Mountain Lion vs. Time Machine

I set up two external hard drives for use with Time Machine. Last night it did the first backup to one HD, now it's doing the first backup to the other one. Once this is done, and it starts doing "regular" backups, will it start counting down the time to the next backup like Lion used to do?
The reason I ask this is that Mountain Lion's TM just lists "Only backup" (and the time) for the hard drive that it's already done. It doesn't say when the next backup will occur. Will it start doing this when it finishes the initial backup to the other drive?

It only showed a countdown when you changed the disk. 
And no, you won't see that anymore.
Also see the Time Machine section in Changes in Mountain Lion for other interesting news.

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  • Mountain Lion and Time Machine

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