No network makes counterprogramming plans
It would seem to be a golden opportunity to grab the attention of the turned-off-by-politics demo.But the surest sign that the biz is convinced the final act of Obama vs. McCain is going to be a mega live TV event is that none of the major entertainment outlets are putting anything of note against the deluge of news coverage of election returns on Nov. 4. HBO is taking the opportunity to give another spin to “Recount,” its Emmy-winning telepic about the 2000 presidential election, but after that it’s a seg of “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” and the chick flick “27 Dresses.” Showtime is sticking with its regular Tuesday encores of “Dexter” and “Californication.” TBS will offer a politically themed seg of its Frank Caliendo latenight sketch comedy “Frank TV,” dubbed “A Frank in the Hand Is Worth 2 in the Bush.” But in primetime it’s Tuesday biz as usual for the cabler with repeats of “Family Guy” and “The Office.” CW will be the only major broadcast outlet that will not be knee-deep in the electoral vote count when primetime begins. Weblet is banking on its regular sked, with fresh segs of “90210” and “Privileged,” though both episodes will be a few minutes shorter than usual to allow for affiliate cut-ins with national and local election results. TCM scoured its pic library for titles that include the word “decision,” even if they’re not politically themed. The movie channel’s lineup on Election Night consists of “Decision at Sundown,” “Command Decision,” “Decision Against Time” and “The Valley of Decision,” capped by a 3:15 a.m. run of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” AMC is rooting for the underdog on Election Night — Rocky Balboa. The cabler will serve up “Rocky,” followed by “Rocky II.”
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