Hurricane Sandy is forcing several broadcast networks to back out of programming plans for Monday night.
CBS and the CW are among the networks that have decided to air encores in lieu of previously scheduled originals, adding several series to the growing pile that already includes ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and Comedy Central's "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report."
The weather system, which is already battering the East Coast and is expected to cause power outages along the seaboard over the next day, is greatly reducing the number of eyeballs that could tune into the night of mostly original programming
Though CBS has yet to issue a formal statement on programming changes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned from multiple reps associated with shows from the Monday lineup have been informed that they will now be repeats. That includes new episodes of "How I Met Your Mother," "Partners," "2 Broke Girls," "Mike & Molly" and "Hawaii Five-0, "many of which had episodes thematically tied to Halloween.
New episodes of "90210" and "Gossip Girl" will also be delayed until next Monday, with The CW airing repeats of last Monday's episodes instead.
When contacted by "THR," a rep for NBC said that no changes were currently expected for the schedule. That means the network's typically dominant block of "The Voice" and "Revolution" will air originals as expected.
ABC is the only network with a live telecast ("Dancing With the Stars") on the lineup. The two-hour performance episode, which films in L.A., was still scheduled to tape and air as originally planned when THR reached out to network reps. The network also has an original episode of "Castle" slotted for 10 p.m.
No decision had been made at Fox. The network, which just finished its postseason baseball coverage with game four of the World Series, is airing a previously scheduled encore of "The X Factor" between 8 and 10 p.m.
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