Q I see that the National Football League will be starting select games 15 minutes later on Sundays this coming season. Isn't the Sunday prime-time lineup messed up enough during the football season on CBS already? Two of my favorite programs are "60 Minutes" and "The Good Wife." Now what time will they be starting?
A CBS will stick to its Sunday night schedule in the sense that the shows will air in their expected order, but their start times will vary weekly.
CBS execs acknowledge how frustrating it is for viewers when their shows are delayed by NFL games going long on Sunday nights. The network tries to update viewers on-air -- both verbally and with graphics -- about new start times for Sunday night shows. CBS also uses social media platforms. Viewers can sign up for Eye-lerts (www.cbs.com/eye-lerts), which I find useful.
The network also promised "some new measures" but wasn't specific about what those would be.Blindsided by Nick program
Q My young grandchildren were watching the Nick channel recently. I was busy but caught some of the subject matter on the program they were watching. (I have no idea what program was airing.) A young teen boy and girl were talking when the boy asked, "What's your most favorite part of my body?" They kiss, and the next scene is both of them in a bed, bedspread up to their chests. Then a doorbell rings, and they go to panic mode. At that point, I turned the channel and told my grandkids, "No more Nick."
I found this program most inappropriate for young teens. I tried to call my cable provider but was unable to talk to anyone.
What is your opinion of Nick? If I want to protest this type of inappropriate programming, how do you recommend I do it?
A Because you don't know what program your grandkids were watching, it's difficult for me to comment. Given the content you describe, my guess is they were not watching Nick but TeenNick or possibly Nick at Nite, which added a prime-time soap, "Hollywood Heights," last month.
When "Hollywood Heights" premiered, I wondered how that show fit in with the rest of Nick's programming, mostly sitcoms.
As cable networks cut their programming into blocks aimed at different demographics, adult guardians of children need to be ever more vigilant about what their kids are watching. It's not easy to be media-literate, but it is a requirement of good parenting.
You did the right thing in turning off the TV. But you also need to recognize that during other parts of the day, Nick is airing programs that you might find more appropriate for children and teens.
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