It used to be that during a political convention, all of the major networks covered the full evening of the convention activities. That is no longer the case; instead, the networks (other than PBS) run an hour that includes the most important speech of the evening, but otherwise keep to their regular schedules – which, in late summer, means the tail-ends of the summer reality shows.
One does have to wonder, however, whether there’s some hidden meaning behind the networks’ juxtaposition of certain shows. On this evening’s (Tuesday’s) lineup, the network stations in Albuquerque had the following combinations:
The NBC affiliate sandwiched the hour of convention coverage between two episodes of “America’s Got Talent.”
The ABC affiliate preceded the convention coverage with “Wipeout!”
The CBS affiliate followed the coverage with “Big Brother.”
PBS covered the entire evening and followed it with a “Frontline” documentary about global warming.
The other networks didn’t bother with the convention at all; Fox had “House” reruns, Univision had futbol, and Telemundo had a telenovela.