Veep Debate

Posted on October 11, 2012 

I was wrong last week when I said that the Presidential debate wouldn't have that much impact on the polls.

With even MSNBC giving the debate victory to Mitt Romney, it had a noticeable effect as he moved up significantly against President Barack Obama.

It's put an even bigger spotlight on tonight's Vice Presidential debate (9 p.m., all networks) as VP Joe Biden and Republican contender Paul Ryan square off.

The VP debates often can be more entertaining than the main title card, because the VP candidates are usually the attack dogs. While Obama and Romney have to rein in their attacks to look more presidential, the VPs have more leeway in going after the other campaign.

This is a big moment for both campaigns, with some doubt on each side. How will Ryan fare in his first debate on such a big scale? Will Biden, who has a history of gaffes during big moments, keep his cool?

Romney is credited for winning the first debate because he was much sharper in his focus, while Obama seemed unfocused and lacked energy. Biden tends to have the opposite problem, often showing too much energy.

Anyway, it should make for some entertaining TV.

THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: There are some new episodes of some shows tonight with most things pre-empted by the debates. On cable, the FX comedies "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" and "The League" have their season premieres from 10-11 p.m.

The CW is employing an odd strategy, with the series premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" (CW, 9 p.m.) following the season debut of "The Vampire Diaries" at 8 p.m. Though it will be the only network drama on during the 9 p.m. hour, it runs the risk of being completely overlooked because of the debate, even though the show's target audience likely won't be watching the debate. The network is doing the same thing Tuesday with the series premiere of "Emily Owens MD," which will air during the second Presidential debate.

ABC airs a new "Last Resort" at 8 p.m., while Fox has "X-Factor." CBS has new installments of its sitcoms "Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men," while NBC counters with "30 Rock" and "Up All Night."

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