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Guide to election night TV coverage

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It's finally election night, which means wall-to-wall TV coverage of the returns. Sure, there's stuff on cable, but could any Hollywood drama be as suspenseful as finding out who our president will be? So pop some popcorn and get ready. It could be a long night.

Rule of thumb: The cable news outlets will be in election mode pretty much all day long (and it's all pretty much useless), but official coverage for most networks will start around 7 or 8 p.m.

Here's a quick guide.

-CBS is starting coverage at 7 p.m., anchored by Scott Pelley, who is joined by Bob Schieffer and Norah O'Donnell.

-ABC also starts at 7 p.m., and will have Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring. Barbara Walters and Katie Couric are also on hand.

-NBC starts at 7:30 p.m. with Brian Williams. There's also coverage on MSNBC (Rachel Maddow) and CNBC (Maria Bartiromo) -- both starting at 7.

-PBS starts at 8 p.m. with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.

-Fox has you covered on broadcast Fox (WRAZ Fox-50), Fox News and Fox Business Network. Fox News starts at 6 p.m. with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly. Neil Cavuto heads the main election coverage on FBN starting at 7, and Shepard Smith covers things on the main Fox station (Fox-50).

-CNN will probably have a thousand people on air throughout the night, but their main coverage is led by Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper, starting at 6 p.m.

-Current TV begins coverage at 8, led by Al Gore and Jennifer Granholm.
-C-SPAN will air results along with victory and concession speeches from around the country.

-"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" will both air live tonight on Comedy Central starting at 11 p.m.

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Brooke Cain isn't always proud of the number of hours she logs in front of the TV, but her loss of brain cells can be your gain. From reality shows to sitcoms to the more serious stuff, Brooke keeps her DVR smoking so that she can help keep you in the know. Brooke also tweets for Happiness is a Warm TV (you can follow @WarmTV) and updates the blog's Facebook page.