'Pushing Daisies' vs. 'Barack Obama'

Pushingdaisiesobama_lWe don’t know what the contents of Barack Obama’s half-hour prime-time special tomorrow night at 8 p.m. will be (though we can only hope it’s as entertaining as what SNL came up with, below). But we do know that it will air on almost all of the four major broadcast networks. (Even Malia Obama was worried that her dad’s cross-network airtime buy would preempt her favorite shows, according to mama Michelle, who says she reassured her daughter that her favorite Nickelodeon and Disney Channel programs were safe.) The only one of the four not airing the program will be ABC, which will have to make do with a new episode of its struggling second-year series Pushing Daisies. It’s not clear why the senator’s campaign didn’t buy airtime on ABC as well as NBC, CBS, and Fox; maybe they figured ABC was already airing a show about a young, inexperienced guy who’s accompanied by a blunt-speaking older fellow, whose mere touch frightens people, and whose cheery, twinkly, flower-power style many viewers find annoying and weirdly creepy. Or, for the sake of fairness, how about this: Maybe they wanted to give equal time to a show about a guy who wants to grow the pie bigger, whose female companions are a pretty young brunette he can never touch and a brittle blonde with a pasted-on smile, and who is constantly surrounded by death and corruption.

By the way, The CW will be airing America’s Next Top Model. Insert your own joke about a show featuring a contest whose fiercely ambitious aspirants must meet arbitrary media-imposed standards that no healthy and sane person could live up to.

More on Pushing Daisies:
TV Review: Pushing Daisies, season 2
Pushing Daisies: Meet the bizarro Emerson, Ned, and Chuck
Pushing Daisies casts David Arquette in recurring guest spot
TV ratings for Oct. 22: Pushing Daisies wilts 10 percent from last week

addCredit(“Pace: Ron Tom/ABC; Obama: Joe Raedle/Getty Images”)

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  • Cory

    I am neither an Obama-supporter or a McCain-supporter (I haven’t decide yet). However, I will be watching Pushing Daisies and DVRing ANTM. I have election-fatigue.

  • MC

    I agree, Pushing Daisies all the way. I have been burnt out on Barack for a year now. And I WILL be voting.

  • eliz.s.

    The story is ABC offered Obama another night b/c they didn’t want to disrupt the delicate Wednesday schedule. The campaign said no, so ABC missed the boat.
    I already voted, and will probably watch Pushing Daisies over Obama. I might DVR Obama to watch later, though.

  • Wings

    We will be watching “Pushing Daisies” as well, and DVRing Obama.
    Vote Obama!

  • Lois

    I’m DVRing Daisies, watching Obama. Though I’m oddly hoping they do take a cue from the SNL skit. Solid as Barack! VOTE!

  • AA

    Just wondering… will the Obama show have commercials?

  • Canuck

    Complain all you want about Obama’s flower-power (btw, don’t like EW providing political commentary, stick to TV pls)… but at least you aren’t being forced to watch a 30min special of McCain. That would be the equivalent to watching my grandmother on the toilet for a half-hour.

  • Rich

    Election fatigue might end up saving Pushing Daisies. The rest of the audience will be split between NBC, CBS and Fox (unless Fox shows the World Series instead), so most of the entertainment audience will end up on Pushing Daisies. It certainly can’t hurt, and at this point, may be the only thing to get people watching.

  • bostonbean

    I’ll be watching Obama and catching Pushing Daisies later on abc.com
    Whichever way you vote, Wednesday night is definitely history making and I wouldn’t miss catching it with the millions of Americans at the same time.

  • Katie

    I think everyone should watch Pushing Daisies and DVR Obama…Daisies needs more support than Obama right now!

  • bostonbean

    Oh and on a partisan note: VOTE PUSHING DAISIES!

  • lefty

    AA: The Obama Show IS a commercial. That’s what they call it when you BUY airtime. A COMMERCIAL.

  • ranger99

    If I wanted to watch an INFOMERCIAL I would tune into Ron Popeil!
    I’ve been O’Bama’d to death!

  • Fatima

    I Love Barack, but the two shows I actually watch at this time are the two that are still on. I’m all open to conservatives without cable discovering the joy of Pushing Daisies, because I’m panicking knowing it will soon be gone. I’d still rather have Obama win than Pushing Daisies be saved though:)

  • Kristen

    I support Obama, but PD needs the ratings, so I’ll be watching that.

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