dent”Com­e­dyJon se­ries Ste­wart The Cen­tral’sfrom Dai­lyand 1997 writer Show­faux to 2005, then hosted the chan­nel’s con­ser­va­tive par­ody The

Col­bert Report from 2005 to 2014.

Col­bert has been the host of The Late Show since Sept. 8, 2015, tak­ing over from the re­tired David Let­ter­man.

Reg­u­lar pro­gram­ming. The broad­castNBC, mostly CBS, new Fox) net­work­sreg­u­lar will pro­gram­mingbe (ABC, air­ing be­fore Trump’s speech and re­runs or lo­cal news (for Fox) at 9:30 p.m. NBC will present Night 2 of the blind au­di­tions of The Voice at 7 p.m. In case you missed the memo, the judges for Sea­son 12 are Adam Levine, Blake Shel­ton, Gwen Ste­fani (re­plac­ing Mi­ley Cyrus) and Ali­cia Keys. A re­run of The Wall fol­lows at 9:30.

ABC will air new episodes of Fresh Off the Boat and The Real O’Neals be­gin­ning at 7, with an Amer­i­can Housewife re­run at 9:30.

CBS will have an NCIS re­run at 7 and a Kevin Can Wait encore at 9:30.

Fox has fresh episodes of New Girl and The Mick to be­gin the evening and lo­cal news at 9:30 fol­low­ing the speech.

Fi­nally, it’s a new episode of The Flash at 7 p.m. on The CW, but a re­run of Riverdale at 8 p.m.

Hunted fi­nale. If you’ve been fol­low­ing the ad­dic­tive catand-mouse re­al­ity se­ries on CBS, it’s time to wrap things up.

The last episode, “The Fi­nal Es­cape,” airs at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day with the re­main­ing fugi­tive duos plan­ning their last shot at the $250,000 grand prize.

Hunted has fol­lowed along as nine teams of or­di­nary cit­i­zens go on the run as fugi­tives and try to stay one step ahead of 32 for­mer in­tel­li­gence agents, de­tec­tives, cy­ber an­a­lysts and other spe­cial­ists try­ing to track them down.

The teams that make it 28 days will win the big pay­off.

Each duo was per­mit­ted to ask any­one for help — friends, fam­ily, strangers — within the play­ing field of 100,000 square miles in the south­east United States. They also had ac­cess to a small amount of money at ATMs.

The hunters had ac­cess to the huntees’ lap­tops, closed cir­cuit TV and be­hav­ioral spe­cial­ists, who were often able to mag­i­cally pre­dict when and where the fugi­tives would pop up next. Ar­ro­gance, over confidence and care­less­ness often proved a team’s down­fall.

Ex­am­ple: To cel­e­brate mak­ing it to the two-week half­way point, one fool­ish team de­cided to treat them­selves to Taco Bell. They used an ATM, which re­vealed their lo­ca­tion to the hunters. Then they de­cided to eat their cel­e­bra­tory lunch in the lot near the ATM. The hunters tagged them in mid-bur­rito. Stupid.

I never missed an episode, although cre­ative edit­ing was al­ways sus­pected for dra­matic ef­fect.

With Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence stuck in the mid­dle, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump (left) shakes hands with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Jan. 26. Trump will speak to Congress at 8 p.m. to­day.

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