The World Series Bumps CBS's Friday-Night Lineup; Fox's Fringe Is Officially Benched

If you're a fan of CBS's Friday-night schedule, David Freese is your new enemy. The Cardinals outfielder led off the bottom of the 11th inning of World Series Game 6 with a home run last night, forcing tonight's Game 7. And that's causing chaos in television scheduling.

CBS has pulled out of its Friday lineup, opting to yank new episodes of CSI: NY, A Gifted Man, and Blue Bloods so as not to see them crushed in the ratings by one of professional sports' biggest attractions. I know I'd rather watch a World Series Game 7 than Patrick Wilson. CBS will instead air a rerun of the Gifted Man pilot at 8pm, a year-old episode of CSI: Miami ("Sudden Death") at 9pm, and a February episode of CSI: NY ("Smooth Criminal") at 10pm.

And according to the official Twitter feed of Fox's Fringe, the decision to bump tonight's new episode is official. Look for it at the same time next Friday. Also getting the boot is Kitchen Nightmares, which was originally scheduled to air at 8pm.

This all started because Wednesday's game was rained out, pushing the final two games of the series back by one day. As of press time, the forecast for tonight in St. Louis was party cloudy with a 10 percent chance of precipitation, so it's unlikely the game will be rained out, and everything should return to normal next week.

Primetime sports often mess up TV schedules, particularly during playoffs, but when we get to witness incredible games like last night's, it's so worth it.


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bullshit - sports suck. I tune into fox for their great television not their crap sports games - a gigantic waste of airtime.
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I wish networks allowed the viewer the option of what to watch.



example:

If you would like to watch the live news report on the latest weather disaster call 555-555-1234



If you would like to continue watching the regular scheduled program call 555-555-4321

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What kind of sport is this that you can't play when it's raining -.- I mean, is so boring rain might actually help. And, more people are at home when it's raining watching TV...so more rating. Plus Friday is night out...you have to be diehard baseball fan for staying home and watch a game.
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Yes, Baseball can be boring, but playing this sport in the rain, as opposed to football, is dangerous. Wet and slippery hands trying to throw 90+ mph fastballs...surely it'd be fun to watch, but it's never gonna happen.
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Not to mention they play on dirt. That would turn into mud in no time and the pitcher would have difficulty planting his foot without spraining his ankle. Baserunners and fielders would be slipping, the grass for outfielders would be incredibly dangerous.
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I don't watch sports so I'm hoping the networks will use the new Digital channel technology to breakout one of the "side" channels (like they have 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, etc. and dedicate a new one to sports and let us keep primetime stuff on the first channel - seems that would keep everyone happy.... and make use of this new Digital signal stuff they took our analog service away for....
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And have the two compete with each other? Yeah right....
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At least NBC didn't mess up Chuck. :)
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That's a matter of opinion.
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No team ever deserved to lose a world series as much as the Texas Rangers. Hopefully they won't get a third chance to show the world how pathetic they are.
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Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. It's like a premature season ending cliff hanger and I don't like it.
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and can i say nikita had one of the best eps of this season tongiht.
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i watch grimm, sn is really bad now, far as fringe ill watch it on demand b/c fox will i never know when fringe gone air a new ep or an old one or if it will even come on tht week.grimm live,sn im out and fringe on demand:)
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At least we have grimm and supernatural tonight, oh well.
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nooooo ooooooooooooooo #%!$ %&??!?=" .... #$%$% !"#$%$&#" %$!"#!$@@ @@^~^
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Just so you all know, David Freese created a different timeline.

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Are you fu"@& kidding me? I can't see FRINGE and Peter's comeback because of some men hitting a ball I'm realliy pissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This is good news for MLB, I imagine. For years we've been told that baseball really doesn't interest people and the ratings for the World Series haven't been high. This year, the World Series is doing so well in the ratings that competing networks adjusting their schedules so as not to waste new shows on in a losing battle. I guess NBC can't postpone its premieres since they were already moved back a week.
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I think you meant 'one of professional US sports' biggest attractions', the rest of the world doesn't give a ****, and that's a big percentage of all the people alive today 90%+.
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As long as Grimm premieres tonight, I don't care too much. (I am still behind on Fringe, so this saves me some time. I do feel bad for other fans though)



... and Tim, it's not Patrick Wilson's fault A Gifted Man is boring... he's a great actor. Just another case of a great actor on a not so good show.
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If there's any karmic justice, the Card's will lose tonight.
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just wondering is fox sports part of the basic tv package for most providers

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NO. NO. NO. I NEED FRINGE. One week without was bad enough.
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This SUCKS!!!!
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Look like Cardinals aren't the only one who wanted peter to stay disappeared :(
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At first, I was annoyed. Then, I realized that I don't have to choose between shows tonight. I can watch Chuck at 8 pm and Grimm at 9 pm without missing new episodes of A Gifted Man and CSI: NY (and Blue Bloods)!
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For the record I love Fringe and I love baseball. However, the Rangers should have shut down the Cardinals last night so we could have gotten back to our regularly schedule programming tonight.
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nooooo
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f*cking baseball.. boo-urns!

What? Not enough sports channels to carry that damn thing???
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Luckily, I have nothing on tonight, but I feel bad for those who watch these shows. I was in a similar boat with "Raising Hope" most of this past month, but it will finally return to Fox on Nov. 1st!
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Damn sports.
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Sports rule the world. Let's get use to that. I'll definitely be watching MLB Game Se7en.
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I will be watching Chuck and Grimm, followed by Sanctuary. No World Series for me. If I want to check the score I will go online for it.
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no big deal I will watch Nikita, Supernatural, then Sanctuary and record Star Wars the Clone Wars and Thunder Cats I don't watch Fringe, Gifted Man or Blue Bloods, but I do watch CSI NY usually I would watch Stars Wars Thunder Cats CSI NY then Sanctuary, then record Nikita and Supernatural so not really a game changer for me GO RANGERS
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They should bump the baseball for Fringe.

pft. not happy.
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I'd like to add I don't think too much of CBS now if they think the game would ruin their ratings. Guess they think more of the ratings then they do of their audience!
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Very disappointed about Fringe. But at least it'll be back next week. Also, disappointed about not getting to see the season finale of Bones before next week's season premiere. Didn't see the episode when it aired in May so I WAS looking forward to that episodes airing again.
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Too bad. Guess I'll be watching some stuff I've got on the dvr. Left baseball during the last strike and refuse to go back to it. Luckily enough, the cats aren't interested either!!
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Rangers fans and Fringe fans with the 'NOOOOOOOOOOO' heard around the world.
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I screamed something a tad more profane, but I know what you mean.
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Sadness :( I was so looking forward to seeing Peter...
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Come onnn how much of Fringe's audience are devoted baseball fans?
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Thank you Texas bullpen for twice blowing a 2-run lead, and twice being 1 strike away from victory. Now I have to wait another week for Fringe...
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baseball ruins lives! stop screwing with my TV schedule.. you know, there's this channel that Fox created specifically for sports called Fox SPORTS! air this stuff there and give me back my shows!
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Gonna froze myself untill Friday, Fringe is worth it.
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Noooo! WHY did there have to be a game 7?!
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