Tuesday, September 11, 2012

REDUCING DVRMAGGEDON:  After much complaining, CBS has finally realized that they need to recognize that football always delays their Sunday schedule, so on weekends when there's a national doubleheader, the official CBS Sunday schedule on the East Coast will be:
  • 7:30--60 Minutes
  • 8:30--The Amazing Race
  • 9:30--The Good Wife
  • 10:30--The Mentalist
  • 11:30--Local news.
It's not quite a perfect solution, as this schedule is only effective for national doubleheaders, and leaves the possibility of a game running short and CBS having to fill 15 minutes with something weird (because of rights issues with NBC, I believe they can't do highlights) or a game running into overtime. 


  1. Lurker David2:24 PM

    So advertisements for The Amazing Race, for example, will be:

    "This week, tragedy occurs in the first 15 minutes, but it's completely irrelevant to the result.  The Amazing Race, Sunday at 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central, 8:00 Pacific."  

  2. Squid3:04 PM

    I don't know about this.  I've become rather accustomed to firing up Amazing Race on the TiVo and engaging in a bit of wagering with my wife on "What minute will show on the stopwatch?"

  3. I'm going to miss the ads and footers that tell all the non-techy viewers how to set their DVRs for overruns.

  4. I'm going to miss the ads and footers that tell all the non-techy viewers how to set their DVRs for overruns.

  5. (If I can't pick on Matt's grammar, the terrorists will have won, so ...)

    CBS is an "it," not a "they," and it takes a singular verb. :)

  6. Are we going to have to do a post about the ongoing debate about "is" and "are" for collective nouns?  Nowhere is it more confusing than with band names.  "The Beatles was a band" sounds weird, but "U2 are a band" sounds weird too.  I stick with "if it sounds right...."

  7. Joseph Finn5:03 PM

    I'm pretty sure this one is clear, Matt; CBS is a company, a singular, so it would be "that it needs to recognize that football always delays its Sunday schedule."

  8. Squid5:25 PM

    Whether it's singular or plural, could we at least ask for agreement within the sentence?

  9. otherwise, it would need to read "CBS have finally realized that they ..."

  10. Jay G.7:35 PM

    The NFL moved the late doubleheader kickoffs back this year to 4:25. 

  11. CBS is a company, which is an abstraction or legal fiction that acts, if at all, only derivatively through the actions of its employees, officers, directors, agents, and other representatives.  Use of "they" (or other plural configurations) seems entirely appropriate to me.