Yes, I was that one guy who loyally watched “The Bradys” every Friday night back in 1990. All that is except for the last episode, when my local affiliate decided to air college basketball instead. This sort of affiliate power seems to rear its ugly head from time to time, in which local telephons and news programming take over the prime time slot. Only occasionally, and very rarely, does the affiliate broadcast the network show displaced at another time. (This is especially annoying during hurricane season, when the slightest gust of wind gives the local affiliate free reign to talk weather all night long, and never show the network show.)
Most recently, “Temptation Island” was not carried by my local FOX affiliate due to its “immorality”, but in this case, an independent station started airing it.
So I guess my question is… How much leeway does a local affiliate have to take over prime time? And when they choose not to air the network’s programming, are they allowed (or even obligated) to air this material at another time. And if they choose not to air missed programming, can another station obtain the show for broadcast?