“Supergirl” may be in jeopardy again tonight.
Fans of the CBS freshman drama and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may be on the edge of their seats tonight, wondering when he is going to speak and when her show is going to air.
The rally for the Republican front-runner at the First Niagara Center is scheduled to start at 7 tonight.
Channel 4 plans to cut into programming when Trump takes the stage, which is unknown at this time.
The season finale of “Supergirl” airs at 8 p.m.
Channel 4 has made several contingency plans to try and avoid the backlash it might receive from viewers who care more about entertainment programs than political speeches.
According to Channel 4 News Director Scott Levy, the popular syndicated programs “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” will air on sister station WNLO without interruptions starting at 7 p.m.
Barring a last-minute change, Levy said the CBS affiliate plans to join “Supergirl” in progress if the coverage of Trump’s address ends by 8:15 p.m., meaning fans of the drama will be unable to see the start of the program and could become a little bit lost.
However, if the Trump coverage ends after 8:15 p.m., Levy said the station will slide CBS’ entire prime time lineup by 30 minutes, meaning “Supergirl” would air in its entirety at 8: 30 p.m. and the station’s late news wouldn’t air until 11:30 p.m.
Levy adds if Trump is still speaking at 8:30 p.m., Channel 4 will move its coverage to its website. Levy said Trump’s speeches generally run for 50 minutes.
Channel 4 also has interrupted programming and gone live when Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders recently came to Western New York, with Sanders’ speech running into an episode of “Supergirl” last Monday.
Of course, Channel 4 doesn’t really want to delay its newscast until 11:30 p.m. because that might drive regular news viewers to the 11 p.m. news on its rival stations.
Like “Supergirl,” Channel 4 traffic and feature reporter Lauren Hall has had two identities for the past few Buffalo Sabres seasons. She has worked the early morning shift at Channel 4’s “Wake Up!” and the late shift as the in-arena host for Sabres home games.
That could take a toll on anyone’s sleep habits. It won’t be a problem in late May when Hall leaves Channel 4 to work full-time for Pegula and Sports Entertainment in June.
In a brief interview Sunday, Hall said she generally left the Sabres games around 10 p.m. and had to start getting ready for her Channel 4 job at 3 a.m. You do the math. That’s about five hours of sleep.
“I took a pregame nap, like all the players,” said Hall.
So the extra hours of uninterrupted sleep she will be able to get in her new job can be considered an added bonus.
Hall has been so active on Twitter discussing the Sabres, the Buffalo Bills and basketball played by her alma mater, Syracuse University, I would have thought that she might have applied for the recent sports opening at the station. It has since been filled.
“I did think about it,” said Hall.
She eventually decided not to apply because she enjoys her morning job and would have had to give up working for the Sabres because of a conflict of interest.
Hall’s last day at Channel 4 is May 25.
According to Levy, her contract ran a little beyond that.
“Lauren and I spoke and worked together on a transition plan for both the station and her new job,” said Levy.
The station has allowed people under contract to leave as long as they are exiting local TV news.
At PSE, Hall said she will be doing “digital features about the off the field and off the ice side of the Bills and Sabres highlighting their community involvement and partnership.” She will remain as the in-arena host of games as well.
Hall didn’t know if her reports ever will air on TV via MSG or just be carried on the teams’ websites. But it would be a natural for some of the reports to air on MSG.
I’m sure I'm not the only one who was impressed watching the interview that actor and activist George Clooney did on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning with moderator Chuck Todd. Clooney, who hosted some fund-raisers for Clinton over the weekend that cost couples more than $300,000, agreed with Todd that it was an obscene amount of money. However, he added that the money is not only going to Clinton’s campaign but to Democratic congressional candidates who would likely support overturning the law that allowed such fund-raisers. Throughout the interview on several political topics, Clooney looked more presidential than all the candidates in both parties have looked.
I had to laugh Saturday when Channel 7 ran a promo for a NBA playoff game that suggested Cleveland was going to play Chicago that night. Cleveland played Detroit Sunday afternoon. Chicago didn’t even make the playoffs. Channel 7 executives would be wise to see how that mistake happened so it doesn’t occur again over the next two months of playoffs.
I didn’t laugh at all when “Saturday Night Live” ran a filmed sketch featuring host Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a mother who takes heroin and later becomes a school bus driver. With all the heroin deaths in WNY and communities across the country, there is nothing funny about the subject. Even granting that “SNL” has the license to frequently test taste limits, that sketch was both unfunny and appalling.
While we are on local TV mistakes, Channel 2 anchor Maryalice Demler apparently misread some copy Friday and said a “body” was missing when she should have said a “boy” was missing. It was a bad mistake, but the rest of her copy made it easy to see that Demler misspoke and it was a boy who was missing. I’m not sure if Channel 2 corrected the error. But it sure had time to at the end of the newscast. That’s when Demler joined the discussion with sportscaster Stu Boyar on whether the Bills should draft a quarterback.
Speaking of Bills quarterbacks, I bet you didn’t know that Chuck Todd’s late father-in-law was once a backup to Jack Kemp. You can look it up. I did. Benny Russell was a Bills quarterback in 1968, who completed 1 of 2 passes for three yards.