From The Washington Post (I know -- that says it all too)
Obama's Preemptive Strike
Broadcasters are bracing themselves for the likelihood of three prime-time interruptions in three weeks, totaling at least three hours of prime time -- and ad breaks -- yanked.
"His economic stimulus package apparently does not extend to the TV networks," one network exec noted.
Obama's reps have alerted broadcasters that the president will hold a news conference Monday, according to network execs. It's expected to eat up the first hour of prime time; that alone could cost broadcasters more than $9 million in lost ad revenue.
Monday preemptions are particularly problematic for broadcasters, what with it becoming one of the most competitive nights this season. This Monday at 8, for instance, to accommodate Obamavision, Fox would have to pull an original episode of its extremely popular "House." Price tag: about $3 million.
CBS would have to yank two of its successful sitcoms, "Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother," though the network would probably swap its expected-to-be-low-rated "Worst Week" at 9:30 p.m. for the "Big Bang" episode. Final price tag: about $2 mil.
ABC would probably start "The Bachelor" at 9 instead of 8, and scrub its 10 p.m. reality series "True Beauty." Price tag: $1.5 million-ish.
And NBC might chose to preempt "Chuck." Price tag: $1.5 million to $2 million.
Of course, Obama has picked one of the biggest viewership nights of the week for his appearances
The movie "Network" combined with today's news
LISTEN TO THE PRESIDENT MONDAY -- JUDGE FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT THE TALKING HEADS' ANALYSIS -- THEN TURN YOUR TV'S OFF