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Regardless of your political affiliation or your general attitude towards the American political process, it's impossible to deny that this month will see the end of an era in American politics. President Barack Obama's second term as President is about to come to an end, and as such, the farewell process has officially begun. In fact, the President is currently slated to give his farewell address this coming Tuesday, January 10, at 9 p.m. EST, and TV networks have already started to shift their schedules around to accommodate the historic event. Take a look at the modified schedule below to see for yourself:
8 PM --- The Wall
9 PM --- President Obama's Address
9:40 PM --- The Wall (Repeat, In Progress)
10 PM --- This Is Us
7 p.m. --- The Wall
8 p.m. --- President Obama's Address
8:40 p.m. --- The Wall _(Repeat, In Progress)
9 p.m. --- _This Is Us
7 p.m. --- President Obama's Address
7:40 p.m. --- The Wall _(Repeat, In Progress)
8 p.m. --- _This Is Us
9 p.m. --- The Wall (original)
8 p.m.--- The Wall
9 p.m. --- This Is Us
10 p.m. --- This Is Us (Repeat of Previous Episode)
9-9:30 p.m. --- President Obama's Address
9:30-10 p.m. --- The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
As you can plainly see from that schedule (courtesy of Deadline) NBC appears to be the network that has made the most changes in order to accommodate the Presidential farewell address. The timeslot for the speech lines up with the regular airtime of the hit freshman series This Is Us, and as such, the network has bumped the timeslot for the midseason premiere up by one hour. This means that the brand new episode of This Is Us will air at 10 p.m. EST, 9 p.m. CST, and twice back to back at 9 p.m. PST. Everything is expected to go back to normal the following week.
On CBS, things are a bit less complicated. The network cleared the 9 p.m. EST timeslot for President Obama's farewell address and then placed a rerun of The Big Bang Theory's Season 9 finale in the following timeslot. No fuss, no muss.
The sheer amount of shuffling performed by the networks to accommodate this speech makes plenty of sense within the context of recent events. This isn't an ordinary speech; it's the last public address to be given by Barack Obama after his eight-year term. And This Is Us' popularity is high enough that it definitely wasn't worth it for NBC to skip out on the airing altogether.
CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant updates related to your most highly anticipated upcoming TV premieres (as well as President Obama's upcoming farewell speech), as new information is made available to us. For now, make sure to go through our comprehensive midseason premiere guide and fill out your television viewing schedules accordingly!