So yesterday, when we got home from Blogville, we fed and walked the dog, made a little something to eat, and turned on Fox at 8 to see if Marissa and Ryan were going to show or instill any interest at all this week, only to find instead the doings of Texans Hank and Peggy Hill. We checked our local listings (as we’re often asked to do) and nope, no mention of the Hills replacing the Coopers and Cohens. NBC, which was supposed to be airing Sweet Home Alabama as its first slice into the the May sweeps cake, was instead showing The Fast and the Furious (we think, anyway, not having ever seen it; we kept watching long enough to figure Reese Witherspoon wasn’t going to show up).
“WTF?” we asked the dog, who was chewing on his bully stick, oblivious. Had there been a terrorist attack or something pre-empting and subsequently throwing programming out of whack? What else could explain Thursday without Seth and Summer? Turns out it was Bush. This morning we read that, apparently, he’d felt an urgent need to give a non-emergency press conference last night at 8:00 EDT, rendering everyone’s remote control useless. Why? Because he can. And he had given the networks less than 24 hours to figure out how to handle it. (Variety, sub req)
Hastily shuffled skeds resulted in some interesting Nielsen showdowns and will continue to reverberate throughout the sweeps. For the first time, Mark Burnett‘s “Survivor” was slated to go head-to-head against a full episode of Burnett’s NBC skein, “The Apprentice,” at 9 p.m. on the East Coast, so it will be interesting to see how viewers split their loyalties. At 10 p.m., CBS’ “CSI” was set to take on NBC’s “ER,” pitting the Peacock‘s warhorse against the Eye’s still-mighty monster hit. Viewers on the West Coast were set to see a more normal primetime sked, with an hour of repeats at 8 or 10 p.m., depending on the network.
Whatever. The West Coast, responsible for most of what goes on TV, always gets screwed.