Turns out, NBC really, really wants you to watch "The Black Donnellys." First, the network made the first episode of the show — which is bumping "Studio 60" off the schedule — available on Netflix back in January. Now, they've put the whole pilot online — for free — over at Yahoo! TV.
I'm glad to have the chance to see the show ahead of time, but how does NBC actually expect anyone to watch the premiere on Monday? Even if I like the pilot when I watch it online, I'm not going to tune in a second time when it's on TV. That's exactly what happened with "The Agency" — I loved the first episode, but now I have no reason to watch tonight.
Then again, this kind of move can generate buzz if the people who watch the pilot early tell their friends it's good. I'll check out the episode this week and let you know what I think. Have any of you seen it yet?