After public outcry from “Lost” fans caused President Obama to shy away from Feb. 2 as the possible date of his State of the Union address, the White House on Monday announced that the speech would take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 9 p.m.
As previously reported, a Feb. 2 address would have caused ABC to preempt its long-anticipated three-hour season premiere of “Lost.”
With the address moved to Wednesday, it now goes head-to-head with Fox’s “American Idol,” unless the network decides to move it’s popular competition series to 8 p.m.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC is expected to air “Mercy” at its regular 8 p.m. slot, followed by coverage of the speech and news coverage from 9-11 p.m., preempting “Law & Order: SVU” and “The Jay Leno Show.”
CBS, at press time, is still considering its options: keeping its Wednesday comedy block at 8 p.m. or possibly moving one of its high-rated crime dramas, “Criminal Minds” or “CSI: NY,” into the 8 p.m. slot.
ABC, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is likely to air two of its three Wednesday comedies, such as “The Middle” and “Modern Family,” in the 8 p.m. hour leading into the president’s speech.