This is posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Atlanta-based Weather Channel knows tens of millions of people will be stressed out next Tuesday on election night, afraid to watch CNN or Fox News, sucking down beers and praying for the future of the republic.
But who need Xanax when you can spend nine hours watching the Weather Channel's special "Escape the Election" programming?
With calming smooth jazz in the background, the station will air classic counter-programming that will feature video of awe-inspiring scenery. That might include vistas of colorful prairies, rolling hills, forests of autumn splendor, rainbows over waterfalls and birds migrating South against a vivid blue sky backdrop.
It will air from 3 p.m. EST to midnight, Tuesday, November 8. (Your local forecast will show up on the 8's as usual.)
"It's like the Yule log on TV during Christmas," a Weather Channel spokeswoman said.
This is the first time the network has tried something like this. And unless there's a major weather event, most of the Atlanta-based meteorologists and crew who normally have to work at that time will get a nice break as well.
Networks often counter program against juggernauts such as the Super Bowl, running marathons of popular shows or the Puppy Bowl. For political junkies, Election Night is the same thing. And the stakes are even higher.
Other new programming that night includes fresh episodes of "Bad Girls Club" on Oxygen at 8, "Dead Silent" (shot in Atlanta) on ID at 9, "The Letter" on Freeform at 9, "The Real Husbands of Hollywood" on BET at 9, "Chopped" on the Food Network at 10, "Ink Master" on Spike at 10 and "Drunk History" on the Comedy Channel at 10:30 p.m.
Or you can binge on repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (TBS), "Intervention" (A&E), "Impractical Jokers" (truTV), "Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!) or "Westworld (HBO).
All the major broadcast networks and the cable news channels will be focused squarely on election results with TV One and Lifetime ("The View") getting in on the act as well.