Because of the writers' strike, network television is going to start devoting more of its time to political coverage. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC is already gearing up to cover Super Duper Tuesday for at least one hour in primetime.

Super Duper Tuesday could determine each party's presidential candidate. They may even expand their coverage to include the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. NBC News president Steve Capus stated, "If at any given point that we decide that it's appropriate, we can always flip the switch and go to the network. If the opportunity presents itself and we think there's a big enough story, it's very easy for us to do it. But it's a little premature for us to say that it will happen."

If the writers' strike continues into 2008, the networks may find that airing politics is the way to go.

B. Alan Orange