08/13/2003 at 12:00 AM EDT
California TV viewers will have to do without reruns of "Predator" or "Conan the Barbarian" until this election business is over, the Associated Press reports.
The reason? If a broadcast TV station in the state airs a Schwarzenegger movie, then his political opponents could demand equal air time.
And Arnold, 57, isn't the only one who'll suffer a TV blackout. Former "Diff'rent Strokes" actor, Gary Coleman, 35, is also running for the California's governor's chair, meaning there will be no airings of his old sitcom, though cable channels are not necessarily covered by this rule.
This also means that "Saturday Night Live"'s Father Guido Sarducci, whose real name is Don Novello, can be seen when reruns of that show are aired on Comedy Central. (The cable channel also could choose to air reruns from Gallagher, the watermelon-smashing comedian turned gubernatorial candidate.)
These are just a few of the more than 240 other candidates all wishing to unseat current Gov. Gray Davis in the Oct. 7 recall election.
The equal-time provision kicks in on Wednesday, when the state is expected to officially certify the list of candidates, says AP. The National Association of Broadcasters sent an alert to its California members restating the consequences of the equal-time provision, which would also apply to stations in bordering states that reach a sizable block of Golden State voters.
"It's doubtful Arnold's movies will be shown on local broadcast stations between now and the election," said Dennis Wharton, an NAB spokesman.