Thursdays are going to kill me
My name is Joel Keller. I write about TV. And I don't have a TiVo.
In fact, I don't have any DVR; I have my reasons. But I do have two VCRs. Up until now, that's been more than enough; even with all the good shows that have premiered this year, I've been able to effectively timeshift and watch every show I've wanted to watch.
But after NBC announced its schedule shift yesterday, I have determined that Thursdays are going to kill me.
Between NBC and ABC, there will now be six shows that I will want to watch that night: Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Earl, The Office, Scrubs (my favorite show), 30 Rock, and ER. And, because I review both Grey's and Betty for this site, my ER-watching hour is when I need to write.Actually, the night tires me out already, since I tend not to watch Betty until Friday morning; the one week I tried to watch and review both it and Grey's in the same night, I went to bed with a splitting headache.
So, you're saying: two VCR's, two networks... no problem! Right, but then factor in sweeps super-sizing, World Series games, and NFL Network games, which are set to start in November, and you can understand why my head might start to pound. The way things are going, I'll be watching Thursday's programming well into the weekend. I just hope I don't fall behind.
There's absolutely no reason why this many quality shows (remember, Survivor and CSI are also Thursday staples) should be on during the same night. Does NBC really think that Scrubs and 30 Rock are going to get any ratings against the #1 (Grey's) and #2 (CSI) shows in the country? Why not put those shows on Tuesday night where they may have a fighting chance to get respectable ratings (Anna agrees with me on this)?
Anyway, trying to keep track of all this stuff is going to drive me nuts. I think I may finally break down and get a DVR so it can just record all this crap for me automatically. Anyone have any recommendations? Do I go TiVo or cable-box DVR? Should I just rig an old PC and make that a DVR? Let me know in the comments.