NBC: Obama’s Syria speech will not preempt Seacrest

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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NBC assured a worried nation that President Obama’s Tuesday night speech on military intervention in Syria will not preempt the second episode of the Ryan Seacrest-hosted game show “The Million Second Quiz.”

Former University of Chicago Law School Professor Obama will address the nation at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday to make his case for an unpopular U.S. military strike on the nation of Syria. The speech is slated to last about fifteen minutes and will probably see Obama calling the proposed strike “the right thing to do.” Though television networks have already committed to running the speech as a news program, NBC wants Americans to know that the address will not interfere with the programs they actually want to watch.

“NBC noted to Variety that the President’s speech will not interfere with the live broadcast of its mega-gameshow effort ‘Million Second Quiz,’ which is set to air as a strip beginning Monday,” Variety reported.

Obama’s speech will air after the one-hour second episode of “Million Second Quiz,” and will be followed immediately by an all-new episode of “America’s Got Talent” at 9:15 p.m. ET, according to the NBC schedule.

It is unclear how Obama, who has a 42 percent approval rating in the most recent Gallup poll, will fare in the Nielsen ratings between beloved multimedia sensation Seacrest and “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon and judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B.

Obama’s Syrian dictator nemesis Bashar al-Assad, meanwhile, taped an interview Sunday with Charlie Rose that will air in its entirety on PBS Monday night. Parts of the interview will also air on CBS Monday morning.

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