We 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