So, I was in Atlanta last Friday night when I realized I forgot to DVR a new episode of "Chuck."
No problem, I thought to myself. "Self," I said, "it will be easy enough to download online beginning tomorrow."
Being the busy guy that I am, I didn't try to download until last night. I went to NBC-owned Hulu.... and no "Chuck." I went to NBC-owned NBC.com .... and no "Chuck." On iTunes? Nada.
Now I was a little perturbed. So I went to the "Chuck" message board and learned that nothing of "Chuck" from this season is available for download. Apparently, there's some sort of disagreement between NBC and Warner Bros., which produces the show.
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The posters keep saying that none of this season of "Chuck" will make it online at any point, while NBC is saying nothing except that it is working hard to resolve the issue.
So, I can go to NBC.com and watch episodes of "Free Agents," which was canceled after three episodes, but I can't watch a show that has been on the network for five years. And, since NBC is burning off "Chuck" episodes through to its series finale at the end of January, I don't see many opportunities for reruns.
It seems silly that NBC and Warner Bros., which partnered on the likes of "ER," "Friends" and other hits, can't come together for an online agreement for a single series that is ending in a month. It's a slap in the face to the few remaining fans of the show who have stuck with it after it was exiled to Friday nights.
It's funny how the networks are desperate to clamp down on piracy and get viewers to watch their content online at specific sites -- then don't offer those shows to the viewers.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Not much new stuff, except that Part 1 of the two-part "X-Factor" (Fox, 8 p.m.) finale airs, followed by a new "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" at 9:30 p.m.
Also new is Part 3 of the acclaimed drama "State of Play" on BBC America at 10 p.m.