TNT will reap ratings from – I mean, pay tribute to -- Steve Jobs tonight by re-running its 1999 flick “Pirates of Silicon Valley” at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. ET.
Given the outpouring of grief over yesterday’s death of the 56-year-old Apple founder – the guy who brought us the iPod, iPhone, and iPad -- we’re guessing TNT will do better with the flick than it would have with the previously scheduled “Bones” and “CSI: NY” reruns.
In fairness, virtually all news outlets also have been scrambling, since Apple announced Jobs’s death on Wednesday, to put together Steve Jobs specials, etc. in hopes of reporting big news and goosing ratings. All TNT had to do was dust off its multiple-Emmy nominated TV movie.
Noah Wyle, now starring in TNT’s apocalyptic series “Falling Skies,” plays Jobs in the flick. Also in the cast: Anthony Michael Hall is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Joey Slotnick is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The movie follows the race between rivals Apple and Microsoft, from nights of dorm-room tinkering to days of boardroom scheming.
Martyn Burke wrote the flick and directed, based on the bestselling book “Fire in the Valley” by Paul Frieberger and Michael Swaine.