The writers of “Jack & Bobby” have already determined the outcome of the 2040 presidential election. But for the real-life polling taking place in less than two weeks, they’re keeping their options open.
The first-year WB drama filmed three different endings for its Wednesday, Nov. 3 episode, which will weave the 2004 contest into its story, star Christine Lahti says.
Lahti’s Grace McCallister, an unabashed liberal and the primary influence on her two sons, Jack (Matt Long) and future leader of the free world Bobby (Logan Lerman), will be waiting anxiously for the outcome of the Bush-Kerry contest in the episode, which will air one night after the real election. (Earlier this week, The WB moved “Jack & Bobby” from Sundays, where it was struggling mightily in the ratings, to Wednesdays, switching it with another freshman drama, “The Mountain.”)
It’s a “huge event for Grace,” Lahti tells USA Today. The three different endings are “one in which Grace will be elated, one in which she’ll be waiting four more years until Hillary [Clinton] can be elected, and the last in which Grace is nervously awaiting the recount.”
The network has already picked up “Jack & Bobby” for a full season despite its meager ratings, but Lahti was happy to see the show moved to Wednesdays, where it has a somewhat more compatible lead-in (“Smallville” rather than “Charmed”) and less intense competition.
“It’s a real aggressive sign of support,” she says.