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DTV Switch Delayed

Congress decided to push back the deadline to switch from analog to digital signals to June 12, giving consumers nearly four more months to prepare for it.

Considering consumers already had more than two years to get a converter box or subscribe to a cable or satellite service, four more months seems to be a bit redundant at this point.

So, here as a public service, is a reminder: DIGITAL TV IS COMING. IF YOU HAVE AN ANTENNA SIGNAL, IT WILL NO LONGER WORK AFTER JUNE 12. GET YOUR CONVERTER SOON!

OK? About 3.7 million requests for a $40 coupon to offset the cost of converters have yet to be processed. Why it's taken people two-plus years to get around to converting their TVs is a mystery to me, and it seems like our government has much more pressing issues than to debate this bill.

So, though I would urge people to go and take care of this already, my guess is that the people who are being affected aren't going to the internet very often anyway and therefore won't be reading this.

THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: Yup, hurry up and get your signals switched, because there's a boatload of new TV tonight, except on CBS, which is all reruns.

McDreamy proposes tonight on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 9 p.m.), anchoring new episodes of "Ugly Betty" at 8 p.m. and "Private Practice at 10 p.m.

NBC's comedies are all-new. I'm hoping they stick to the half-hour versions of "The Office" (NBC, 9 p.m.) because the hour-long ones generally aren't very good. They are followed by a new "ER" at 10 p.m., which features the return of former regular William H. Macy.

The DC villain The Toyman torments the gang on "Smallville" (CW, 8 p.m.), preceding a new "Supernatural" at 9 p.m. Meanwhile, Booth is kidnapped on "Bones" (Fox, 8 p.m.)

On cable, "Burn Notice" (USA, 10 p.m.) is all-new.

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