A Handy TV Guide to What’s Airing When — & What’s Being Preempted — on Inauguration Night
January 20 is Inauguration Day for president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris, and coverage will dominate the TV networks pretty much day and night.
In terms of tuning in to your favorite shows, things can get confusing. To help, check out our handy guide to Wednesday night TV shows, including series airing in their usual time slots, series moved to one-night only time slots, and those that won’t be on at all (though back next week, of course).
An ABC News special, The Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr., kicks off primetime coverage, followed by Celebrating America, airing across several networks at 8:30/7:30c.
But ABC will also be airing new episodes of its comedies, The Conners and Call Your Mother, an hour later than usual, at 10/9c. The rest of Wednesday’s usual lineup on ABC — The Goldbergs, American Housewife, and For Life — is preempted.
Prior to the Celebrating America special, CBS will be airing One Nation: Indivisible to kick off its primetime coverage of the inauguration.
Wrestling & Reality TV Drama
And the drama of reality TV isn’t taking a night off, with Bravo airing The Real Housewives of Orange County (bonus footage and the reunion) and The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. MTV’s The Challenge: Double Agents and Lifetime’s Married at First Sight also continue their new seasons.