Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Obama vs. ABC's Pushing Daisies

Obama campaign to ABC: You snooze, you loose. By now you've heard that tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m., most major networks will be running the half-hour Obama campaign ad. The presidential candidate purchased the television time earlier this month, but ABC, which normally runs Pushing Daisies in the time slot, waited too late, reports The Washington Post, and so as they say on Project Runway, "They're out!" When the network finally offered Obama's campaign the 8:00 slot it requested, the campaign declined, saying the funds had been spent elsewhere.

In case you missed news about tomorrow night's Obama show, here are more details about the airtime purchase:
Obama campaign officials said the campaign had secured a 30-minute block of time at 8 p.m. on CBS and NBC. CBS already was juggling its lineup to accommodate the Democratic presidential candidate, moving back an episode of "The New Adventures of Old Christine." ...

... Short political spots have been the traditional way for politicians to communicate with voters. But a prime-time, sitcom-length commercial would provide Obama an opportunity to make a closing argument to the entire country.(Oct. 9, USA Today)
MSNBC will run the ad, taking ABC's place.

During his latest campaign speeches, Obama has made his "closing argument," according to his campaign, with the final call to change as the election draws to a close.
"We cannot let up for one day, one minute, or one second in this last week. Not now," he said.

The Democratic candidate, who has a sizeable lead in national polls, warned against acting as if the election is already over. (CNN)

And over at BlogHer, his wife, Michelle Obama, is making a similar call, "One Week to Change." Talk about your synchronized messaging! Perhaps that's what's in store for viewers tomorrow night because you'll notice that the USA Today artilce, written more than two weeks ago, mentions a "closing argument."

So, instead of Obama, ABC will be running its regularly scheduled episode of one of my favorite shows. "Pushing Daisies" is the wacky show about a pie maker who has the ability to raise the dead, and it features the exceptional voice talent of Jim Dale as narrator, the same guy who narrates the Harry Potter audio books. I guess I'm like Obama's daughter Malia and sort of happy that I can watch my preferred programming if I choose to do so. But unlike, Malia, I'll choose to watch her dad tomorrow night because I can record, but wish I could TiVo.

Obama may talk change and unity tomorrow night, but SNL had another suggestion and spoofed Michelle and Barack Obama and their 30 minutes of airtime on last week's Saturday Night Live episode. You can watch "Obama's Variety Show" at this link and learn about the real singers of "Solid as a Rock," Ashford & Simpson.

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