Thursday, May 15, 2008

Blogging the 2008 Upfronts: A Viewer's Guide

Well now that the schedules have all been announced, I suppose it's time for me to see where that leaves my poor DVR. It actually seems a little less crowded than last year -- blame the anemic crop of new shows this fall, not to mention the tendency of more quality shows to hold on until mid-season. And after last year's foray into Friday programming, nothing (besides the ever-awesome The Soup) will be worth watching until Battlestar and Friday Night Lights come back, both probably in January.

Anyway, here's everything I'm intending to watch, before the time slot showdowns and premature cancellations whittle this down considerably by the end of October.

8 PM: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX)
8 PM: Chuck (NBC)
8 PM: Gossip Girl (CW)
8:30 PM: How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
9 PM: Heroes (NBC)
9:30 PM: Samantha Who? (ABC)

So, yeah, 8 PM is a problem. Poor Josh Schwartz has both of his shows going head-to-head (if push comes to shove, I'm choosing Gossip Girl, sorry Chuck). I'd like to give Sarah Connorc another go (I lost the thread at some point last season and never picked it up again), but with three shows (and HIMYM jumping in at 8:30), it's going to be tough. Monday, as I mentioned to someone a few weeks ago, really has become the new Wednesday, particularly if cable keeps throwing The Hills and The Paper and Greek at me.

8 PM: 90210 (CW)
9 PM: Fringe (FOX)
9:30 PM: Kath & Kim (NBC)
10 PM: Eli Stone (ABC)

The 9 PM hour might empty out mighty quick if FOX is quick on the trigger with Fringe and Kath & Kim doesn't prove itself unexpectedly hilarious. FX usually offers something at 10 PM on Tuesdays, too, so whenever Damages or The Riches comes back, that'll go here.

8 PM: America's Next Top Model (CW)
8 PM: Pushing Daisies (ABC)
9 PM: Stylista (CW)
10 PM: Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)

Bravo's usually got some queer-themed show or other at 10 PM, so that'll probably go here also. Still, not too bad. Stylista gets all of one episode to prove itself, by the way.

8 PM: Ugly Betty (ABC)
8 PM: Survivor (CBS)
8:30 PM: 30 Rock (NBC)
9 PM: Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
9 PM: The Office / SNL Thursdays (NBC)
10 PM: Life On Mars (ABC)

The usual Thursday night slaughter seems more tame right now, for whatever reason. Still need to figure out a way around the Ugly Betty/Survivor/30 Rock tangle at 8, but that's nothing new.

9 PM: The Amazing Race (CBS)
10 PM: Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

The only problem here is navigating around the Sunday night post-football delays on CBS.

So what are y'all looking forward to next fall? What am I forgetting? Am I missing the boat with a full hour of Cops on Fridays?

1 comment:

jessica said...

I would recommend AT&T's U-verse service just as soon as it's available to you. It's quad-tuner DVR (suck it, Time Warner!) will easily handle all your tangled shows. My Thursday nights go off without a hitch.