Hurricane Sandy is forcing a number of broadcasting networks to second-guess their programming plans for Monday night.
According to TODAY, CBS and CW are just a couple of the broadcasting networks that have decided to air reruns instead of their previously scheduled originals. This will only add several series to the growing pile that already includes ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central’s Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to cause power outages along the seaboard throughout the next day or so, and that would reduce the amount of ratings for original programming.
Even though CBS has yet to issue a formal statement on programming changes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned from multiple represenatives associated with shows from the Monday lineup that they will now be repeats. That includes new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Partners, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, and Hawaii Five-0, many of which are Halloween themed episodes.
When contacted by The Hollywood Reporter, a rep for NBC said that no changes were currently expected for the schedule. That means the network’s typically dominant block of The Voice and Revolution will air originals as planned.
ABC is the only network with a live telecast (Dancing With the Stars) on the lineup. The two-hour episode, which films in L.A., is still scheduled to tape and air as originally planned. ABC also has an original episode of “Castle” slotted for 10 p.m.
FOX has yet to make a decision about their programming plans. The network, which just finished its postseason baseball coverage with game four of the World Series, is airing a previously scheduled encore of The X Factor between 8 and 10 p.m