State of the Union impacting NCIS, This Is Us, Bull season 2, and more

State of the UnionJust in case you’re wondering why this Tuesday is going to feel like a ghost town for many of your favorite shows, there’s a simple reason for it: The State of the Union Address is rearing its head once more.

This address has a tendency to be something that gets in the way of programming in January, mostly because the major networks are all obligated to carry it. Regardless of your politics or your interest in watching, it really is just a firm part of the fabric of the country. It happens year after year.

So what shows are going to be ultimately impacted? It really is a number of your favorites, whether it be NCIS, This Is Us, Bull, Lethal Weapon, NCIS: New Orleans, or Chicago Med. Programming around the State of the Union is a risky endeavor, and as a result of this there’s not a huge desire for networks to risk it. If the State of the Union runs super-long, for example, there is a good chance that they won’t be able to air what they had planned previously.

Most of this programming is slated to air the following week on February 6, mostly because they all have to cram in their programming somewhere. The next few weeks are going to be rather confusing for most devoted TV fans, largely due to the impending presence of the Winter Olympics. The Games are going to keep most programming of the air for the majority of February.

So what networks are airing new programming?

NBC is airing a new Ellen’s Game of Games at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday; other than that, The CW really is your refuge since they don’t ever air the State of the Union and they won’t here, either. They’re running instead The Flash coupled with Black Lightning, which should allow for a little bit of something different for people out there who want to see things mixed up insofar as programming goes. Hey, it’s a chance if nothing else for The CW to get new viewers to their superhero shows; Black Lightning is off to an especially good start and it’s still early enough that there’s time to get hooked.

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