By Erik Wasson - 02/04/12 02:40 PM EST
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich may be second in the race for the Republican nomination, but he will lead the field in talk show appearances this week.
Gingrich will headline two of the Sunday shows to outline how his campaign recovers from a drubbing in the Florida primary and an expected loss in Saturday night's Nevada caucuses.
Gingrich will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" and CBS's "Face the Nation."
"Fox News Sunday" has booked presidential candidate Rick Santorum. He will be followed by a Romney supporter, Gov. Bob McDonnell (Va.), and a Gingrich backer, former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Tenn.).
CNN's "State of the Union" will also feature McDonnell, who is the head of the Republican Governors Association as well as Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, the Democratic Governors Association chairman. CNN's show will be rounded out with a discussion on terrorist threats with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.).
"Meet the Press" will hold a discussion between Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels. Fiscal conservative Daniels has been talked about as a possible vice presidential candidate. Bloomberg made big news this week when he donated $250,000 to Planned Parenthood after the Susan G. Komen Foundation cut ties with the abortion provider. The Komen foundation restored ties after a public outcry.
"Face the Nation" will also feature former New York mayor and 2008 presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani.