Gears Turn, Lights Blink, and Mitt Romney Tells Us His Favorite TV Shows

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For their final pre-election issue, TV Guide asked President Obama about his favorite TV shows. You’ve probably read about this: he likes Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, and Modern Family. And SportsCenter. Lots and lots of SportsCenter. But what about Mitt Romney? Has even TV Guide succumbed to liberal Hollywood bias, refusing to give him equal time? Is Walter Annenberg rolling in his grave?

No. TV Guide asked Romney about his favorite shows, but apparently he spent too much time focus-grouping his answers to make their deadline. Wouldn’t want to accidentally offend any key voter demographics, after all! However, once the Romneytron 3000 finished its calculations, it turned out that he likes Modern Family, Justified, 30 Rock and NCIS. A perfect blend of critical favorites and middlebrow taste. I’d expect no less from him.

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