More schedule wranglings for NBC involving Crusoe and Lipstick Jungle
Hoo boy! You fans of the NBC historical drama Crusoe are not going to like this news. Not at all. It will be so distressful that you're going to get up, board a ship, purposefully get shipwrecked, and live your life on a deserted island. That, or you'll just toss out your TVs in disgust and begin, dare I say it, reading or talking to your loved ones.
Ready? Here it is...NBC is moving Crusoe to Saturdays. You read right; the show is moving to the Dead Zone of primetime television. Why, do you tearfully ask, are they moving this show to a night that hasn't featured original programming in years? Well, it's to move Lipstick Jungle up one hour on Friday night in order to shore the program up. And, man, does it need shoring up. Last Friday, the show managed to eek out a 2.2 rating in its current 10 PM slot.
So, here's how it's going to break down: Lipstick will move into the 9 pm slot on December 5th, sandwiched between Deal or No Deal and Dateline. The original remaining episodes will air on December 12th, January 2nd and January 9th. After that, who knows what will happen. In the meantime, Crusoe will seep down into the Saturday, 8 pm slot starting on December 6th. Right now, the original programming goes up to December 13th. After that...
When you think about it, Crusoe is good Saturday night viewing. it has action, adventure, romance, and seems to be family-friendly enough. The problem is there is nothing else on the big three networks to support that new programming. So, from the current standpoint, it's looking like the network is putting this show out to pasture. Or, maybe the network will take the drastic move of promoting the show, which will raise the ratings. That, in turn, will give merit to adding additional non-reality programming to the schedules and, eventually, resurrecting the Saturday night viewing that was a staple of television for decades. Nah, what was I thinking!