The Monk is slightly more interested in the Winter Olympics than he is in college hockey -- that is, not much. Even with the WINTER Olympics -- i.e., the less familiar and less interesting one to American audiences -- and even with those Olympics on a minimum 5-6 hour tape delay when they air in primetime (thus allowing anyone curious to find out what happened by just clicking on the Winter Olympics link on Yahoo!), most TV networks have abandoned the field for the February sweeps and are airing repeats galore.
Worst offender: CBS, which won't even air new episodes of CSI, CSI: NY, Without a Trace or Criminal Minds -- its two Thursday night and Wednesday night stalwarts. Instead, all four shows are repeats both this week and next. Monkette2B is especially displeased -- she watches all regularly except CSI: NY. CBS is even ditching its Monday night lineup of comedies and CSI-Miami (a repeat of Courting Alex -- a show that is just a few weeks old?).
At least ABC is airing a new Boston Legal episode next Tuesday, a new Lost episode tomorrow, new Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy episodes next Sunday (as it did this past Sunday) and ensuring new product for its series' devotees.
Least worst offender: Fox, which will continue to air new episodes of 24, House, Bones and is challenging the Olympic dominance with a super-sized version of American Idol next Tuesday (which is bumping House to 8 EST next Monday as a lead-in to 24).
Too bad the network that now has some of the best shows on TV is abandoning the field for a fortnight.