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"Law & Order" in '08?

9/1/2007 4:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fred ThompsonIs it possible that the omnipotent courtroom show, "Law & Order," could play a role in the 2008 election? Well, kinda.

Former Senator and current actor Fred Thompson announced his plans to run for the highest office in the land. This creates a thorny problem in that Thompson appears on "Law & Order" re-runs on both cable and broadcast air -- which could cause some election law problems.

The FCC's Equal Time Rule requires stations or cable operators who air appearances of federal candidates to provide equal time to other qualified candidates -- even on shows like "Law & Order." NBC says it won't air any "Law & Order" re-runs with Thompson in them after September 1, though it says none were planned anyway.

TNT, on the other hand, tells Broadcasting & Cable it has no plans to change its schedule -- cable networks themselves don't fall under the rule. Let's hope Chuck Norris doesn't run for office -- mama can't live without her "Walker, Texas Ranger!"

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Grace E.    

Does the FCC's Equal Time Rule apply to the TV show ELLEN and TV commericials already running support ad campaigns for candidate/s for 2008?

Being critical of candidate for President for 2008 Mr. Fred Thompson for WORKING as an actor on the hit show Law and Order suggesting he may get more TV air time while other candidates are seen on TV shows and TV ads are not critisized by TMZ is unequal and unfair.

Fred Thompson must be a real threat for TMZ to exclusively target him in an ANTI Fred Thompson campaign. Even TMZ's posting of an unflattering picture of Fred Thompson does not diminish him since he is already well known nationally on the hit TV show Law and Order. Besides TMZ has already shown that everyone is capable a taking a bad picture no matter how pretty or handsome they maybe.

Thank you for letting TMZ veiwers know about Fred Thompson's run for President for 2008.

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