Fox News Channel has set aside some key cable news real estate next week for one-hour documentaries on Barack Obama and John McCain.
"2008 Presidential Character and Conduct" will premiere at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in a time slot usually held by cable news' top-rated program, "The O'Reilly Factor." Bill O'Reilly will be off Monday and Tuesday, making way for Monday's Obama docu, hosted by Bill Hemmer, and Tuesday's McCain docu, hosted by Eric Shawn. Pamela Browne is the executive producer of both programs.
Months in the works, the specials will dig into the character, lives and actions of the presidential candidates through interviews with family members, friends and associates from their earlier days as well as colleagues in the Senate.
"This is an in-depth, detailed examination that's beyond what has been broadcast in terms of these typical type of biographies," said Shawn, who like Hemmer is an anchor at the channel.