The 2004 national election will take over the airwaves Tuesday, Nov. 2, disrupting most networks’ original nightly programming. By many accounts, election coverage this year could last all night due to projections of a close race and TV news execs’ concerns with reporting the right winner rather than reporting the winner first.
`Fahrenheit’ will hit PPV
Michael Moore wanted a pay-per-view home for his “Fahrenheit 9/11” documentary, and now he has one. TVN Entertainment said it has secured the exclusive PPV cable rights for the controversial film for one night only-tonight at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. (ET), so it can have 8 p.m. showings on both coasts. TVN’s PPV affiliates include Mediacom, Blue Ridge Communications and some Adelphia systems, but it is making the film available on a PPV basis to other cable operators.
BCS to huddle with Nets
Officials of the Bowl Championship Series plan to meet with networks interested in carrying some of college football’s biggest postseason games. ABC/ESPN, which now has the BCS rights through 2006, has already renewed its deal with the Rose Bowl, paying $30 million for eight years and giving it a hold on one key game. ABC also made a bid for five others that has not been accepted. Fox is expected to meet with the BCS official. Sources at NBC and CBS indicated their participation was unlikely.
much-hyped `Huff’ debut
Hank Azaria stars in Showtime’s hyped new drama series, “Huff,” as a family man and successful psychiatrist who questions his whole existence and purpose on Earth after a 15-year-old boy commits suicide in his office. “Huff” premieres Sunday, Nov. 7, at 10 p.m. (ET).