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Networks reluctantly shuffle for Obama speech
The Live Feed ^ | 3.19.09 | Staff

Posted on 03/19/2009 7:45:38 AM PDT by Dr. Zzyzx

Networks reluctantly shuffle for Obama speech

Networks are pulling their shows over to the side of the road to make room for the lights and sirens of president Barack Obama's latest primetime address.

Obama will take to the air next Tuesday evening on four broadcast networks and bump the most popular series on television, Fox's "American Idol."

Fulfilling their scheduling civic duty is starting to seem increasingly cumbersome to broadcasters, however. Between a struggling economy and ratings sagging in midseason, every interruption costs networks advertising dollars and momentum.

"At a time when we're struggling not only financially but to build audiences, this doesn't help on either front," one network executive said. "These repeated interruptions -- and the rumor of even more to come -- really make it difficult to build audience flow and loyalty. We will all lose one or two million dollars for this."

The presidential election resulted in a fall season regularly interrupted by political news coverage, followed by primetime inauguration coverage, then two primetime speeches about the economy. The White House requesting yet another primetime slot, during sweeps and right after several shows dropped to new lows in last night's ratings, has some executives exasperated.

"I believe in the president and his policies, and as broadcasters we have a responsibility to provide the airtime," said another network insider. "But these frequent primetime requests are wreaking serious havoc with our schedule and our advertisers. Ratings are down everywhere and the airtime is costing us all significant dollars when we can least afford it."

Here's how the Big Four will juggle the speech:

>> Fox is arguably the most impacted network and took the longest to agree to airing the speech. The network will move Tuesday's two-hour performance episode of "Idol" to Wednesday, and the Wednesday episode to Thursday at 8 p.m. That preempts "Lie to Me" and "Bones" and puts mega-rated "Idol" against the mega-rated NCAA finals (which neither Fox nor CBS are all that thrilled about).

>> NBC will move Tuesday's two-hour "Biggest Loser" to 9 p.m., preempting "Law & Order: SVU."

>> CBS likewise is dumping its 10 p.m. procedural ("Without a Trace") and moving its two earlier dramas, "NCIS" and "The Mentalist," forward an hour.

>> ABC will cancel previously planned back-to-back episodes of "According to Jim."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0bama; bho2009; bho44; democrats; dnctv; economy; msm; obama; obamedia
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To: HungarianGypsy

Why aren’t they simply running these on their cable news channels? Isn’t that what they did to President Bush?


51 posted on 03/19/2009 8:14:48 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
Der Fuhrer needs to motivate the masses, he controls the media, and the Brown Shirts (ACORN).
52 posted on 03/19/2009 8:16:16 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: mass55th
I've always got something more interesting to watch instead of the One.

Paint drying, ice melting, the dog sleeping ...

53 posted on 03/19/2009 8:16:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Even for a thin-skinned solipsistic narcissist, Obama seems a frightful po-faced pill." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

Tough luck. Even Fox was in the tank for Obama toward the end.


54 posted on 03/19/2009 8:28:15 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
Reluctant hell!

If it were Dubya, they would never consider it.

55 posted on 03/19/2009 8:28:36 AM PDT by lormand
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

Cool, I’ll be in lodge and so will not even have to dodge it.

Of course, I don’t actually watch TV on Tuesdays anyway, but still, he can talk all he wants. I’m only watching what he does.


56 posted on 03/19/2009 8:29:26 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (I'm still waiting for the One to say something that isn't a lie)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

Geez. Another Hussein speech? He’s been talking to Castro’s ghost too much.


57 posted on 03/19/2009 8:30:34 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Yes, Gorbachev is better than Obama. At least Gorbachev admitted he was a Communist)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

We choose what we watch and we won’t be watching this.


58 posted on 03/19/2009 8:36:32 AM PDT by cubreporter (Rush the greatest voice of CONSERVATISM! God Bless Rush Limbaugh!!!)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

We choose what we watch and we won’t be watching this.


59 posted on 03/19/2009 8:37:21 AM PDT by cubreporter (Rush the greatest voice of CONSERVATISM! God Bless Rush Limbaugh!!!)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

Imagine if the terrorists targeted zero’s teleprompter! Now THAT would be war!!!!


60 posted on 03/19/2009 8:37:39 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Christian and armed)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
Networks are pulling their shows over to the side of the road to make room for the lights and sirens of president Barack Obama's latest primetime address.

Great...we just elected MacBeth....

“It is a tale … full of sound and fury; signifying nothing.”

Why do the HAVE to make room? They sure didn't for W.

It's almost like the media is...what's the word?....biased....

Nah...can't be....

61 posted on 03/19/2009 8:37:39 AM PDT by NorCoGOP (Recession: friend loses his job. Depression: You lose your job. Recovery: Obama loses his job.)
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Buy your gold now. It goes up $10 every time this jamoke opens his mouth. Goes up even more when “Timmy the Tax Cheat” opens his.


62 posted on 03/19/2009 8:41:00 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Ein Volk, Ein Riech, Ein Ein.)
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To: mass55th

” He picks Tuesday nights so it won’t interfere with his Wednesday night parties at the White House.”

No college basketball on Tuesday night, either.


63 posted on 03/19/2009 8:43:54 AM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
Why not just put a little bar with the speech on the bottom of the screen with a bouncing ball to guide us as we read along with the 0mni-Present.

We can read it just as well as he can.

64 posted on 03/19/2009 8:44:27 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
Word to the Networks. You made him, now live with the consequences...

sw

65 posted on 03/19/2009 8:45:17 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

We’ll be watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island so we are far too busy to watch B. Hussein Odamnya then, now or any time.


66 posted on 03/19/2009 8:45:35 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

The Messiah loves Tuesday nights

He’s the new American Idol!

Maybe Secrest can be the host of the Messiah’s new show


67 posted on 03/19/2009 8:47:28 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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To: freekitty

Like they did to Bushie - they dissed Bushie CONSTANTLY in denying him air coverage - POSs...


68 posted on 03/19/2009 8:47:29 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: cubreporter

Could we just have a week of silence with no Obama coverage? No televised speeches, no magazine covers (except news magazines). He’s so overexposed.

He’s like a one hit wonder that everyone fawns over but that gets so much coverage that people quickly grow tired of him. Like a one hit wonder, he’s a one trick pony. Blame Bush. Divert responsibility. Rinse and repeat.


69 posted on 03/19/2009 8:49:20 AM PDT by chpmass
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To: dawn53

I keep telling Mrs. Rightly Biased that but she doesn’t believe me she says the Idol watchers will be TO’d


70 posted on 03/19/2009 8:49:25 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
That preempts "Lie to Me"

Not really. It's just a different version of Lie to Me.....

71 posted on 03/19/2009 8:51:52 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
Now (elected): "These repeated interruptions -- and the rumor of even more to come -- really make it difficult to build audience flow and loyalty. We will all lose one or two million dollars for this."

Then (campaign): "These repeated interruptions revelations -- and the rumor of even more to come -- really make it difficult to build audience flow and loyalty a tingle go up our legs. We will all lose gain one or two million dollars viewers for this."

72 posted on 03/19/2009 8:52:06 AM PDT by NorCoGOP (Recession: friend loses his job. Depression: You lose your job. Recovery: Obama loses his job.)
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To: CheneyChick

And “American Idol”...

Commandment 2 Make no Idols.


73 posted on 03/19/2009 8:52:36 AM PDT by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: NCC-1701
Did you forget that he made them drop “House” a few weeks ago for a Monday speech? They had to air the new episode the following week. We were happy that he didn't get “24.”
74 posted on 03/19/2009 8:54:02 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: N. Theknow

If the TelePrompter ever dies will it get a state funeral?


75 posted on 03/19/2009 8:56:10 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx; MeekOneGOP

"At a time when we're struggling not only financially but to build audiences, this doesn't help on either front," one network executive said. "These repeated interruptions -- and the rumor of even more to come -- really make it difficult to build audience flow and loyalty. We will all lose one or two million dollars for this."


76 posted on 03/19/2009 9:00:13 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
I don't feel the least bit sorry for these losers that did everything in their power to get him elected.

Since I don't watch much network TV anyway I really don't care what he interrupts I actually welcome it. People are tired of seeing him, in fact a coworker of mine who regularly watches Good Morning America (poor thing doesn't know any better) said she is sick of hearing about his wife's workout regiment while the country falls apart. It was interesting coming from one those people who will no doubt be livid that American Idol is being moved on Tuesday for this.

77 posted on 03/19/2009 9:07:49 AM PDT by redk
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

My teeheevee will remain off.


78 posted on 03/19/2009 9:08:22 AM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Tax the rich" fails if the rich won't play)
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To: All

I DVR all the NCIS and Bones epies on TBS and TNT so I’ll just watch what I’ve recorded. Heck with what TOTUS has to say.


79 posted on 03/19/2009 9:09:14 AM PDT by youturn ("Do you mind if I take a batnap?...Ziva (NCIS))
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To: gridlock

“Hey, we all just looooooove listening to the Dear Leader drone on for hours at a time. Nothing we would rather do!”
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Well...actually there are a few things I would prefer to do like...roll in poison ivy to which I am extremely allergic, sandpaper a wildcat’s rectum, stick my head in a hornet’s nest, sleep naked in a swamp full of mosquitoes, try to stop a round of buckshot with my teeth, other than that, yeah I guess I would watch the messiah.


80 posted on 03/19/2009 9:28:20 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Change has come to America and all hope is gone.)
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To: freekitty

Why don’t they grow a pair and tell him to go stuff it?

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Agreed!

Honestly they could just put the text on the screen and scroll it since all he’s going to do is read the darn thing anyway. LOSER


81 posted on 03/19/2009 9:40:24 AM PDT by leapfrog0202
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

Here is what I posted to “The Hollywood Reporter” and the author of their article

James:
I want to hear what the President has to say, like any other American. However, he seems to have become a daily show and we hear from him constantly.

To the point of your article, the last couple of strikes and the havoc they played on scheduling for programs that were very popular combined with the many interruptions to programming, I have begun to just skip TV.

I am just spending more doing other things as the TV cannot be depended on the deliver regularly scheduled programming. Heck, one show, “The Unit”, is supposed to air on Sundays. Well, why make popcorn when the show is rarely on. Desperate Housewives was on and then they had a strike and I could not figure when they were going to be on. This reminds me of the Sopranos who would skip seasons

It is becoming clear that having brand new flat screen TV and paying for cable to receive programming is not such a good value, since no one can figure scheduling. And, don’t buy into DVR’s are playing havoc with the networks. We still schedule time to sit and watch programs.

With the President having so many news conferences, pre-empting scheduling and the inability of the networks to provide a consistent schedule I just watch less TV.

The news conference will likely interrupt Dancing with the Stars as well.

Anyway, you probably receive a million letters. Just thought you might encapsulate this to the big wigs at the networks.

Regards,


82 posted on 03/19/2009 9:43:06 AM PDT by Vendome
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To: Rightly Biased

I agree with Mrs. Rightly Biased that the Idol watchers will be waaaay ticked off. I think they’ll turn on Idol if they’re not already aware of Loser’s pre-empting and they’ll be MAD MAD MAD and off will go the TV.

I don’t watch much TV but Idol’s one of my favorite shows just so I can watch how the contestants hone their skills from week to week. I have to admit I was very ticked to hear about the Loser AGAIN wanting to speak on Tuesday during that time slot.

I think he chose it on purpose as he thinks he’ll have a big audience. He’s w-r-o-n-g.


83 posted on 03/19/2009 9:45:53 AM PDT by leapfrog0202
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

I have a simple soution that all parties would like: Have The Messiah take commercial breaks every 8-10 minutes or so, to allow the Nets to recoup their lost revenue from the pre-empted programs. It’s a win-win.

As far as the broadcasting suits are concerned, programming is “the stuff that happens between the commercial breaks.”

‘Bama would appreciate having the breaks to give his “tennis neck” a rest while the TelePrompTer is reloaded with the next script segment.


84 posted on 03/19/2009 9:52:55 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Pretending the Admin Moderator doesn't exist will result in suspension.)
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To: Russ
You end up hiding when they ring the door bell.

lol, you made me think of TOTUS looking in your window

85 posted on 03/19/2009 9:55:23 AM PDT by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: Rightly Biased

You know I think you are onto something. The guy just can’t stand anyone else being “the idol”


86 posted on 03/19/2009 9:58:36 AM PDT by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: KansasGirl

What the heck is Obama’s telepromter addressing the nation for this time?


Something about a book deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2209922/posts

87 posted on 03/19/2009 10:27:34 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

I really wish something would go wrong with the teleprompter!


88 posted on 03/19/2009 10:31:07 AM PDT by Giddyupgo
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

Say it loud, say it PROUD:

O ne

B ig

A ss

M istake

A merica!


89 posted on 03/19/2009 10:35:39 AM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
The presidential election resulted in a fall season regularly interrupted by political news coverage, followed by primetime inauguration coverage, then two primetime speeches about the economy.

And I have yet to watch a one of them. Spit on him.
90 posted on 03/19/2009 10:36:06 AM PDT by JenB987
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To: chpmass

and I am sure people will get tired of him...they are already.


91 posted on 03/19/2009 10:41:08 AM PDT by cubreporter (Rush the greatest voice of CONSERVATISM! God Bless Rush Limbaugh!!!)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

This pisses me off. Bones, SVU, and Lie To Me are three of my favorite shows.


92 posted on 03/19/2009 10:45:34 AM PDT by Sandy
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

“Obama will take to the air next Tuesday evening on four broadcast networks and bump the most popular series on television, Fox’s “American Idol.”

Yeah, that will help his popularity among the zombies.


93 posted on 03/19/2009 10:58:09 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

"At a time when we're struggling not only financially but to build audiences, this doesn't help on either front," one network executive said... "We will all lose one or two million dollars for this."


Maybe they can get 0bama to pay for it: Obama made $2.5M in book royalties last year

94 posted on 03/19/2009 11:12:33 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: leapfrog0202

And unless programmers change thier guide info early enough all those DVR’s will record “American Idol” and get the “new idol” so it shows up in nielson


95 posted on 03/19/2009 11:27:39 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Ronald Reagan did not dye his hair! And if he did, it was only to intimidate the Russians!)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx

Having no TV, I’ll have to miss yet another one.

Will those of you who had the steel will necessary to listen and not off yourself give me a synopsis afterward?


96 posted on 03/19/2009 11:29:46 AM PDT by RobRoy
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To: KansasGirl
What the heck is Obama’s telepromter addressing the nation for this time?

Teleprompter: I am a cylon. The bombing begins in five minutes.

Obama: D@@@ it, that's not the speech you guys wrote for me!!!

...What do you mean, you're locked out??? How can you be locked out of a teleprompter???....

97 posted on 03/19/2009 11:44:49 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Liberalism: a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.)
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To: KansasGirl

I can find no confirmed reports of the official topic.
All the stories say it is ‘reported’ that he is considering using the opportunity to talk up his budget proposal.

Don’t you just love it?
He asks for a prime time slot without giving a firm topic or title for the address...


98 posted on 03/19/2009 11:50:25 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: Cheburashka

99 posted on 03/19/2009 1:30:31 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Even for a thin-skinned solipsistic narcissist, Obama seems a frightful po-faced pill." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: Tax-chick

BTTT


100 posted on 03/19/2009 2:43:52 PM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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