CBS has spent a lot of time promoting the new version of "S.W.A.T." starring Shemar Moore, the return of "Young Sheldon" and the move back to Thursday night for "The Big Bang Theory," which had been airing on Mondays.
But Western New Yorkers won't be seeing those heavily-promoted episodes as scheduled because WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate, has the local broadcast rights to the Thursday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.
The Bills-Jets game is on cable's The NFL Network, which sells the rights to the markets of the teams involved.
NBC has been promoting the game that isn't on its network. You might have thought the Bills early-season success makes the team deserving of a national broadcast network appearance. But this is an interim week before NBC takes over the TNF package from Nov. 9 through Dec. 14. The NBC takeover is why the network is heavily promoting the fall finales of its Thursday night entertainment series, including the popular "Will & Grace."
You also might have thought that CBS would be more concerned about "The Big Bang Theory" and its prequel, "Young Sheldon," than "S.W.A.T."
But the network requested Channel 4 carry the premiere of "S.W.A.T" on Thursday night after its late newscast.
The question is how late will the newscast be?
Since it is hard to know when the prime time game and Channel 4's newscast are going to end, viewers planning to DVR "S.W.A.T" should give extra time to record it. My advice is to start recording it around midnight and record for at least two and a half hours after that.
Thursday's episodes of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "The Late, Late Show with James Corden" will air after "S.W.A.T."
Viewers anticipating the return of "Young Sheldon" after its September premiere will have to wait a little longer.
The four Thursday night CBS comedies won't air on Channel 4 until after Friday night's 11 p.m. newscasts and the two late-night shows. That means they will starting airing around 1:30 a.m. Friday night, which is technically Saturday morning.
"The Big Bang Theory" will air at around 1:30 a.m., followed in order by "Young Sheldon," "Mom" and "Life in Pieces."
Of course, all the CBS shows also should be available On Demand soon after they air on the network Thursday so many people won't have to wait until Channel 4 airs them. But most people likely will.
In case you missed them, here are my mini-reviews of "Young Sheldon" and "S.W.A.T" before the season began.
"Young Sheldon" : Mathematical and science whiz Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage of HBO's "Big Little Lies") attends high school in 1989 at the age of nine in East Texas, where football and church are king. Jim Parsons, Sheldon in "The Big Bang Theory," narrates as Adult Sheldon. Think "The Wonder Years" if Kevin Arnold didn't have any social skills or diplomacy.
At times, it plays more like Young Larry David than Young Sheldon. Young Sheldon is a rules follower who isn't trying to win any friends by insulting his teachers, his classmates and his siblings as his parents fight over money to support their genius. There was a sweet moment in the pilot between Sheldon and his dad. But I found the show more cute than funny.
However, you don't have to be a math whiz to know that any show that follows Old Sheldon's show is the one sure hit of the season. The first episode was a big hit in September in Buffalo. It had a 17.0 live rating that grew to 18.9 seven days later, easily making it the highest-rated new show of the season locally. Of course, "The Big Bang Theory" lead-in helped. 3 stars
"S.W.A.T": Moore ("Criminal Minds") stars as a former Marine who becomes a S.W.A.T. sergeant and runs the specialized tactical unit in Los Angeles. Shawn Ryan ("The Shield") is one of the producers of a reboot of a mid-1970s series that aired on ABC.
It starts with an extended shootout and features an obligatory shower scene to show off Moore's six-pack. It is a fast-paced, testosterone-fueled pilot that deals with the back story of Moore's character and has lines like this: "It isn't about kicking (butt), it is about saving lives." Save some time in your life. Watch the old episodes. 2 stars