There are last-minutes changes that are going to be made across the board when it comes to the TV lineup airing on Monday night thanks to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast, so with that in mind, be sure to keep checking back to this page. (If you are on the east coast, we hope that you are safe and have a found a place to ride out the storm.)
First things first, let’s talk scripted series. CBS has already confirmed that all of their Monday night shows, including new “How I Met Your Mother,” “2 Broke Girls,” and “Hawaii Five-0” episodes, have been pushed back for a week to accommodate storm coverage. Repeats of these shows will air instead in select markets not showing storm coverage. The CW will be doing the same thing with both “Gossip Girl” and “90210,” who really cannot afford lower ratings than they already have.
Fox is going to be all repeats since this evening was originally scheduled to be baseball, so there’s no change there at all. Meanwhile, NBC and ABC seem to be at the moment pushing forward with both “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Voice,” and the scripted shows that follow in “Castle” and “Revolution” should follow suit pending last-minute changes. The issue here with the reality shows is that their schedules are mapped out in a very specific way due to live programming, and pushing them back a week would end up messing up the plans.
We’ve already told you that “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will not be airing Monday thanks to the storm, and we can also add now that the same can be said for both “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” which both tape from New York City. Both “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Late Show with David Letterman” are moving forward with their plans to air new episodes, but will be doing so without a studio audience.
As said, we will keep you updated if there are any major changes coming up on the pipeline; we think it is likely that NBC and ABC will hold firm, mostly because they want to capitalize on the lead-ins to the best of their ability.
Update: We’re hearing now from NBC that Tuesday night’s “Go On” will not air due to the storm, but there is no word yet on “The New Normal.”
Update 2: Sadly, the Halloween episode of “The New Normal” has now also been pushed back.