President Obama will deliver his third (or is it fourth; I lose track) primetime address to the nation tonight in the two months since he has been sworn in.
While we are living in troubled economic times, I'm not sure what new news Obama can be delivering, and by popping up every two or three weeks and interrupting prime-time TV, he is in danger of starting to alienate some of his viewership.
Still, there is one bright spot to tonight's address/press conference -- it pushes back the season debut of "According To Jim" for another week.
DIRECTV NEWS: Subscribers to DirecTV will get a bit of a bonus in the coming months. The satellite service will air the missing episodes to three different pretty good TV series that didn't last very long on the air.
The best of these series was "Eyes," a stylish, light-hearted drama starring Tim Daly as a private detective. Only five of the original 12 episodes aired. Another Daly series, "The Nine," about a bank robbery/hostage crisis told in flashbacks and real time, will air its unaired episodes, as will the former CBS heist drama "Smith," which starred Ray Liotta as a high-tech thief that leads a gang that included Simon Baker and Jonny Lee Miller.
All three series will air this summer. In addition, DirecTV is negotiating with NBC about carrying a new season of "Friday Night Lights."
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: The Obama news conference will air on the Big Four networks from 8-9 p.m., throwing off the Tuesday schedule quite a bit.
Most notable is that Fox is holding its regular airing of "American Idol" and replacing it with a "House" rerun at 9 p.m.
CBS will air new episodes of "NCIS" at 9 p.m. and "The Mentalist" at 10 p.m. "Dancing With The Stars" airs at 9 p.m., getting pushed back an hour as well.
"The Biggest Loser" (NBC, 9 p.m.) gets pushed back an hour and takes up the whole night, meaning "Law & Order: SVU" gets pulled.
If you want alternate viewing at 8 p.m., "Reaper" (CW, 8 p.m.) is brand-new.