ABC and NBC Shuffle Around January Schedules
ABC and NBC Shuffle Around January Schedules
ABC really wants to torpedo the premiere of The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition.  Following NBC's announcement that they were moving back The Celebrity Apprentice's premiere one week (from January 3 to January 10) to avoid college football and the final pre-strike episode of Grey's Anatomy, ABC announced today that they were moving back the final pre-strike episode of Grey's Anatomy to December 10 as well.  Both shows are set to air at 9pm.  Both of these announcements are accompanied by major shuffling of air dates for ABC and NBC shows.  Here's a look at where the final pre-strike episodes of some of ABC and NBC series will now fall. 

ABC:

Women's Murder Club's final pre-strike episode will air on Friday, January 4 at 9pm.

Desperate Housewives' final pre-strike episode will air on Sunday, January 6 at 9pm.  Cashmere Mafia will air its series premiere on the same night at 10pm. 

Grey's Anatomy's
final pre-strike episode will air on Thursday, January 10 at 9pm.

Brothers and Sisters' final three pre-strike episodes will air on January 13, 20 and 27, all Sundays at 10pm.  

NBC:

The Celebrity Apprentice will air its two-hour season premiere on Thursday, January 10 at 9pm.

On Thursday, January 17 NBC will air the final pre-strike episodes of My Name is Earl, 30 Rock and ER in their regular time slot.  Scrubs will likely return to airwaves on January 24 now and not January 17, like previously reported. 


The reality of the strike is making itself known.  By the end of January, almost every pre-strike episode of scripted shows will have aired, leaving lonely a select few (like Lost) among a sea of reality programming.  I kind of love the ruthlessness of ABC in pitting Grey's Anatomy against a helpless The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition.  That's the business, folks.


-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: The Futon Critic
(Image Courtesy of ABC)

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