Obama Takes Over TV

Planning to watch Knight Rider or Bones this week? Fuhgedaboutit!

Senator Barack Obama has bought 30 minutes of ad time--formally known as the Barack Obama Political Message--Wednesday night, starting at 8 pm on CBS, NBC, FOX and Univision.

So, what does this mean for you?

Gary Unmarried, which usually airs at 8:30 pm on CBS, will not air this week. Instead, The New Adventures of Old Christine will be bounced from its usual 8 pm time slot to the 8:30 pm one.

For NBC, both Knight Rider and Life will be without a home for the night. Following the Political Message, an extended version of Deal or No Deal--from 8:30 pm to 10 pm--will air in their place.

FOX is a whole different enchilada. The rest of Game 5 will start late (sorry, baseball fans!) at 8:35 pm (instead of 8:20 pm). For those of you infuriated about the delay, keep in mind that the NFL pushed a game up 90 minutes last month so that NBC could air John McCain's acceptance speech in full.

Univision will start its primetime lineup--beginning with Cuidado con el Angel--to 8:30 pm to accommodate Barack Obama's TV time.

Wondering where ABC falls into this mix? They'll be skipping the Political Message for regular airings of Pushing Daisies (8 pm) and Private Practice (9 pm). With the ratings of these shows needing some love, ABC might be better off airing these programs when they don't have the competition of, say, the most important presidential election of our lifetime?

As for all you kids out there, Michelle Obama went on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday night to remind you that your TV shows will not be messed with:

Will you watch the Barack Obama Political Message or will you tune into your regular programming? -- Jacki Garfinkel

Also: Voice Your Choice: Who should play the candidates in an election movie?

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