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Elisabeth Hasselbeck vs. Michael Moore: Free publicity for 'Angels Among Us'?

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Putting Michael Moore and Elisabeth Hasselbeck in a room is like combining Mentos and Diet Coke. You know you’re going to see something explosive, yet you can’t help but be fascinated by the mess. So it was no surprise that on Wednesday’s episode of The View, Moore — on the show to promote his memoir, Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life — Moore and Hasselbeck got into a spirited debate about (what else?) politics. (Watch video embedded below.) Specifically, the politics surrounding Osama bin Laden’s death. In short, Moore believed we should not have killed bin Laden (“The way we show the world that we’re different is that we give even the most heinous person their day in court,” he said), while Hasselbeck doesn’t seem to quite trust our justice system. (“Why, because Casey Anthony’s trial went so well, we should put Osama bin Laden on the stand?”)

It was a debate that, as you can see by the very existence of this article, launched quite a few headlines. That’s a good deal for Hasselbeck, since her new CMT series, Angels Among Us, premiere tonight. Though her new show takes on quite a different format than the Hot Topics of The ViewAngels follows stories of real-life men and women who believe angels saved them from tragedy — free publicity is free publicity, right?

Though I often — scratch that, mostly — disagree with her views, I actually enjoy Hasselbeck’s presence on The View, and loved her on Survivor: The Australian Outback. So I admit I am interested in seeing how she comes off on a show that’s more sensitive than sensational. She has managed to seem sympathetic doing good work for breast cancer awareness, so perhaps a show like Angels is just the outlet for her: One in which she can embrace her spiritual side without pissing off half of the voting public. After all, in Angels, she won’t have to rely on her often-grating debate style — even in the Moore argument, the way she asked him “You’re pro-life?” after he shared his views on bin Laden would make anyone cringe.

So, PopWatchers, are you looking forward to Angels? Or will it get a season pass? And who won the great bin Laden debate? Vote in our polls below!

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EW Review: ‘Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life’