Tonight marks the premiere of the hit FX show Sons of Anarchy, which stars acts moviegoers may have familiarized themselves with in this summer’s Pacific Rim. But while the world of Charming and Sons of Anarchy is entirely fictional, a very real event is going to preempt most primetime shows tonight.
President Barack Obama is set to address the nation on the developments in Syria and the nation’s plan of action in response to the use of chemical weapons.
Obama is likely to address diplomatic efforts when he speaks at the White House at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday. He discussed the offer earlier in the day at separate meetings with Senate Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.
While it’s extremely trivial compared to the real world events that will be discussed, the address by President Obama isn’t expected to cut into the start time of the show. Not only will Obama’s address likely be over well ahead of the end of the 9pm ET hour, Sons of Anarchy doesn’t premiere until 10pm ET.
There’s also the matter of FX not being a network cable channel. CBS, ABC and NBC will all be cutting into programming to air the address but FX does not have to abide by the regulations network cable has to and won’t even be airing the President’s address.
While it seems minor compared to the scope of what is being discussed tonight, the President’s address isn’t going to cut into the premiere of Sons of Anarchy, and the show will serve as instant escapism to what real world troubles are discussed tonight.