Network TV’s Crazy Season

“It’s almost comic. Viewers want consistency. They want to know a show is on a certain night at a certain time — without fail, every week. But with five broadcast networks to pick from (don’t mention cable or the Internet), and an average of about 30 new shows to choose from, not to mention returning series, viewers can be excused for being confused. It takes them weeks to sample, to settle in. But in the TV business, weeks of waiting cause executives to go temporarily insane. They start playing tricks, like moving shows to special nights and times.”