'Pushing Daisies' or pushing Obama?

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

 By Sharon Eberson / Tuesday, Oct. 28

It's a touch choice.

On the one hand, I'm a fan of the lyrical escapism of ABC's "Pushing Daisies," which has the critical love you'd hope for for a show so original and whimsical. On the other hand, I seem to be one of only a handful of people watching. And now "Pushing Daisies" stands alone in its time slot against the half-hour of TV time bought by presidential candidate Barack Obama on the other networks (not including The CW, which will air an episode of "America's Top Model.")

Apparently ABC delayed too long in agreeing to sell Obama's campaign the time slot Wednesday night, so the campaign took its roughly $1 million that the half-hour would have cost elsewhere. The Washington Post said that ABC has already begun airing promos telling viewers, "Wednesday you have a choice -- get political with the other networks or" watch "Daisies."

Of course, my DVR will be at work one way or the other.

While it will be business as usual for ABC, CBS will air "The New Adventures of Old Christine" at 8:30 instead of 8, and NBC will air a 90-minute edition of "Deal or No Deal." Fox's plans are a little more in flux, thanks to the rain-shortened Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night, according to

Later Wednesday, at 9 p.m., Obama's rival, Sen. John McCain, will appear on CNN's "Larry King Live."


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