Why wait for the Olympics next month to witness grueling competition--just watch the broadcasters roll out their midseason prime-time schedules in the coming weeks.
CBS and ABC might be running neck-and-neck for gold and silver medals in most major demographics, but the return of American Idol on January 17 likely will propel Fox Broadcasting into the mix.
"January is going to be a lot more interesting than it usually is," said Kelly Kahl, senior executive vice president of programming operations at CBS. "Everyone is anxious to make a statement before the Olympics come in. The intensity is greater than in the past, with some big shows on the move."
Among the shows trying new time slots in January are ABC's summer hit Dancing with the Stars and NBC's hottest new half-hour, My Name Is Earl ...Read more
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