NBC has moved the debut of “The Celebrity Apprentice” from January 3 to the following Thursday, January 10. No reason was given, but there are two good reasons to make the move. First, the debut was slated to be up against the last new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” that ABC has in the can from before the writer’s strike shut down production. Additionally, January 3rd is the night of the Iowa Caucuses, the first real contest of the 2008 presidential race. Programs on all of the networks could face interruptions for breaking news that evening. To that end, there is some buzz about that ABC could decide to move that precious last original episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” to another night, most likely January 10th. If so, we’ll wait to see if NBC has to counter that move on the chess board as well.
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