CBS Bumps Friday's Vegas for Scott Pelley-Hosted Boston Bombers News Special

ScoundrelsCBS is tweaking its primetime schedule to cover the unfolding events in Boston, which is on lockdown as authorities search for second bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

In place of Friday’s regularly scheduled Vegas at 9/8c, the network will air the one-hour Scott Pelley-hosted news special Boston Bombers. The Vegas episode will now air Saturday at 8/7c.

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Pelley will also anchor an expanded hour-long edition of Evening News at 6:30/5:30c.

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  1. David4 says:

    Coming to NBC this fall…


    If the news spent half the amount of time they do making the little graphics on getting facts right I would be happy.

  2. lll says:

    This is CBS, not NBC.

    Anyway If Vegas lived up to CBS standards more then this special would not come on. And it was supposed to be all new until the season (well, series) finale. Unless Vegas is coming on for two hours to make up for this, this move is a slap in the face to their fans.

    • Bab says:

      OMG! Drama much. Calm down. CBS is just doing what every other network is doing. Stop acting like they are targeting you personally. The article clearly says they are showing the episode on Saturday. You will get to see it.

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    Vegas is history. It’s obvious.

    • Chester, a Bostonian says:

      Not because of the Boston Bombers. They would do that with almost any program because the situation in Boston has been so serious. The less serious but very pressing problem is “The Demographic.” Vegas’ ratings are not that bad when looked on in total. They are often higher than other ‘hot’ programs. Older people have more money anyway. Why not target them. Vegas is fabulous. May have overdone it here with the messages, but I had a point to make about Boston.

  4. Bobbi says:

    Has no one ever heard of overkill? I would have watched Vegas tonight. I will not watch more on the Boston Bombers.

    • rebecca says:

      Do you live in the Boston area? I do, and there isn’t anything else on besides this. Even our sports channels are covering it live. My entire city is on lockdown, surreal to see it so empty.

      • Sg. Grant says:

        True, but it is still overkill for the rest of the country. They need to just let the 24/7 news networks have this one, and give the rest of us some entertainment to take our minds off of what is going on.

        • Chester, a Bostonian says:

          Hey there Sg. Grant, we have the country’s first suicide bomber, and you think the rest of the country should just ‘get a break from it’? Great American spirit there. Good to see we can all stand together.

          As it happened, the Boston Bomber show came on just as they caught the guy, so there was no hope for Vegas anyway. I really wish they would put it on the website, Hulu, and iTunes so we can get some relief. This has been one of the most stressful weeks of my life.

          The point here is that I want to watch Vegas too, but some of the people on this comment section has said callous that might offend people from Boston. They offend me.

          • Barry says:

            Chester, these 2 were not suicide bombers, they left the bombs and left the scene. If you want to know about a suicide bomber Google “PA. suicide bomber” from a month ago.

          • Chester says:

            Hey Barry,
            I guess you have not been watching the news closely. Black hat had a bomb strapped to him when killed. There are some stories he tried but failed to set it off. Not all of their bombs worked, thank God. The police were so careful in searching for the younger brother because they were afraid he might also be strapped up like that. In any case, we had a guy strapped into a suicide bomb racing through Cambridge and Watertown, then holding a big gun fight with police.

          • Barry says:

            But was it the bomb that killed him? I thought the officers killed him. No I did not watch the news very closely, I don’t need constant reminders of that tragedy or see the footage over and over.

          • Huckleberry says:

            There was an explosion, but I think it was the other bomb. The bomb that he had strapped to his body did not go off. Either his brother or the officers killed. The officers shot him, but in getting away, his brother ran over him in car!

  5. prish says:

    We have been watching the news about the Boston tragedy, all week. We needed a few light moments of Vegas in the simpler 60’s. Vegas is one of our family’s TV watching highlights. CBS, please keep Vegas!

    • Chester, a Bostonian says:

      We were not getting a break from it today when the city was in lock down. Watertown did not have a break from it yesterday when it had a 200 shot gun battle and many IEDs on its streets.

  6. GS says:

    Why is our society so focused on tragedy? I am truly sorry it happened and if they do a story about the VICTIMS, I’d watch but I have no interest in hearing anything about these 2 cowards who came here to cause death. I don’t want to hear from their father that the one being chased is “a true angel”. It spits in the face of those who died and wore horribly maimed and wounded. I’d have watched Vegas but now I won’t turn on CBS at all and I hope others will turn it off as well.

    • Joanna says:

      Well said!

    • Chester, a Bostonian says:

      We need to figure what the f is up with this family, why those kids were radicalized, and whether they are connected to anyone else. That’s very important, about as important an issue as we can face. Again, not only did we have those two horrible pressure cooker bomb explosions in our city, we also had the black hat brother wrapping himself up in a suicide bomb. We don’t want to have suicide bombers in America.

  7. sara says:

    Why wouldn’t they just shift it a week rather than move it to a dead slot?

  8. KEviNTUCKY says:

    Why wouldn’t they just pre-empt one of the other two shows that is actually a repeat and allow Vegas to air in its place?

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  10. mia says:

    Oh! Its still on the schedule here in Canada. Whew.

  11. dogma says:

    Keep in mind another 27 Americans will die today as a result of “normal” gun violence (3 of them children). Like the 27 that died yesterday (3 of them children as well). Like the 27 that will perish tomorrow (yes, 3 of them children too). All Americans killing other Americans.

    These poor souls will go without a lot of fan fare and media coverage. So where are the preemptive media news specials covering these 27 Americans that perished at the hands of other Americans today? Where is the preemptive broadcast media that “covers the unfolding events” of the 2,000 American children murdered last year alone? Or the 11,000 Americans killed last year buy gun violence? There are 78,622 nonfatal firearm injuries in the United States every year, 73% of which were the result of interpersonal violence. That’s 158 per day. Every day.

    Oh, on the local evening newscast that parrots the police blotter? But those are mostly poor and minority folk killing each other right? Hoodie wearing gang members killing other gang members over “turf”? (Which, BTW, is untrue) They clearly don’t count has Americans, and certainly don’t count as human…thus no preemptive story. But let a couple of sociopaths include “Muslim” in their insanity and kill 4/hurt 180 at one time…with live video, and out come 3,000 law enforcement people and an ad-hoc TV mini-series is born spanning all broadcast networks.

    The One-on-one American-on-American terrorism that happens every 47 minutes, 24/7/365 doesn’t get ratings. Americans want desperately to ignore this daily domestic carnage and the media is more than happy to manufacture a diversion for we that want to keep our heads in the sand so we don’t see who we really are. The most violent industrialized country on the planet.

    I’d rather we not lie to ourselves and pretend we care about the loss of life in Boston at the hands of these two low lifes. When it’s evident we only say we do because the media tells us it’s important. That these 4 lives are far more important than the 40,000 AMERICAN children that have been murdered here over the past 20 years.

    • Huckleberry says:

      Massachusetts, where this tragedy occurred, has the strong gun laws in the country and the one of the lowest gun-related fatality rate. See JAMA Internal Medicine, March 2013. The fact is that we don’t want random people running through the streets blowing people up and executing police officers.

  12. jo jo says:

    I’m very disappointed in the fact that it was bumped,, however I feel CBS just couldnt miss the opportunity to be in on the Chase…win some /lose some…VEGAS FANS WE LOST…

  13. Otaraia says:

    What a sad bunch !! News is much more important than drama and I love Vegas!! Vegas will screen when it screens. Boston was now, and impacts on everyone’s lives in an immediate sense.

  14. Ron says:

    I thought we had enough of Pelley running his mouth for hours upon hours.
    Enough is enough.

  15. Roger Jones says:

    Put the news on news channels ,sports on sports channels ,and regular pg14 programs on their respectful channels…and kill all the commericals….

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