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Swayze Tributes: ABC Trying to Blunt Leno?

By admin Published: September 15, 2009

From today's email:

ABC News will air “Barbara Walters Special – Patrick Swayze: Last Dance” tonight at 10:01 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. In the exclusive interview, which was his first television interview since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early last year and ended up being his final interview before passing away yesterday, Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi, spoke candidly to Barbara Walters about the diagnosis, his brave battle and continuing to live life.

The hour special will also include exclusive audio excerpts from Patrick Swayze’s autobiography, which he just completed three weeks ago.

The interview took place at his California ranch in December 2008 and originally aired Jan. 7.

The previously scheduled season finale of “Primetime: Family Secrets” will now air tomorrow night, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).

I have to wonder if this is an attempt, at least in part, to slow down Jay Leno, whose new 10 p.m. show had a big audience to start, thanks to having guest Kanye West and reruns as competition. Sure seems odd that ABC wouldn't wait a day or more so that listings could catch up to the addition of the telecast. A&E is doing its tribute on Wednesday. Details from the network:

In light of the tragic passing of beloved actor Patrick Swayze, A&E will honor his memory on Wednesday, September 16th, with a special presentation of “Bio Remembers: Patrick Swayze” at 10PM EST/PST and a marathon of “The Beast” from 2:00PM EST/PST – 6:00PM EST/PST along with an encore showing of “The Beast” at 11:00PM EST/PST.

"We are saddened by the loss of one of our generation's greatest talents and a member of the A&E family,” said Bob DeBitetto, President & General Manager, A&E Network, “Patrick's work on 'The Beast' was an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his wife Lisa and his entire family during this difficult time."

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