Baseball Messes Up Everything: Updates on 'Fringe', 'Chuck', 'Grimm' and More
Baseball Messes Up Everything: Updates on 'Fringe', 'Chuck', 'Grimm' and More
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Stupid major sporting events making things difficult for TV watchers.

Thanks to an impressive rally by the St. Louis Cardinals during game 6 of the 2011 World Series, pretty much everything scheduled for normal television viewing on this Friday night has been messed up. What exactly has been changed?

Obviously, the most dramatic changes are coming to FOX, the network having the pleasure of airing this unexpectedly exciting World Series. Thanks to a rain-out on Wednesday, game 6 got pushed to Thursday. With the Texas Rangers leading the series 3-2 going into that game, there was every chance in the world that Friday-night programming would not be affected.

Oh well.

The result of this, for FOX, is that the network's regularly scheduled programming of Kitchen Nightmares at 8pm and Fringe at 9pm will be preempted by the baseball. Viewers hoping for new episodes of these series will have to wait until next week, November 4, for the episodes originally scheduled for tonight.

It's hard to maintain your position as the number 1 network when a competitor has all the World Series fun going on. CBS, therefore, isn't even going to try to compete with FOX this Friday. All of the network's regularly-scheduled, new episodes have been pulled.

There were supposed to be new episodes for three Friday-night dramas on CBS: A Gifted Man at 8pm, CSI: New York at 9pm and Blue Bloods at 10pm. The new World Series-influenced lineup gives us a repeat of the Gifted Man pilot at 8pm, a CSI: Miami repeat at 9pm ("Sudden Death") and a CSI: New York repeat ("Smooth Criminal") at 10pm.

Obviously, bad things befall a network that dares to delay the return of Chuck.

The spy comedy was originally set to begin season 5 last Friday, October 21. But then NBC decided to save Chuck and its new companion, Grimm, to air during the pre-Halloween week. Both shows are now set to air tonight, Friday, October 28 at 8pm (Chuck) and 9pm (Grimm).

Bad idea, NBC.

Is Chuck still awesome? Of course. Read our season 5 review to find out why!

Thanks to the previous delay of Chuck and Grimm, NBC has no plans to push those shows back even further. This is great news for anybody looking for something non-baseball to fill their evenings. It's not so great news for NBC -- or for Chuck and Grimm.

Major sporting events are always a ratings issue for the competition, and an unexpected game 7 of the World Series is going to be a major hit against NBC's Friday-night lineup.

We can only hope that NBC (and the advertisers) won't hold it against them.

Is Grimm worth the switch over from baseball? Click here for our review!

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