Paris Attacks

Networks Stick With Mostly Regular Programming in Wake of Paris Attacks

On the heels of multiple shootings and explosions in Paris Friday that left at least 100 people dead, broadcast networks have decided to move forward with mostly regular primetime programming.

Three separate incidents have been reported in the French capital thus far: an explosion near a Paris stadium, a shootout outside three restaurants and a hostage situation at Bataclan concert hall that has since ended. French President François Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced the country will close its borders.

Each network’s Friday night lineup is listed below:

CBS
8 pm The Amazing Race (new)
9 pm Hawaii Five-0 (new)
10 pm Blue Bloods (new)

NBC
8 pm Undateable rerun (in place of a scheduled live episode)
8:30 pm Truth Be Told (new)
9 pm Grimm (new)
10 PM Special live edition of Dateline: Terror in Paris

FOX
8 pm MasterChef (new)
9 pm World’s Funniest (new)

ABC
8 pm Last Man Standing (new)
8:30 pm Dr. Ken (new)
9 pm Shark Tank (new)
10 pm Special live edition of 20/20: Paris Under Attack

THE CW
8 pm Reign (new)
9 pm America’s Next Top Model (new)

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15 Comments
  1. Bryce says:

    It’s not like they’d be preempting super lucrative content. They’re not stopping Big Bang or TGIT or something that gets preempted every time there’s a little thunderstorm. They should preempt out of respect. No one’s gonna miss Friday programming.

  2. Three? CBC up here in Canada’s count was at six last I heard. For whatever it’s worth, I vote pre-empt out of respect. They pre-empted for Sandy.

  3. BrightLight says:

    NBC already has a Dateline scheduled for 10PM so I wouldn’t be shocked if they use that slot for coverage. I’m sure whatever cold case murder they would show could wait another week.

  4. tahina says:

    CNN just announced over 60 casualties so far, including some are hostages. I won’t be surprised if all networks will preempt, considering.

  5. wrstlgirl says:

    So sad what’s happening. Heartbreaking.

  6. iHeart says:

    well I just checked all three big three networks and it’s all normal programming (because don’t they technically all have news networks)

  7. lesigh says:

    disappointed in american broadcasters for going ahead with their normal schedules. they should show respect for Paris (and Japan and Lebanon) and preempt their shows for the evening.

    (and with hiatuses right around the corner there is no urgent need for these episodes to air tonight)

  8. wrstlgirl says:

    Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  9. Tahoe Mike says:

    The event has happened, but seems to be over. The facts are trickling in, and there isn’t that much to report. Mostly the news networks are, as usual, doing a lot of speculating. What is the point of going wall to wall when all there is to say is that we barely know what happened, and don’t really know who or why yet?

  10. Drewer says:

    It seems a little weird tom me that they aired tonight’s Reign new episode of Reign given what transpired, no matter how bastardized the retelling of the very historical story was.

  11. xomylifexo says:

    Not only did they not preempt, the local news did only a short story about it in my area. At 6 pm when 60 were confirmed dead and there were still hostages in the concert hall my local news converge consisted of ‘there is a terror event in France with a hostage situation unfolding’ then all the normal college football coverage. America is extremely self centered.

  12. spdavid says:

    The media in this country gives groups like ISIS everything they want from an attack like this and more,the attention they get is a perfect source and tool for propaganda and attention,for recruitment and funding.Every form of disruption,of change or alteration of our normal lives adds to the building climate of fear they seek to create.

    We have several all news channels which will be covering this for days virtually non-stop at a level of detyail far beyond the needs of ordinary viewers.How much more coverage or responses do we need?How much do we give ISIS of what they want?