In the wake of the tragic explosions at the site of the Boston Marathon yesterday, ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted extra time on their schedules Monday night to keep viewers updated on any developments.
While all three networks expanded their nightly 6:30 newscasts for added coverage, NBC went even further and pre-empted original primetime programming to exploit the tragedy, swapping out a new episode of hit drama Revolution in favor of the NBC News special Terror In Boston, anchored by Brian Williams.
Network executives worried that the plot of the unaired episode, entitled "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," would be deemed insensitive because it involves a nuclear bomb possibly being ignited. Instead, it will air next week.
The hottest freshman series on NBC, Revolution was slated for a run of original episodes leading up to the season's May 27 conclusion, but as a result of the changes, the Season 1 finale has been bumped to June 3. The unusually late finale date means that the May sweeps period will already be over by the time the last two episodes are broadcast, not an ideal situation for the network, but any other solution threatens to disrupt viewership patterns.
"The original episode of Revolution that was scheduled to air last night will air next week (4/22) at 10/9c and all subsequent episodes will ripple accordingly," according to an NBC spokesperson. "Viewers will not miss anything in the ongoing storylines. The new season finale will now [air] one week later on Monday, June 3 at 10/9c."
Fortunately, by next week, we will have forgotten all about that news thing that happened. The Boston what now?