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How I'm going to navigate the first Thursday from Heck

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 30th 2006 12:31PM
ScrubsWhen NBC announced its new Thursday lineup, which includes Scrubs and 30 Rock, I wasn't exactly happy with it, especially since there were six shows over two networks that were can't-miss to me. What complicated matters was that, at the time, I reviewed two of those shows for TVS, so writing reviews would also be part of my evening.

I know, tough life, right? That's why I'm calling it the "Thursday from Heck" in the headline; after all, I'm watching TV and writing about it, which is much better than just about any other job I could have.

Anyway, Julia was nice enough to take the reviews for Ugly Betty off my hands, but I still have to review yet another dense and intense episode of Grey's Anatomy. But I've been so looking forward to seeing a new Scrubs, it hurts. So how am I going to negotiate my evening? I'll let you know after the jump.

OK, here's how I think it's going to go (with 2 VCRs whirring away at once... still no DVR in my house, but I might cave after tonight):

8 PM Watch Earl and The Office, tape Ugly Betty
9 PM Watch Scrubs and 30 Rock, tape Grey's Anatomy
10 PM Watch Grey's, tape ER
11 PM Write Grey's review while watching TDS / Colbert.
Midnight Take four Advil for my headache and collapse.

I'll likely watch Betty and ER sometime tomorrow, or maybe over the weekend.

I can't imagine how bad things would be if I were a Survivor, CSI, or Shark fan (or one of the five fans of The O.C. still left). I think my head would explode.

So, TV fans, how are you going to navigate one of the most jam-packed nights of TV ever? Let me know in the comments.

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DB Ferguson (from www.nofactzone.net)

Here's how I do it:

Dinner: 7-7:30p
The Office (Live): 7:30-8p
Grey's Anatomy (Live): 8-9p
Ugly Betty (from my Tivo): 9-10p
CSI (from my Tivo): Sunday nights when we get a chance

And then onto the CC News hour (TDS/TCR) at 10p.

I had to get a Tivo because of everything I like to watch in Prime Time on one dang night. Tivo is an addiction, I kid you not, and it's worth every penny.

December 04 2006 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Man, you guys need to get one of these SnapStream Beyond TV PVR cards. It'll turn your PC into a TIVO, but the best part is THERE'S NO SUBSCRIPTION FEE TO PAY! I never owned a TIVO mainly because of the monthly fee, and now that I have Beyond TV I doubt I'll ever own a DVR.

Plus, Beyond TV along with the HDTV tuner is only around $250. Can TIVO give you HDTV recordings, plus no monthly fee for that price? Don't think so.

December 01 2006 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am so glad to see I am not the only person who is holding out on the DVR/Tivo craze. I refuse to pay a monthly fee for what I can do on my two VCR's for a fraction of the cost (the tapes).
If my VCR's fail me I have Innertube and ABC's online version of the episodes.

December 01 2006 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watch it the way TV should be watched:

Download it all and watch when I damned well please!

November 30 2006 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks to CTV and Global airing shows at different times here in Canada, the wonderful world of timeshifting, and of course with the power of my PVR, I'm able to get everything in that I need to. (It's all gotta be taped because I'm often not home during the evenings.)

7:00pm: Grey's Anatomy
8:00pm: Scrubs
8:30pm: The Office
10:00pm: Survivor
11:00pm: CSI

Thank goodness I stopped watching The O.C. a couple seasons back.

I just hope the ratings for Scrubs are strong-ish.

November 30 2006 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thomas Vogh

You're right. You can only watch one program at a time, even with a TiVo. I guess it just gets my goat thinking of all the prep time needed to use multiple VCRs...scheduling the shows via the inferior interface on a weekly if not daily basis, swapping out tapes, suffering through the tape degradation or buying new tapes regularly, and so on...when they have a technology that does exactly what you want it to do, across two tuners. I mean, you're a writer for the most prestigious TV news and review blog on the internets...and you use a VCR set-up. This is like a graphic designer trying to ply his art with a Commodore 64. You have written on numerous occasions how you "might cave" and get a DVR. Just do it, is all I'm saying. Pick up a TiVo dual-tuner, write it off as a business expense, pen a glowing entry saying you can't believe you held out this long, and live happily ever-after.

November 30 2006 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thomas, I don't get how selecting what to watch and what to record changes with a TiVo. Yes, I might be able to time-shift a little more tightly (like starting to watch Grey's at 9:30 instead of 10, knowing the device is recording ahead). But it's still a matter of picking what to watch now and what to watch later. TiVo or no TiVo, you can only watch one show at a time.

November 30 2006 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thomas Vogh

Dude, it kills me each time you write these silly articles about how you're going to TAPE things while watching other things. Do us all a favor and go pick up a TiVo dual-tuner. You can start watching your shows at 8:10, and zip through the commercials. Frankly, I'd rather read a silly article about how you can't believe you waited so long to join TiVo Nation rather than get sucked into your mini-crisis each time a network opts to take on the competiton.

November 30 2006 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thursday's from Heck is right! I'm negotiating this Thursday by recording all the NBC shows from 8PM - 11PM (Earl, Office, Scrubs, ER), and Watching Ugly Betty & Grey's live. I don't know what the F I'm going to do when Supernatural returns with new episodes. Scrubs & 30 Rock better produce the funny if they hope to keep the slot I reserved for my Man Cheese show with surprisingly good stories this year.

November 30 2006 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Watch Survivor and CSI live, watch DVVRed Earl and The Office at 10:00. My wife will watch DVRed Grey's tomorrow. I hate Scrubs, so that's no loss, but with only a two tuner DVR, that leaves me hoping that NBC will have a full 30 Rock online rather than the two minute recap. If they do not, that's one show that I guess I will not watch.

November 30 2006 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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