In the scheme of things, it’s nowhere near as important as what is bearing down on the US east coast right now, but American networks are holding off first run episodes in light of Hurricane Sandy’s effects on such a large population.
The weather is expected to cause power outages along the seaboard over the next day, greatly reducing the number of eyeballs that could tune into premiere episodes.
That means Australian networks will most likely be without some first run, fast-tracked episodes too. There is always a downside to fast-tracking.
CBS and the CW are among the networks are airing repeat episodes, including Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central replays Daily Show and Colbert Report.
CBS confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that the entire Monday lineup is pushing originals to next week. That includes new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Partners, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0, many of which had episodes thematically tied to Halloween.
New episodes of 90210 and Gossip Girl will also be delayed, with The CW airing repeats of last Monday’s episodes instead.
ABC is the only network with a live telecast (Dancing With the Stars) on the lineup. The two-hour performance episode, which films in L.A., was still scheduled to tape and air as originally planned while an original episode of Castle remains.
No decision had been made at FOX. Baseball world series ended after 4 of the 7 scheduled games which has also brought forward new X Factor to Thursday.