"So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbye/That's all I've got. Let's go watch 'CSI.' "
As I mentioned in a column for today's Beacon Journal, President Bush's 15-minute farewell address tomorrow goes smack into the middle of a competitive TV night. (Among other things, it includes Grissom's farewell to "CSI." More about that in a later post.) At the time I wrote the column, the commercial neworks had not all decided what to do. But here's an updated look at how the commercial nets' plans shake out right now:
ABC (Updated) is bumping "Ugly Betty." It will carry Bush's speech and post-speech coverage from 8 to 8:15, then finish the half-hour with a "Scrubs" from Tuesday, followed by another "Scrubs" from Tuesday at 8:30, then "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" as scheduled.
CBS will keep its lineup intact but slide the start times 15 minutes to make room for Bush. So a "CSI" repeat will be at 8:15, the goodbye-Grissom episode at 9:15 and an "Eleventh Hour" episode at 10:15.
Fox will air Bush's speech. It has moved the planned return of "Bones" (a very good, funny episode was made available for preview) from tomorrow to Jan. 22, when it will run two episodes back to back. After Bush's speech ends, it will fill the 8 p.m. hour with "Kitchen Nightmares" before airing that show's season finale at 9.
NBC will carry Bush. It will fill the rest of the 8-8:30 half-hour with a "My Name Is Earl" rerun, then air a new "Earl" at 8:30, followed by new episodes of "The Office," "30 Rock" and "ER" as scheduled.