Your Thursday nights are about to get more hectic

93956__earl_l_1If you’re anything like me, two DVRs just aren’t enough to fit all your favorite Thursday-night shows. (My loyalty to Survivor and Alias, for example, forces me to miss Everybody Hates Chris and The O.C.). The bad news is: Come January, we all might have even tougher choices to make, as Reuters is reporting that Fox’s American Idol results show and NBC’s hit freshman sitcom My Name Is Earl (starring Jason Lee, near left, with guest star Kathryn Joosten) may enter the evening’s competitive fray. While I can understand the networks’ reasoning — Fox would rather pit Simon, Paula, and Randy against NBC’s fading Apprentice franchise than ABC’s blockbuster Lost, while NBC is seeking to reclaim its ”must-see” Thursday status — why doesn’t anybody consider putting one of these goodies on, say, Saturday, that dreaded evening every week when I’m forced to actually leave the house or read a book to enjoy myself? Sheesh!

In other TV news:

-When 24 returns to the Fox schedule in January, the addictive Prison Break (and star Wentworth Miller) will get locked away until May, when its remaining nine episodes will be released. (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

-Brad Garrett says his potential Everybody Loves Raymond spinoff has all but gone the way of the Dodo.

-Fox is also planning Dear Santa, in which kids’ heartwarming letters to Mr. Claus will be answered. Perhaps jolly old St. Nick can help mom marry a multimillionaire, or send dad to Temptation Island for some radical plastic surgery.

-NBC’s latest pilot pickup is Kidnapped, in which an abduction will be played out over the course of a season.

-Polly Bergen, who once played the leader of the free world in Kisses for My President, has signed on to play Geena Davis’ mom on Commander in Chief, starting Nov. 29.

-And NBC is making Brian Williams’ entire nightly newscast available on MSNBC.com as a podcast, starting Monday.

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  • EP Sato

    NBC is staffed by a bunch of fools if they think it’s a good idea to move Earl out of Tuesdays. With Earl and the Office, they have that night on lockdown.
    Speaking of lockdown (and bad prison puns), it totally stinks that Prison Break will be on hiatus for so long, but it’s conveniently around the same time that Galactica and the Sopranos get their new seasons warmed up.
    What’s on the horizon for the Shield and Rome? I’d love to know so I can plan my spring activities around their new eps…

  • wc12

    I think it’s completely idiotic that FOX will delay bringing back Prison Break til May. They finally come up with a compelling new drama and risk losing the fans they’ve acquired. After 6 months, many devout fans will have moved on. Dumb, dumb, dumb!

  • grrr

    The more they do this bundling of shows, the more likely I am to wait ’til they all come on dvd. My netflix list is full, and it’s much more fun to watch a whole season at a time. The networks are just making it more inviting.

  • jcoop

    thanks NBC, for totally messing with my tivo. i had the week worked out quite nicely and now, by moving ‘earl,’ it’s going to be all out of whack. nice job!

  • blah

    I agree, EP Sato and wc12.
    I enjoy watching Prison Break, and will hopefully remember to come back to it in May (thank you TIVO!), but I will not be watching 24. So all Fox has done is ensure that I will not be watching their network for 6 months. Good job execs!
    And NBC is run by a bunch of monkeys! The shows they choose to air are rarely any good, and when they do actually get a diamond in the rough, they make sure to reshuffle it in scheduling until it’s good and dead. I can see it now…they’ll put it on Thursday nights, the ratings with drop, they’ll move it somewhere else, where it was suffer more because people won’t know when the heck it’s on. If it works, why mess with it? Just wait until season 2 or something!

  • Jamal

    PRISON BREAK!!!!! DONT LEAVE!!!!!!!!!! :-(

  • brandonk

    WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS TO ME!? It seems like the networks are trying to put all of my favorite shows on at the same time! AAAAAARGH!

  • Scott

    I already can’t watch My Name Is Earl on Tuesdays (Amazing Race and House), so, it won’t make a difference if I can’t watch it on Thursdays (since I watch Alias and Survivor). I do wish they would go back to showing it on Bravo so I could watch it though.
    And as further proof NBC has lost it, doesn’t the premise of Kidnapped borrow from other shows that unravel a story over the course of a season (as in 24, Prison Break, and Reunion)?
    As far as American Idol goes, I didn’t watch the results show last year and didn’t miss anything.

  • smallville fan

    IMO, Smallville is the best show on Thursdays, more people should be watching it.

  • dma

    No Prison Break till May??? Nooooooooooo!!!!!! Is Fox trying to deprive us of Wentworth? Say it ain’t so. :(

  • 7Towers

    Thursdays at 7 are the worst!!!! I have a dual tuner DVR and can’t keep up. I used to watch OC, Smallville, Alias, and Survivor. Well the networks decided to move them all to the same time.
    Casualty: The OC – Man I have never watched a show go downhill so fast!!! I gave it a chance before the other competition appeared, but the “Evil” Dean come on this show used to make fun of stuff like that.
    DVR’d: Smallville & Alias – I have watched these shows since day one and can’t give up now. Props to Smallville for improving in quality this season. And Alias, well you were once my favorite show, but now I have no idea what is going on. I know this is probably the last season for both so I will stick with them until the end.
    Aquired by other means: Survivor – It seems that Apple is finally stepping up to the plate and providing downloads of TV shows. I have found the internet a great way to “catch up” on other shows too. (Don’t want to promote anything illegal ;) ) I have enjoyed the people on this Survivor more than most of the recents seasons.

  • Maurine

    I don’t care when Prison Break is on. I’ll watch it. I just hope it stays on the air. Fox has so many other shows on that are past their prime or never got there (i.e., Malcolm, 70s Show, Stacked) yet they want to take their third highest rated show off the air for six months? It’s madness!

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