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Obama Speech(s) Impacts TV

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President Obama wants to get the word out and that does impact TV. Obama is pushing hard his stimulus package which means press conferences and speeches to the public. The first which will air on Monday at the 8 o’clock hour on the east will mess up some new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Chuck, and House. On Tuesday February 24th, Obama will give a sort of “State of the Union” speech to congress which will then impact shows such as American Idol. Thanks to the great site, The Futon Critic, here is what the networks plan to do so far:

 

ABC – Monday, February 9
8:00/7:00c – “ABC News Special”*
9:00/8:00c – “The Bachelor: Episode 1306” (Special Time)

— “True Beauty: Get Fit,” originally set for 10:00/9:00c, will instead air Tuesday, February 10 at 10:00/9:00c.

ABC – Monday, February 16
8:00/7:00c – “The Bachelor: Episode 1307”
10:00/9:00c – “True Beauty: Red Carpet Mamas”

CBS – Monday, February 9
8:00/7:00c – “CBS News Special”*
8:30/7:30c – “How I Met Your Mother: Little Boys” (Repeat, May Be Joined in Progress)
9:00/8:00c – “Two and a Half Men: I’d Like to Start With the Cat”
9:30/8:30c – “The Big Bang Theory: The Maternal Capacitance” (Moved from 8:00/7:00c)
10:00/9:00c – “CSI: Miami: Presumed Guilty”

CBS – Monday, February 16
8:00/7:00c – “The Big Bang Theory: The Panty Pinata Polarization” (Repeat)
8:30/7:30c – “How I Met Your Mother: I Heart NJ” (Repeat)
9:00/8:00c – “Two and a Half Men: Damn You, Eggs Benedict” (Repeat)
9:30/8:30c – “Worst Week: The Epidural” (Season Finale, Rescheduled from February 9)
10:00/9:00c – “CSI: Miami: Won’t Get Fueled Again” (Repeat)

FOX – Monday, February 9
8:00/7:00c – “FOX News Special”*
9:00/8:00c – “24: Day 7: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM”

FOX – Monday, February 16
8:00/7:00c – “House: Unfaithful” (Rescheduled from February 9)
9:00/8:00c – “24: 4:00 PM-5:00 PM”

NBC – Monday, February 9
8:00/7:00c – “NBC News Special”*
9:00/8:00c – “Heroes: Trust and Blood”
10:00/9:00c – “Medium: Things to Do in Phoenix When You’re Dead”

NBC – Monday, February 16
8:00/7:00c – “Chuck: Chuck Versus the Suburbs”
9:00/8:00c – “Heroes: Building 26”
10:00/9:00c – “Medium: A Person of Interest”

— “Chuck: Chuck Versus the Best Friend,” originally scheduled for February 9, will move to February 23

* Mountain/Pacific time zones will see a repeat of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” on CBS, a repeat of “24: Day 7: 2:00-3:00 PM” on FOX and a repeat of “Heroes: A Clear and Present Danger” on NBC. As for ABC, Mountain/Pacific time zones will see “The Bachelor” at its regular time followed by a repeat of “True Beauty: Science of Beauty.”

Meanwhile, FOX has also opted to carry Obama’s February 24 address to Congress. The Peacock will cut “The Biggest Loser” to just one hour on said date with the concluding hour airing on Wednesday, February 25 at 8:00/7:00c. ABC then will simply pre-empt back-to-back repeats of “Scrubs.”

Here’s FOX’s revised schedule for February 24-26:

FOX – Tuesday, February 24
8:00/7:00c – “Bones: The Skull in the Sculpture” (Repeat – Special Night)
9:00/8:00c – “FOX News Special”

FOX – Wednesday, February 25
8:00/7:00c – “American Idol” (Two Hours)**

FOX – Thursday, February 26
8:00/7:00c – “American Idol” (Special Night)
9:00/8:00c – “Hell’s Kitchen”

** “Lie to Me” is pre-empted on the night

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