This weekend:

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., (search) traveled to see the rebuilding of Iraq. Now, he's here to give us an exclusive look. Is the new government working? How are Iraqis feeling about the change? We'll find out.

Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (search), chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Harvard University, gives us a first-hand look into his new book, "America Beyond the Color Line." What does he have to say about the future of the African-American community?

Plus, Column One on why the big halftime snafu should come as no surprise to American television viewers. And Caltoons are back!

About the Show:

If you prefer conversation to confrontation, something new and different to the same old same-old, After Hours with Cal Thomas is your kind of show.

Each week Cal will sit down with some of the most influential people in entertainment, government and politics — from both sides of the aisle.

A show as original as the host himself. Where ideas and interesting people meet and the unexpected is always welcome.

At the corner of news and opinion, you'll find After Hours with Cal Thomas.

Straight From the Source:

The Balance Sheet:  You are the most widely syndicated political columnist in the country. What makes you want to do a television show talking to newsmakers who are not necessarily politicians?

Cal:  My life is diverse. I originally wanted to be in show business and am a frequent patron of Broadway. There's a certain synergy between New York, Hollywood and Washington — politicians, actors, and actresses. I thought it would be fun to have both on every week — a politician and an actor, liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat. We're going to have conversation instead of confrontation. Not that confrontation's bad, but this is late-night from New York, off the clock, no coat and tie (for me anyway), laid-back conversation that people might expect to see in their homes.

The Balance Sheet:  This is a different approach from most of the shows on FNC — It's going to be a little softer?

Cal:  Yes, a little softer, but entertaining as well. I'll ask Vice President Cheney (our first guest) some obvious news-of-the-day questions, because those are important. But I am also going to ask him some other more personal questions. The same with some of the celebrities. We'll ask them show business questions, but we'll also ask them — many of whom will be political — for some political answers. I think it's going to be, as we say at FOX, fair and balanced.