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Local TV stations' special programming plans for Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras (2014)

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Here are WKRG-TV, WPMI-TV, and WALA-TV's plans for celebrating the end of the Carnival season for 2014 this Tuesday, March 4th (Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras*):

Special live programming about local Carnival celebrations

  • WKRG-TV had planned on starting their special Carnival programming at 9:00 a.m. and ending it by 5:00 p.m. (they had planned on streaming the programming live)
  • WPMI-TV had planned on starting their special Carnival programming at 10:00 a.m. and ending it by 2:00 p.m. (they had planned on streaming the programming live)
  • WALA-TV had planned on starting their special Carnival programming at 12:00 p.m. and ending it by 2:00 p.m. (they had planned on streaming the programming live)

Regular TV programs to be pre-empted

  • WKRG-TV's special programming would pre-empt the network game shows "The Price is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal", the network serials "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful", the network discussion program "The Talk", two editions of the syndicated game show "Family Feud", two syndicated episodes of the comedic program "The Big Bang Theory" (according to TitanTV, they would broadcast the editions of "The Young and the Restless", "The Bold and the Beautiful", "The Talk", and "The Big Bang Theory" their special programming would pre-empt later the next day at 12:37 a.m., 1:37 a.m., 2:07 a.m., and 3:07 a.m., and 3:37 a.m. respectively. The timeslots at 12:37 a.m. 1:37 a.m., and 2:07 a.m. were usually reserved for paid commercial programming from Tuesday through Saturday while the other timeslots were usually reserved for the network news program "Up to the Minute" from Monday through Friday).
  • WPMI-TV's special programming would pre-empt segments for the last hour of the network news program "Today", the syndicated variety program "Live! with Kelly and Michael", and the network serial "Days of Our Lives" (according to TitanTV, they had planned on broadcasting the editions of "Live! with Kelly and Michael" and "Days of Our Lives" the special programming would pre-empt later the next day at 1:07 a.m. and 2:07 a.m. respectively. The 1:07 a.m. timeslot was usually reserved for segments from the last hour of the latest edition of "Today" from Tuesday through Saturday while the 2:07 a.m. timeslot was usually reserved for the network financial advice program "Mad Money" from Tuesday through Saturday also).
  • WALA-TV's special programming would pre-empt the syndicated courtroom program "Judge Mathis", the syndicated variety program "Steve Harvey", and the syndicated medical advice program "The Doctors" from Monday through Friday (they would broadcast "The Doctors" later the next day at 2:00 a.m. in accordance with their regular programming schedule. Their companion station** WFNA-TV would broadcast "Judge Mathis" and "Steve Harvey" later at 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. respectively in accordance with their regular programming schedule).

Locations for hosts for special Carnival programming

  • WKRG-TV had planned on having members of their news department host their special programming outside the exterior of the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in downtown Mobile.
  • WALA-TV had planned on having members of their news department host their special programming near the Hargrove Engineers + Constructors building in downtown Mobile.

*"Mardi Gras" is French for Fat Tuesday

**WALA-TV and WFNA-TV are members of the same company, LIN Media

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