Joy Behar

Election coverage a bit too serious? TV had lighter options

Viewers looking for a respite from serious presidential election coverage from TV newscasters got a reprieve on Tuesday as alternative voices also got in the act, including comics and other offbeat political observers.

Not content with their regular daytime jawfest, the ladies of ABC's "The View" took over Lifetime for a 2½-hour live prime-time special.

This version of "The View" was stocked with the usual drop-leaf table and screaming studio audience, along with election results and appearances by the likes of Lena Dunham, Will Forte and Mario Cantone (though missing veteran panelist Whoopi Goldberg, who had a prior commitment).