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  • espnfan
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    Per TV Guide: http://www.tvguide.com/News/CBS-NFL-Thursday-Night-Football-1077310.aspx

    I did not see anyone mention this recent news here, so I thought I would create a topic to discuss it. 

    In what has to be considered a major move and shakeup, CBS has recently acquired the rights to broadcast Thursday night football games starting next fall for the 2014 season.

    CBS will air eight regular season games, with the NFL Network airing the remaining six Thursday night football games scheduled.  There is no set date for when Thursday Night Football will debut on CBS this fall, as NBC has traditionally aired the first Thursday night game of the season as a part of their Sunday Night Football package.

    So far CBS has not announced any plans for what will happen to their regular Thursday night lineup.  Thursday night features two of CBS biggest shows, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. 

    In what has to be considered a surprise move, CBS has “sacrificed” their Thursday night line up for NFL Football.  I am sure the investment will be worth it, as the NFL usually delivers big ratings.  I am very curious though about what will happen with their other shows.  Not only are they taking away eight weeks of regular programming, they are also doing this right during pilot season, and losing two months traditionally used to launch new shows.   

    I wonder what others here think about this move.  Or if anyone has any ideas on what CBS might do with their regular Thursday night lineup.

     

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    vinny
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    If they move “TBBT” to Friday or Monday I will be very happy. Any other day will be bad.

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    That Don Guy
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    The most likely scheduling is, CBS games will be every Thursday from 9/11 through 10/30 (weeks 2-9 of the regular season).

    Also, a number of people have suggested that CBS’s Thursday schedule will be TBBT at 8:00 followed by the football game at 8:30 (with an 8:40 kickoff).  The only problem with this is, in the west, TBBT would air immediately after whenever the game ends, which would be “somewhere around 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific”, but try telling your DVR that.

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    espnfan
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    ^ That is a likely scenario, but I wonder if 8:40 is to late a start for a week night game?  Also, there is no word if CBS will have a pregame show or not.  I find it hard to believe CBS would not have a short 30 minute pregame show to help get people excited for the Thursday night game.  I doubt CBS would make the investment in football and not include a pregame show as a part of that package. 

    CBS is doing this package in partnership with the NFL Network.  I wonder if they may just have the pregame show on the NFL Network and then ask fans to switch over to CBS for the game itself.  That would free up a half hour of programming for CBS.

    While time wise it might work, to me The Big Bang Theory and NFL football do not really pair well together.  So that would be an odd choice of shows to pair together on Thursday nights. 

    I also wonder what will happen to the rest of the CBS Thursday night lineup.  Even if CBS does not renew The Millers or The Crazy Ones, they still have to find time for Elementary along with TBBT and 2.5 Men.  Of all the networks, CBS has the most stable weekly line-up, which leaves them with little to no flexibility when it comes to their schedule. 

    Between NFL Football and the holiday season from the end of Nov. through December, CBS is esentially giving up over three months of regular primetime programming one night a week.  I am very interested to see what they do with their shows next fall.  The NFL on Thursday night is a nice problem to have, but a problem nonetheless. 

    Considering essentially the majority of NBC’s Thursday night has totally collapsed this past fall, and the stuggles NBC has had on Thursday nights ratings wise for years, I am surprised NBC did not go for this.  They sure would get much higher ratings with NFL football than any comedies they have been showing the past several years.

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    Riley
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    The television season is thirty-five weeks and a standard full season of a television series is twenty-two episodes.  I think that we are just in for fewer repeats and maybe some reduced orders.

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    24Emmy
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    CBS’s Thursday schedule will just start in November.

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    Paul Vargo
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    I think they start in Nov sweeps and air fewer reruns. My guess you get all new episodes in Januaray which seems to be TBBT highest rating new episodes and less reruns durning March and early April.

    People think this could be it for Community or Park is wrong. I think NBC may be more likely to pick them seeing that atleast have loyal following as oppose as trying to lunch new shows that will just get killed.

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    Icky
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    I think most people know Community and ‘Parks’ are more than likely to return.

    I don’t see this as much of a big deal. It likely means a few less reruns and maybe a couple less episodes produced.

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