The never-ending spat between Time Warner Cable and the Fox dynasty could put some big college football games in jeopardy of not getting any airtime. If the two sides don't reach some kind of middle ground soon, it could put the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the Fedex Orange Bowl and the Allstate Sugar Bowl in danger of a blackout.
Of course, the threat of losing the American earned right to sit on the couch and watch an endless series of football games during a holiday has spurred the government to take action. Senator John Kerry, the head of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communication, Technology, and the Internet, has sent a letter to the two companies asking them to finish this thing up by New Years' Day. I wonder, can Congress declare war on a major media conglomerate? Guess we'll find out soon enough.
- Discovery has a Mythbusters marathon all night.
- Sci-Fi's Twilight Zone marathon continues into the night.
- Disney has a Wizards of Waverly Place marathon.
- TV Land is showing The Cosby Show all night.
- More marathons: G4 is showing Cops.
- At 8, NBC has a new, two-hour Deal Or No Deal.
- FOX has the FedEx Orange Bowl at 8.
- PBS has a new Great Performances at 8.
- Also at 8: TCM has King Kong, then Them!
- At 9, Food Network has a new Iron Chef America.
- HGTV has HGTV Dream Home 2009 at 9.
- There's a new TNA Impact on Spike at 9.
Check your local TV listings for more.
After the jump, the late night talk shows.
In this day and age of dwindling original programming (thanks to the impenetrable deadlock of the Writers' Strike), the networks are fiddling around with their schedules to get the maximum out of what they have left to air. That means that shows you thought would be airing later will be premiering sooner, and vice versa.
For instance, NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, which was going to premiere on January 10th, has been moved up one week and will now premiere on Thursday, January 3rd, at 9:00 pm, between original episodes of Deal or No Deal and ER. The decision was made when it was learned that ABC was going to air its last original episode of Grey's Anatomy on the 10th. The schedule change may not matter in the ratings anyway since Apprentice will be up against FOX's broadcast of the Orange Bowl as well as coverage of the Iowa caucuses.
Over on ABC, the new comedy-drama
Lipstick Jungle Sex and the City Cashmere Mafia is moving from January 3rd to Sunday, January 6th, where it will follow the last pre-strike episode of Desperate Housewives. Damn, I hope this strike gets resolved soon!
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