You may need to re-adjust your DVRs and TV plans tomorrow night.
Pres. Bush has asked the networks for airtime Thursday night for one final address to the American people. No word as of yet on what Bush will be speaking about — if it's just a general good-bye or something specific like the economy or the Middle East — and no word yet if the networks will grant the request, although it's highly unlikely they'd turn him down.
Since these things usually go on at 9 p.m. and Bush is asking for 10-15 minutes, it's unclear how that would affect the schedules. The networks could, in theory, start their programming 15 minutes later, although that cuts into their affiliates' newscasts, so that is unlikely. Or, the networks could pre-empt the new episodes of shows that are to be broadcast tomorrow, such as William Petersen's final episode on "CSI," running re-runs instead.
AROUND THE DIAL: If you're an actress playing a lesbian character on "Grey's Anatomy," apparently it's not a good idea to make long-term plans. The show announced actress Melissa George has filmed her last episode for the series, just months after actress Brooke Smith was let go. One wonders what is going on with that set these days. ...
The FBI will apparently be battling supernatural demons next month, when James Marsters and Ray Wise guest star on an episode of "Numb3rs." Marsters played Spike the vampire on "Buffy" and "Angel," while Wise co-stars as Satan on "Reaper." My guess is that they will be playing humans this time around. ...
Finally, interesting numbers from Monday. "24" won the 8 p.m. hour with about 12 million viewers (consistent with Sunday's viewing), but the CBS comedies more than held their own. "Big Bang Theory" set a series record with 11.8 million, and "How I Met Your Mother" was just a shade off with a season-best 11.7 million.
At 9 p.m., though, "24" held steady but lost to "Two and a Half Men," which drew over 17 million. The real battle comes next week, when "House" moves into the 8 p.m. slot on Mondays and "24" settles into the 9 p.m. hour.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: A new documentary looking at the history of American comedy kicks off tonight on PBS. "Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" (PBS, 8 p.m.) is a six-part series narrated by Billy Crystal and looks at everything from comedy in the Catskills to the TV sitcom.
"American Idol" (Fox, 8 p.m.) continues its auditions with the gang stopping in Puerto Rico.
CBS is all-new with "Old Christine," "Gary Unmarried," "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY," while NBC airs new episodes of "Knight Rider" at 8 p.m. and "Law & Order" at 10 p.m.
On cable, the second episode of "Damages" (FX, 10 p.m.) airs tonight.
Finally, it isn't new, but if you want to watch last season's "Lost" finale to catch up before next Wednesday's wicked awesome premiere, ABC is re-running it from 8-11 p.m.