WASHINGTON, December 23, 2013 – With everyone’s attention focused on holiday preparations, all but one of the major broadcast networks chose to schedule reruns tonight. For those who prefer original programming, NBC is airing “The Sing-Off” season finale followed by the return of “Hollywood Game Night” starting at 8 p.m.
The finale of the “The Sing-Off” will include performances by 98 Degrees, Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and Pentatonix. The freakishly talented group Pentatonix was the season three winner of “The Sing-Off,” setting the bar incredibly high for any future champion. Since posting its version of “Little Drummer Boy” on YouTube in late November, the video has been viewed by over 23 million people.
For all of the “Scrooges” out there who have yet to embrace Christmas cheer, we challenge you to watch this amazing video and not be moved, if only for a short while.
Since the NFC playoff picture depends in part on the results of tonight’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons, it will easily attract the biggest TV audience. San Francisco can lock up a playoff berth by beating the Falcons in tonight’s final “Monday Night Football” game of the season. The game airs on ESPN at 8:25 p.m.
For those who have yet to watch an episode of the reality show “Duck Dynasty,” A&E network is airing yet another marathon starting tonight at 7 p.m. Since indefinitely suspending Phil Robertson for anti-gay remarks he made in an interview, A&E has milked the controversy by airing marathons of the show.
According to A&E, most of season four of “Duck Dynasty” was filmed and completed before the network suspended Robertson. This means that when the reality show returns on January 15, it will include the participation of the banned patriarch.
If Robertson was truly banned for his remarks, A&E would pull every episode that included him. This confirms our suspicion that the outrage of A&E over Robertson’s comments is nothing more than contrived nonsense.
No doubt A&E is hoping that the unprecedented fan backlash will subside before it has to negotiate with the Duck family for season five, but the network has obviously underestimated the resolve of the show’s fans.
Meanwhile A&E will continue to rake in the advertising dollars and add to the $400 million the “Duck Dynasty” franchise has already generated for the network. For the millions of people who have declared they will boycott A&E till the network reinstates Phil Robertson, we suggest the marathon of “My Cat From Hell” airing tonight on Animal Planet as a suitable replacement.
Cats aren’t quite as controversial as people and they are just as entertaining. Besides, funny cat videos may be the only thing more popular on social networking than “Duck Dynasty.”