Thursday, January 26, 2006


This is a big week for TV news. UPN and the WB are busy merging, and NBC is busy rearranging their schedule, starting with the end of The West Wing.

The other big news is that when The Apprentice 5 launches on February 27 after the Olympics, it will have a new time slot and a new night, Mondays, right after Deal or No Deal. They are punting Las Vegas to another night.

I don't know if this is a good move. Isn't this the same night as 24 on FOX?! And doesn't CBS have a strong lineup of comedies, and ABC has The Bachelor?! This move to Monday may very well finish off this Apprentice show for good, given the competition. But they were getting killed by CSI on Thursdays. NBC also shows the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants on Mondays so they figure all the Trump fans will make a point of tuning in. Still, Thursdays just won't be the same.

The other story is the impending total destruction of Law and Order, which is being moved to 9PM Wednesday--- directly into the line of fire with ABC's Lost. Well, this is certain to be the end of the show. Lost is going to kill Law and Order on Wednesdays, and Law and Order will be cancelled. It's sad. There was all this talk of this show breaking Gunsmoke's record for longevity and so on and so forth, but I don't see how it makes it to 20 seasons if it is served up against Lost. Dick Wolf is an unhappy man today, I'm sure.

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