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Halftime Shows Aplenty — Even If You Don't Like Tom Petty

Halftime Shows Aplenty — Even If You Don't Like Tom Petty

The Super Bowl is playing it relatively safe with its halftime entertainment this year, lining up a show by Tom Petty, who is — how shall I put this? — not exactly known for doing suggestive things with his guitar. If you're bored by the idea of "Free Fallin'," cable networks are dialing up their own halftime programming. As the head of the dude-focused Spike TV told the Hollywood Reporter:

"We see an opportunity at halftime because young viewers may not be into watching a musical performance suited to older guys. To get the competitive juices flowing, we have a better idea."

That idea? A competitive eating contest in two stages: an appetizer of scarfing hard-boiled eggs, followed by a headliner of devouring ham.

Some others:

  • Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl will air its own halftime show, the Kitten Bowl.
  • Oxygen is putting the premiere of Deion and Pilar: Prime Time Love, a reality show starring former NFL player Deion Sanders, online for two hours, starting roughly around halftime. It will also cut away from programming to show it on TV during the halftime show itself.

So, what'll it be? Kitties? Eggs? Or is Tom Petty sounding better and better?


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