The live network news coverage of the memorial service for victims of the shootings in Tucson played havoc with the regular TV schedule Wednesday night (Jan. 12), causing anguished cries of “Where’s my show?!” from fans of “Human Target,” “Cougar Town” and other series.
Here’s the of when you’ll be able to catch the episodes originally scheduled for Wednesday — and what happened to cause it.
– FOX says it will air the two “Human Target” episodes that were bumped Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. ET Friday (Jan. 14). The show moves off the schedule for a time next week to make room for “American Idol.”
– ABC rested “Better With You” for a week and is moving the “Cougar Town” episode that was scheduled for Wednesday, “A Thing About You,” to next Wednesday (Jan. 19). The two subsequent episodes will also slide back a week. (“Cougar Town” then goes on hiatus for a couple months to make way for new comedy “Mr. Sunshine,” so the episode originally scheduled for Feb. 2 will air after its return in April.)
Additionally, ABC says it will air an encore of the “Off the Map” season premiere after “Grey’s Anatomy” on Thursday night in place of “Private Practice.” The “PP” episode set for Thursday will now air Feb. 3.
– NBC will air the episode of “Chase” that was set for 9 p.m. Wednesday on the 19th, and subsequent episodes all move back one week. As there are only seven episodes remaining in its season, the move won’t affect the March 16 premiere of “America’s Next Great Restaurant.”
All those changes come as a result of longer-than-expected news coverage of the Tucson memorial, which included a speech by President Obama. Network coverage ended about 9:20 p.m. ET; NBC and FOX joined their shows (“Minute to Win It” and “Kitchen Nightmares”) in progress, while CBS aired “Live to Dance” in its entirety, which meant that “The Defenders” started about 10:20 p.m.
The oddest situation happened at ABC, which aired a new “Modern Family” in its entirety after its news coverage ended, then about nine minutes of a repeat in the Eastern and Central time zones (viewers out west saw the full rerun) so that “Off the Map” could start on time at 10 p.m.
For the record: An earlier version of this story stated that Friday’s “Human Target” episodes were the last two of the season. They are not; there are three more remaining in the order after that.