Tonight’s TV Addict Must Watch: The Debate

At the risk of angering two of America’s most vocal and passionate constituencies, this TV Addict must ask this question: Should the CW really be airing new episodes of SMALLVILLE and SUPERNATURAL on the eve of one of the most important debates in American history? Don’t get me wrong, Winchesters versus the Devil, Clark versus Doomsday, all very important. But with the challenges America currently faces both at home and abroad, this outside observer [read: Canadian TV Addict] can’t help but think that it might be better for the country as a whole if the CW’s highly coveted 18-34 demographic spent this evening watching Biden versus Palin. You know, for the good of the country.

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  • allie

    YES, they should be airing these. People can watch the debate and DVR Supernatural for later viewing, or vice-versa.

  • blueberry

    Don’t worry. I know plenty of people in the target demo, myself included, who stopped watching Smallville a long time ago.

  • Hil

    I watched SPN tonight. I can get my hands on the debate later or at least a transcript. That would save me from actually having to look at them when they talk.

  • Annabel

    Smallville didn’t conflict with the debate (at least not it Central time it didn’t).
    Besides I really doubt that the debate is losing a lot of viewership due to Supernatural.

  • John

    I started watching the debates but after an eternity or approxmately 3 minutes, I switched to Supernatural.

  • Annabel

    I take it back….I guess they lost at least one…

  • Haya

    I watched the debate instead supernatural, but I doubt most 15year old girls in Canada,or the US did. It probably didn’t hurt them more than Grey’s Anatomy and The Office do. I’m sure even if Supernatural wasn’t on most young people wouldn’t watch the debate.

  • Josh Emerson

    “I’m sure even if Supernatural wasn’t on most young people wouldn’t watch the debate.”

    That’s a pretty sad statement on our country, though true. But it’s not like Supernatural gets much in the way of ratings, so I don’t have a problem with the CW airing it. Smallville didn’t conflict with the debate and was aired opposite new episodes of Ugly Betty and Survivor.

  • If Supernatural hadn’t been on, I wouldn’t be watching the debates.

    In this day and age, candidates are seriously overexposed anyway. Watching them in regular interviews makes me feel sick to my stomach and helpless enough. I don’t need the double-speak of a debate on top of it.

  • Brandy

    I’m very involved in politics and while I was very interested in the debate… I watched SN… I switched back and forth at commercials and i hate to say it but SN was still the better choice… BY FAR…

  • kimerz

    Honestly? It’s just easier to see all the highlights by watching The Daily Show and Supernatural rocked it tonight!

  • ewanspotter

    Good for the CW. Everybody and their brother was playing the debate anyway; it’s overkill. I stay informed of politics and know I can get a hold of a debate transcript or video later. I know those smucks in politics will let me down…. but “Supernatural” won’t.

  • Regardless of your political affiliation, would Sarah Palin not make a kick-butt Demon Hunter?

  • Hil

    I would trust her shotgun skills over other candidates.

  • ewanspotter

    I bet she could skin a wendigo in less than a minute.

  • patty

    Sarah Palin would make better demon bait! (kidding…sorta)

    The debates were over way before supernatural here, so no worries.

  • ct

    I think the saddest thing I read among these comments was “the candidates are seriously overexposed.” Come on… this is the first and only debate, and the first time that sarah palin would be getting anything even close to real exposure to the American people. The McCain camp did a fantastic job over the past five weeks, since Palin joined the ticket, of keeping her away from the media and/or microphones. Has she been covered constantly? Yes. But has it been with regard to her stance on the actual issues? No.

    Frankly, it should be required that the debates are carried on every channel, including cable. If the American people aren’t willing to educate themselves at least a little bit where the most important decision they make every four years is concerned, then they can consider going to bed without television their punishment.

  • Eric

    The debates are analyzed, re-analyzed, and then parodied on SNL (a more entertaining forum). That blibber is available at will and ad nauseum.

    No politician was gonna keep me from the best Supernatural episode in series history. Seriously, did you see that…?

  • Hil

    Wouldn’t baseball have been a bigger deterrent last night? That’s what most people I know watched.

  • Tana

    I prefer to read transcripts (or summaries) of debates. It takes the “charisma” factor out of the equation. You get the bare facts (or lack thereof in some cases).

    I watched Supernatural and spent an hour reading about the debates this morning. I don’t figure I missed out on anything.

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  • Mark

    “No politician was gonna keep me from the best Supernatural episode in series history. Seriously, did you see that…?”

    Totally agree. One of the best episodes of the series.

    And besides, I’d rather just watch the Vice Presidential debates when they get parodied on SNL where I can actually enjoy it more than I would the real thing. The news and internet can fill me in on how the real thing happened anyways.

  • Susie

    I watched Smallville and Supernatural. There were plenty of places to watch or listen to the debates; frankly I’m so tired of this endless campaign if I didn’t have something else to watch, I might sell my soul to a demon to get some relief!!! Also, you don’t have to be a teenage girl to like Supernatural, I’m way over the demographics and I love it!

  • I think the saddest thing I read among these comments was “the candidates are seriously overexposed.” Come on… this is the first and only debate, and the first time that sarah palin would be getting anything even close to real exposure to the American people.

    Hardly! First, “overexposed” means in the entire campaign period, not just in debate. I know I can find out anything I need to know before the election next month. Second, I only need to know a few big-ticket things about a candidate to know I’m not going to vote for them. Everything else is lies and double-speak and attacks and fluff and words other people put into their mouths. I already know the thing I need to know. I knew months ago–maybe YEARS ago–who I was going to vote for.

    If the American people aren’t willing to educate themselves at least a little bit where the most important decision they make every four years is concerned, then they can consider going to bed without television their punishment.

    That statement implies that the live debate is the only possible place to get educated, and it’s a very false implication.