AC360 Associate Producer
Finally. It’s about time. No, Anderson has not agreed to have my parakeet on the program to do its Larry King impression: “Wichita, you’re on with Suzanne Somers. Go ahead.” I’m referring to the point in the presidential campaign where the candidates bring primetime television down to the level of that guy who hocks his get-rich-quick real estate seminar at 3a.m.
You’ve probably heard by now: Barack “I’ve got so much extra campaign cash that I think I might check out the spa that those AIG executives went to” Obama has bought a half-hour of network airtime at 8p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th. As of this writing he’s made deals with CBS and NBC, with additional networks possible.
On CBS he’ll be pre-empting a show called, “Gary Unmarried.” Yeah, I hadn’t heard of it either. A quick Google search tells me it’s a new sitcom about a guy who has to juggle his busy life….blah, blah, blah…wake me when it’s canceled.
On NBC Obama will be pre-empting the new version of “Knight Rider.” That’s right, “Knight Rider.” As in, the talking Pontiac that spent 1982-1986 chatting up a storm with David Hasselhoff. Maybe ABC can compete by bringing back “Mr. Belvedere.”
For me, watching a political infomercial for a half-hour ranks right up there with getting my wisdom teeth removed by that guy at the park who calls every dog he encounters “Spartacus.” And that’s nothing personal against Obama. I wouldn’t watch McCain, either.
Do you remember Ross Perot back in 1992 with his paid programming? Those easels and charts - I get chills just thinking about them.
If I’m going to watch an infomercial you can bet it’s going to be the one where Ron Popeil demonstrates his Showtime Rotisserie Grill. You know: “Set it and forget it!” Don’t act like you’ve never watched it. We both know you’re lying.
The thing is, of course, if the campaign continues on its current path - which is to say Senator Obama widening his lead over Senator McCain in nearly all key battleground states - Obama could spend that half-hour of television time reading names out of the phone book in a faux Madonna-esque British accent and he’d still win in a landslide.
That said, as we all know, anything can happen between now and Election Day. For example, John McCain could very well buy his own block of television time.
Just, please, Senator McCain, don’t make America miss another episode of the new “Knight Rider.”
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