Monday, May 20, 2024

Billy Joel Fans Flip Out When CBS Cuts Off Concert Special for News and Never Returns


Whoever’s running the control room at CBS should be fired.

The network cut off Billy Joel’s two hour concert special tonight right at the end, as Billy was singing “Piano Man,” his most famous song.

Just as Billy was launching into the finale of the two hour show — the last verse of “Piano Man” with all of Madison Square Garden singing along — the screen went black.

When it recovered, it wasn’t Joel taking a bow with his band for what had been a remarkable, Emmy worthy special. No, it was the local news anchor (and not Dana Tyler).

CBS paid a fortune to put this show on two weeks ago the Garden, and this was how it ended.

Fans are demanding the whole show be rerun immediately on CBS, not just Paramount Plus. But this episode should be a lesson to CBS — their share of viewers is already diminished severely. They don’t need a boycott.

One reason this might have happened is because the Joel special was hitting the half hour mark at 11:30 and had already run 30 minutes past its allotted time. But that’s because the whole schedule was pushed because of golf. “60 Minutes” started late, followed by “Tracker,” so the Billy Joel show was tardy as well.

A real blot on the Tiffany network.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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