Tonight at 8, the Obama infomercial is airing on CBS, NBC, Fox, MSNBC, BET, Univision, and TV One, but not on ABC. At first ABC did not accept the Obamercial because the network didn't want to juggle its Wednesday schedule, which is built with hourlong blocks. And then ABC finally agreed to sell a half-hour, but the Obama campaign turned ABC down: "We had already committed our resources by the time they offered us the time," an Obama campaign spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.
I'm curious to see what kind of ratings the ABC offering, "Pushing Daisies," will come away with. "Pushing Daisies" has been drawing very low numbers this year -- around 6 million viewers a week. Will the ratings go up tonight, as those network-only-type viewers who are seeking counterprogramming land on ABC?
Frankly, I can't imagine too many people landing on "Pushing Daisies" and staying there. I truly admire the show, and I honor ABC for trying something different, and I deeply respect the set designers, who make it look so distinct and hallucinogenic. But I really donít want to sit through any more episodes! Maybe Iíd be more willing to watch the precious whimsy and forced enchantment if it only lasted a half hour. Maybe not. All the visual stylization and mannered acting prevents me from having an emotional connection with the characters. What can I say.
So what will you watch?
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