'Pushing Daisies' Collides with Obama Tonight
'Pushing Daisies' Collides with Obama Tonight
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Six days before election day, Democratic standard bearer and frontrunner Barack Obama will grace the nation’s television screens tonight at 8pm – or at least on NBC, Fox, CBS, and MSNBC.  ABC will push through with regular programming – Pushing Daisies.

On October 9, the Obama camp bought a half-hour of primetime from all the major networks to air a special “campaign-related program” for the nifty price tag of $1 million each.  Therefore, Americans have a choice to be made tonight.  Watch a most probably taped Obama ad or a new Pushing Daisies episode. Or America’s Next Top Model on the CW.

Of course, ABC was reportedly one of the major networks the Obama camp had its eye on when it went shopping for a chunk of quality television airtime.  According to some reports, ABC offered a timeslot other than the Wednesday it was after.  When the network finally decided to accept the offer, it has gone to MSNBC, which officially became the fourth network to air the simultaneous Obama program.

"ABC already has begun airing ads telling viewers, 'Wednesday you have a choice — get political with the other networks or' watch a new episode of 'Pushing Daisies,’” according to the Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes.

Hence, in lieu of Obama, Pushing Daisies will air “Dim Sum, Lose Some.”  A mysterious man appears before Ned at the diner asking for his help in finding his dad.  Meanwhile, Emerson needs to investigate a murder at a dim sum restaurant that has him reuniting with Simone, who once caught his eye.

Meanwhile, Pushing Daisies, along with the other ABC dramas, has been suffering on a continuous nose dive ratings-wise, as it plummeted well below its last season average (5.6 million viewers, 11 percent down and 3.2 million less than last year’s numbers).  That is ludicrous, considering America’s Next Top Model is not far behind with 3.9 million.

-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press
(Image Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly)