Skip to Content

Nine hours of election-free, relaxing TV starts at 3 p.m. ET

Nine hours of election-free, relaxing TV starts at 3 p.m. ET
The Weather Channel is planning nine hours of election-free TV. (Photo by Weather Channel)

The Weather Channel is responding to election fatigue—and non-stop election cable news coverage fatigue—with nine hours of the most unscripted programming of all: nature.

Start at 3 p.m. ET, the channel is starting its Escape the Election coverage. Here’s what its press release said it will include:

“Clouds! Rainbows! Autumn Splendor! And…yes…smooth jazz! Weather will have it all in a 9-hour chill marathon guaranteed to evoke tranquility and set your soul at ease.

Starting at 3 p.m ET on November 8, the marathon will include the most beautiful, awe-inspiring, and calming weather video and scenery ever caught on tape. This world is a beautiful and magical place after all.”

While the network borrowed Michelle Obama’s phrase and said “as other networks go low, The Weather Channel goes high… to the sky,” it’s staying low right now—that is, the network is covering the weather as usual but also the election, with footage of voting places and weather related to voting.

Worse, it’s borrowed from its cable news competition and has one of those anxiety-inducing countdown clocks in the corner of the screen counting down the remaining few hours until this non-stop coverage begins.

What do we do now, then, after we’ve voted and while we’re waiting for the Weather Channel’s coverage to start? Here’s the live Kitten Rescue Cat Cam, with live cats from the Los Angeles based shelter Kitten Rescue.

All reality blurred content is independently selected, including links to products or services. However, if you buy something after clicking an affiliate link, I may earn a commission, which helps support reality blurred. Learn more.

More great stories

About the author

  • Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.


I value our community at reality blurred, which connects people through open and thoughtful conversations about the TV we’re watching and the stories about it.

Comment rules: My goal is for us to be able to share our perspectives and exchange ideas in a welcoming, supportive space. That’s why I’ve created these rules for commenting here. By commenting below, you confirm that you’ve read and agree to them.

Happy discussing!