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ABC News, NBC News Fight Over Farrah's Carcass

ABC News and NBC News have been fighting over Farrah Fawcett's carcass today.

It all started at 10:18 a.m. ET today when ABC News announced that sources close to Farrah had told Barbara Walters "these could be her final hours."

Of course we now know Farrah died at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica around 9:30 a.m. But anyway, based on Babs's tip, ABC decided its "20/20" special about "the life, love and legacy of actress and iconic beauty...who appears to be in her final days," might appear a tad stale by its Friday airdate. So ABC announced that special would instead air tonight at 10.

Then, at around 3:30 p.m., NBC sent out an email alerting the press NBC News would air a Fawcett special -- also at 10 p.m. tonight. This will put NBC News's "Farrah Fawcett: The Life and Death of an Angel" in head-to-head combat with "20/20's" "Farrah Fawcett: Her Life, Her Loves, Her Legacy."

NBC also announced that on Friday night it will re-air its two-hour watch-Farrah-die video, "Farrah's Story." NBC already ran the "documentary" on Friday, May 15. In case you missed it, it was shot with Farrah's very own video camera over the past two and a half years and is narrated by Farrah as she explains her battle with cancer.

Because we like to do things right, we contacted CBS to find out what Farrah special it had planned for 10 p.m. tonight. CBS reported it is sticking with "The Mentalist."

Not coincidentally, "The Mentalist" has been winning the hour handily since moving there earlier this year.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  June 25, 2009; 4:05 PM ET
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Couldn't a slightly more sensitive word than carcass have been used? Body and corpse come to mind. When I hear the word carcass, I think of a side of beef.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 25, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

This is horrifying, but will those networks now pre-empt their Farrah tributes for Michael Jackson ones? It may be the tackiest thing ever, but don't they have to now that a bigger star has died? (Don't get me wrong, the dueling Farrah shows was already tacky as hell.)

Posted by: Johnny991 | June 25, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

The world has lost a major talent. Michael Jackson dies at 3:15...

Posted by: InformationDesk | June 25, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

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