These shenanigans are just more proof that if you want good television, you have to go to Britain to get it.
American television is a solely commerical enterprise; it has to pander to the lowest common denominator in this day and age. It was only a matter of time that things like this started happening on this scale. Not that this hasn’t happened on British TV in any form, but would one ever see programming such as last night’s launch of BBC Four (broadcast simultaneously on BBC 2) on American network television? I think not.