WLUK says no soup for Eli

Fox affiliate WLUK-TV in Green Bay is pulling a program for a rather unusual reason.

The LIN Broadcasting-owned station is pre-empting Seinfeld from its regular Saturday 5:30 p.m. time slot to air a program that is being picked by viewers.

It turns out New York Giants QB Eli Manning, in town to play the NFC Championship Game against Green Bay, loves Seinfeld reruns. In response, WLUK pulled the show for that Saturday only, not wanting to provide entertainment for the enemy.

The stunt has generated lots of press, including a mention on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (where they didn’t exactly get the joke.)

Among the choices: A special about legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi, a repeat of a local show featuring Packer Donald Driver, a M*A*S*H* rerun , and an infomercial (they are really creative with this poll, aren’t they?)

As of Wednesday, the Lombardi special was leading, but the infomercial was actually ahead of the M*A*S*H* repeat.

I guess people in Green Bay have seen enough of Jamie Farr in drag.