Let the Madness Begin!

This Thursday and Friday, NCAA March Madness basketball officially tips off. For soap fans, it means that THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, and AS THE WORLD TURNS will not be shown on those two days.

This week, unlike last week, you will not miss your shows, because these games are being carried by CBS itself, so the network did not produce episodes of the soaps for these two days.

On Monday, the three shows will each pick up right where they left off on Wednesday.

Your Insider knows what you’re thinking: why didn’t it happen this way last week? The answer is simple, yet a little complicated. And I’ll get to that in just a moment.

But first, I wanted to let you know which games you’ll see on Thursday:

  • 12:20pm Florida – BYU
  • 2:30pm Murray St – Vanderbilt
  • 7:15pm E Tennessee St – Kentucky
  • 9:45pm San Diego State – Tennessee

Then, on Friday:

  • 12:25pm Minnesota- Xavier
  • 2:35pm Missouri – Clemson
  • 7:25pm Arkansas Pine Bluff – Duke
  • 9:40pm Houston – Maryland

LIVE 5 NEWS AT NOON, LIVE 5 NEWS AT 7 and LIVE 5 NEWS AT 11 will all move to LIVE 5+ on Thursday and Friday. You can also get your local news and your updated neighborhood forecast online at live5news.com.

Speaking of Live 5+, here’s the answer to the soap question: Last week’s ACC Tournament was not carried on the CBS network: it was carried instead by individual stations who are under contract to carry the tournament. So while we had the games, CBS also had its daytime programming. We decided that since we have our new second channel, Live 5+, we would move the soaps there for those two days. It turned out that we had to get special permission from CBS to do so, and they agreed to let us move their programming to the second channel for those two days only.

This week, since CBS is carrying the games itself, they knew not to make soap episodes for Thursday and Friday. So while you won’t see your shows those two days, at least you’ll still be caught up by the time Monday rolls around.

Enjoy the madness…and thanks for watching Live 5 WCSC and Live 5+!


3 thoughts on “Let the Madness Begin!

    • Hi, Troy…

      Thanks for the question. Unfortunately, it’s not up to us to get Live 5+ on DirecTV. If it were, we’d already be there.

      Satellite companies don’t face the same requirements that cable companies do, so the best bet on getting a satellite provider to add our second channel to its lineup is for its customers to tell them they want it!

      Give DirecTV a call and tell them you want to see Live 5+.

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