It’s only been a week, but the strike has done plenty of damage. Late night TV is kaput. Saturday Night Live, too. (Poor Jonah Hill, of Superbad fame, was slated to host.) But it’s Mondays that may suffer the most. Production of 24 has been delayed, with the possibility that Fox may even hold showing the seventh season until next Fall, in order to make sure it airs uninterrupted. Don’t the networks know that if they postpone 24, the terrorists win? End the strike now. Give the writers whatever they want. Please.
In the meantime, enjoy your last episode of the Big Bang Theory for the foreseeable future. Production has shut down. And tonight’s is the last that they have in the can. Also, Billy Crystal is honored with the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor (PBS, 9 PM). Plenty of comedians who you could have sworn were dead will be on hand to celebrate.
“From John Langley, producer of the groundbreaking Cops”—uh oh—“comes the next big law enforcement reality series”—oh no—“Jail” (MyNetworkTV, 9:00 PM). Where does Mr. Langley come up with these ideas? It’s really just another dagger into the slow-beating heart of Tuesday nights. What else is there other than House (Fox, 9:00 PM)? And don’t say the Dancing With the Stars results show (ABC, 9:00 PM) …
Last weeks’ CMA Awards show was a big score for ABC and the network looks like it’s going to roll in November, with at least a month’s worth of episodes of Pushing Daisies (8:00 PM), Private Practice (9:00 PM) and Big Shots (10:00 PM) in the hopper. The same can’t be said for the Back to You (Fox, 8:00 PM) or ’Til Death (Fox, 8:30 PM), which are sitting right in the middle of the ratings pack. Production was shut down on both sitcoms.
And if you weren’t worried enough about the recent rash of noose and swastika sightings, tune into National Geographic’s American Skinheads (9:00 PM). It’s sure to get you all lathered up.
Cast members and writers of The Office (NBC, 9:00 PM) have been some of the more vocal and visible strikers in the last week. (The Culture Czar linked to this video they made while on the picket line. Warning: not funny. Potentially damaging if you like the characters of Toby, Ryan or Kelly.) Incidentally, and quite tragically, they only have one new episode left. (NBC plans on airing The Incredibles next week in this time slot.) The network finally gets its act together on Thursday nights and look what happens. Somebody confiscate all of Jeff Zucker’s belts and shoelaces.
Deal or No Deal (NBC, 8:00 PM) has three teams competing for $100 million—yowza!—to commemorate 100 years of the Hershey Kiss. The odds of these people winning the jackpot are about the same as having Howie Mandel’s sense of humor reappear.