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Sunday night is a time for unwinding after the weekend. Generally, my routine involves folding the laundry while I watch Amazing Race and then Desperate Housewives. After which, I spend some time with the husband and head off to bed for a good nights rest before my return to the grind on Monday morning. The problem is, Amazing Race rarely comes on when its supposed to anymore. Instead, due to whatever sporting event CBS aired earlier in the day (I’m pretty sure its football), everything in their primetime line-up gets bumped back.
The Amazing Race is set to air on CBS at 8:00 pm. I noticed the other day that when CBS airs commercials for the reality series, they don’t actually say “8:00 p.m.” but rather, “after 60 Minutes” so its safe to say they’re aware that their daytime programming is going to run over and screw up their primetime lineup.
Forget about Tivoing the series. With Tivo, it will only update its recording schedule if the time of the episode officially changes in the listings. Since that never happens with Amazing Race, it will automatically record whatever’s on at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. So if I’m out on Sunday night and check my Tivo for the episode later, what I’ll usually find is the tale end of 60 Minutes and then the beginning of Amazing Race. My only other option, if I really wanted to be sure my DVR will record the entire episode, is to set Tivo to record whatever’s scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on CBS. That just gets messy (especially if the 9:00 p.m. show doesn’t air for whatever reason) and the point of having a DVR is to not have to worry about this sort of thing in the first place, right?
The DVR problem isn’t my big complaint here though. This kind of thing happens; I realize that. Shows get moved around. If life has taught me one thing its that not everything goes according to schedule. The issue I’m having is that if I miss an episode of the series, there’s no way for me to catch it anywhere else. As far as I’ve been able to tell, CBS isn’t rerunning the episodes, nor do they have them available to view on their website.
Ok, sure, it’s just a reality series but I was actually getting into this season and now I’m about ready to wash my hands of it. If I can’t be sure if I’m going to be able to see the next episode, why bother watching at all? I’m certainly not going to rearrange my Sunday night for the show. I have no interest in 60 Minutes and I’m not going to sit through it just to wait for Amazing Race to start.
This brings me to my final point. We TV watchers have become pretty spoiled (and yes, even lazier than we were before the digital age). In an age of DVRs, TV on DVD and streaming video, we have many ways to keep up with our favorite shows. In this case, it almost seems like CBS is just ignoring their Amazing Race viewers. It’s almost as though they’re saying, “Hey, Amazing Race fans: new episodes will air sometime around 8 p.m. on Sunday nights. Be sure to watch whatever we have on around that time and sooner or later your show will come on. If you miss it, too bad.”
So to the network with the big eye, here’s my request: If you’re going to allow sports to mess with your Sunday night primetime lineup, can you at least stream Amazing Race on your website or rerun it some time later in the week so we can DVR it?
Amazing Race 12 (CBS) 8:00ish pm
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Desperate Housewives (ABC) 9:00 pm
Something’s Coming - (New!) This looks like a big episode. A tornado is coming to Wisteria Lane and things get pretty messy.
Tin Man (Part 1 of 3) (Sci Fi) 9:00 pm
Into the Storm - (New!) Speaking of Tornados, check out Sci Fi’s original miniseries, a re-imagined version of The Wizard of Oz.
Chuck (NBC) 8:00 pm
Chuck Versus the Crown Vic (New!) – Chuck goes undercover as Sarah’s husband to go after a counterfeiter with political ties. Meanwhile, Buy More has a holiday party but the staff has to abide by some strict rules.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 pm
Arrivederci, Fiero (rerun) – It’s a rerun but this is actually a pretty good episode. It’s the one where Marshall’s fiero is about to hit 200,000 miles and the gang recalls some of their favorite memories with the car.
Heroes (NBC) 9:00 pm
Powerless (New!) – Peter and Hiro throw down, Maya finally figures out that Sylar’s not a knight in shining armer and Micah asks Niki to help him rescue Monica.
Reaper (CW) 9:00 pm
Cash Out (New!) – Sam, Ben and Sock go after an escaped soul that used to be a bank robber. Meanwhile, Sam stars secretly dating Cady.
Kid Nation (CBS) 8:00 pm
Where’s Bonanza, Dude? (New!) – The council members head off to meet the local Native Americans and leave Sophia in charge. Drama will surely ensue.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (ABC Family) 8:00 pm
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My Name Is Earl (NBC) 8:00 pm
Early Release (New!) – When Earl finds out that the warden isn’t planning on letting him out early as promised, he and the gang organize a good old-fashioned prison break.
Ugly Betty (ABC) 8:00 pm
Bananas for Betty (New!) – Betty and Henry go on a double date with Hilda and Gio. Hilda and Gio?! This should be interesting.
30 Rock (NBC) 8:30 pm
Secrets and Lies (New!) – Jack and C.C. consider going public with their relationship. Jenna and Tracy make Liz’s life more difficult with their needs.
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 9:00 pm
Crash Into Me (New!) Seth Green’s artery exploded all over Lexie in the Thanksgiving episode two weeks ago. This week we’ll find out whether or not she can help save his life. Meanwhile, Meredith continues to work on the guy trapped in the ambulance.
The Office (NBC) 9:30 pm
Business School (Rerun) This is the first episode that Joss Whedon directed. Michael visits Ryan’s business school as a guest speaker. Back at the office, Dwight tries to trap a bat.
Movies Rock! A celebration of Music & Film (CBS) 9:00 p.m.
Musicians and movie stars get together to celebrate the role music has played in film.
The Santa Clause 2 (ABC Fam) 7:00 p.m.
For a sequel, this movie is actually pretty good. In the first Santa Clause, Tim Allen played Scott Calvin, a man who took over the role of Santa Claus. In this sequel, Santa has to find a bride. The task proves much more difficult than he would have planned. While he’s off trying to find a wife, his replacement (a cloned Santa-robot-toy) gets drunk on power and makes a mess of the North Pole. This movie is kid-friendly, will probably make you laugh and is actually kind of romantic.