Question: There clearly must be something magical about Mondays. What is it with the insistence of every network to schedule all of their decent shows on Monday evening? In just the one night, I am expected to watch Prison Break, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Heroes, How I Met Your Mother and now Chuck as well. Yet, come Wednesday, the schedule is about as interesting as Paris Hilton reading a book entitled "The Future of Plumbing". I can't be the only person who shares an interest in these same shows, so would it hurt to spread them out a bit, please, people?
Answer: The Monday battleground has been a very popular topic so far this season, and now that nearly everything is in place — with only NBC's My Own Worst Enemy (premiering next week) a no-show so far — the dilemma is becoming even more pronounced. I'm with you that a few of these shows should be given a chance elsewhere on the schedule, and Wednesdays would seem a likely option for both NBC and Fox. I'd love to see Fox try pairing the imperiled Terminator at 9/8c after Bones, now that the comedy block has collapsed, and Chuck could be rescued as well from this logjam. (As I've previously suggested, hammocking Chuck between Deal or No Deal and a rescued Law & Order would be one solution, once Knight Rider and Lipstick Jungle, neither of which deserved a fall slot, are kicked to the curb.) This is all backseat amateur programming, of course, but it's hard not to play the game when you look at the landscape and make the common-sense observation that Mondays are entirely too full and Wednesdays entirely too empty. One explanation why Mondays are so busy is that the networks (Fox, CBS and NBC in particular) use their Sunday football franchises to heavily promote programming for the following night. The problem is: Most football fans are already engaged with Monday Night Football over at ESPN, and football fans are notoriously fickle when it comes to luring them to most scripted programming of any sort.