How To Find "The Office" This Week
When Ch. 5 folks bought local TV rights to Thursday’s Bengals-Ravens telecast – a simulcast of the new NFL Network – they figured it could be a good game. But they didn’t anticipate that NBC would chose the day after November sweeps to relaunch a two-hour comedy block, with new episodes of "The Office" and the entire Thursday lineup (even "ER"). So while Bengals fans are happy, "The Office" fans definitely are not.
"We’re getting a lot of e-mails from fans of 'The Office.' They want to know when to set their DVRs. Most people recognize it’s a good decision to carry the Bengals, and we’re trying to provide the best of both worlds, even if on a slight delay," Dyer said this morning
"This is unusual. The network usually goes into reruns, at least temporarily, right after sweeps ends," he says.
Getting the Bengals game was a coup. It’s a crucial rematch, with playoff implications for the Bengals. And with Time Warner refusing to carry the NFL Network, and with Insight cable carrying the channel but not the eight NFL games (too expensive, they say), Ch 5 is the only way to see the 8 p.m. Thursday game – unless you have a dish.
But if you want to see "The Office," you’ll have to wait until Saturday – unless you can get
--"My Name Is Earl," Saturday.
--"The Office," Saturday.
--"Scrubs," Sunday (late Saturday)
--"30 Rock," Sunday (late Saturday)
I was in a Comcast cable home for Thanksgiving – in
Prairie Home Companion
On the drive back from
"The Nine" is down to zero. ABC has pulled the serial drama from Wednesday – the last day of sweeps – for a "20/20." ABC says it’s on hiatus and returns sometime later in the season. (Yeah, sure.) ABC also has moved Anne Heche’s "Men In Trees" to Thursday in place of "Six Degrees." Sweeps end Wednesday. More shows will be pulled. Which ones are goners?