Susan Boyle on America’s Got Talent moves Obama’s press conference, which Fox ignores for SYTYCD

Prime-time broadcast TV is going to be rearranged Wednesday night thanks in part to both Susan Boyle and Barack Obama. The president’s prime-time press conference will occupy the 8 p.m. ET hour on all networks except Fox, which will keep its scheduled two-hour So You Think You Can Dance, which is its 99th episode.

Obama’s plans for a press conference at 9 p.m. was met by resistance from all of the networks except CBS, in part because NBC is airing Susan Boyle’s appearance on America’s Got Talent 4 at 9, which led the press conference to be bumped back to 8 p.m. The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes asks if “the president of the United States — leader of the free world — move his Wednesday news conference from 9 to 8 p.m. to get out of the way of ‘America’s Got Talent’?” The answer appears to be yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which says “NBC demonstrated reluctance to carry Obama’s news conference live” so “the White House moved its start time to 8 p.m.”

Regardless of the president, I find presidents demanding prime-time broadcast coverage at the last minute to be obnoxious–unless, of course, there’s actually some kind of breaking news; there’s no need for networks to give up ad dollars and disrupt their schedules essentially for political reasons, which George Bush did repeatedly, too. Real news? Interrupt prime-time programming all week. But if you want to schedule a prime-time fireside chat, do that in advance.

Anyway, here’s tonight’s modified reality TV schedule, which, incredibly, TV Guide and Yahoo TV and others still aren’t showing:

8 p.m. ET: So You Think You can Dance, Fox
9 p.m. ET: Wipeout, ABC; America’s Got Talent 4, NBC
10 p.m. ET: I Survived a Japanese Game Show, ABC

Whoever Has ‘Talent’ Has Clout, Too [Washington Post]
Most will carry Obama press conference; time shifted after NBC balked [Hollywood Reporter]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.