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It’s been a difficult week in that there was just so much to watch.  Not only were there a large number of pilots to watch and critique, but there were also quite a few returning shows that need to be ripped apart.

House, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Castle, Glee, Parenthood, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Bones, Big Bang Theory, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Community, the Simpsons, and Family Guy… all shows I’ve come to love very much for very different reasons.  You can find all of my thoughts after the jump. Continue reading

I’ve been struggling for weeks with what to watch this season for tv.  Do I want to add more comedies?  Is there room for another drama?  So many questions and less than a week to go until the major premiers start happening.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am more reliant on my DVR now than I ever have been.  I find this is because Hubs and I keep relatively different schedules and watch most of our shows together.

So without further adieu, here are my recommendations.

On Monday:

  • At 8PM, How I Met Your Mother. Although, I don’t hold out much hope for this particular series anymore.  I’ve been let down way too many times, and the new “let’s finally meet the mother storyline seems too good to be true.
  • Also at 8PM, you’ll find House.  I’ve always loved this one.  I find that I enjoy recording it and watching it right away.  Unfortunately, FOX and Verizon do not have any type of agreement for OnDemand programming, so I can’t say just look for this one OnDemand like I would for some other favorites.
  • At 9PM, Two and a Half Men.  This is another show that’s been around for awhile, but has started lacking in overall story.
  • At 10PM is one of my favorites, Castle.  But this one you can find OnDemand.
  • Check out the new Hawaii 5-0, also at 10PM.  I’m not so sure about this one, mostly because there’s been so much hype around it.  I’ll give it 3-episodes.

On Tuesday:

  • At 8PM, a fan favorite Glee will be there to watch and love and sing along with.
  • No Ordinary Family with Julie Benz will also show up in the 8PM spot.  I love Julie Benz, and I like the idea of superheroes.  This happens to be an ABC show, so I may or may not try to check it out OnDemand.  If it’s good enough, I’ll just have to watch it live or DVR it.
  • At 10PM, watch Parenthood. You will often find NBC shows OnDemand, but it’s still a great show to watch.

On Wednesday:

  • Check out a new JJ Abrams show at 8PM.  Undercovers.  It looks good, but only time will tell.
  • At 9PM, my new guilty pleasure Hellcats is on.  Yes.  I enjoy shows about cheerleaders.  It might be awful, but it’s like a car wreck or going to a hockey game.
  • Also at 9PM is Modern Family.  You’d be a fool to miss this Emmy Award Winning show.
  • At 9:30PM, watch Cougar Town.  Although it’s less about cougaring and more about dysfunctional families, it’s still pretty good.  And Jennifer Aniston will be making a cameo this season.

On Thursday:

  • At 8PM, on a Thursday night which is the most jampacked night for tv, you should be watching Community.  If you caught it last season, you’re in for a treat in the next season.  If you missed it, well… you missed a lot.
  • Also at 8PM on CBS is The Big Bang Theory.  Enough said.
  • At 9PM you should watch The Office.  It is Steve Carrell’s last season, and it would be a shame to miss it.  Even though I think they should throw in the towel after this…
  • I’m a HUGE Grey’s Anatomy fan.  You’ll find it at 9PM on ABC.  However, if you miss it, you might be able to catch in OnDemand.
  • If you like Grey’s, you probably like Private Practice, which is on immediately after at 10PM.

On Friday:

  • You should be trying to catch up on anything you missed and delete things from your DVR to make room for the following week.  I don’t usually find anything of interest on Friday nights, but you can be the judge.

On Saturday:

  • Get outside.  Enjoy some fresh air.  Come home, rent a movie and relax.  Or… go out.  Have date night.  There’s nothing really good on anyway.

On Sunday:

  • At 8PM, you can find a classic staple in American television, The Simpsons.
  • At 9PM, you MUST watch Dexter on Showtime.  Period.  The End.

So, Gentle Readers, those are my opinions on what to watch this season.  I’m sure as the season gears up, there will be some changes to the lineup.

What will YOU be watching this fall season?

Well, this coming week is still chock full of premieres.  I’m not entirely sure I’ll be watching EVERYTHING.  In fact, I don’t think I’ll be watching many more premieres.

So, here’s what’s happening next week:

Monday, Sept. 28

  • Lie to Me, 9 p.m. (Fox)
  • Trauma, 9 p.m. (NBC)

I considered watching Lie to Me, and I’m wondering if I should even bother trying to record it.  To be perfectly honest, my Monday nights are all booked up.  With everything on CBS and of course House, I don’t think I want to kill my DVR by overloading it.  Besides, I think by that point, my DVR will say 95% full.  Just a guess.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

  • Hell’s Kitchen, 8 p.m. (Fox)
  • Shark Tank, 8 p.m. (ABC)
  • Dancing With the Stars, 9 p.m. (ABC)

This is an interesting night for television.  As in, there is nothing on that I would actually be interested in.  I think I’d like to use Tuesdays as a day to catch up on what I HAVEN’T already watched on my DVR.  I’ve always loved Hell’s Kitchen, though… We shall see.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

  • Hank, 8 p.m. (ABC)
  • The Middle, 8:30 pm. (ABC)

Wednesday… Wednesday… Wednesday.  Hmm.. what to watch… I think I’m not down with the premieres this week.

Thursday, Oct. 1

  • Private Practice, 10 p.m. (ABC)

I haven’t watched this show since the first season.  I won’t be picking it back up.  Mostly because Thursday is another DVR-heavy night, with tons to watch.  And also, Jay Leno seems to be on at 10, and Chriso loves to watch it.

Friday, Oct 2

  • ‘Til Death, 8:30 p.m. (Fox)
  • Stargate Universe, 9 p.m. (Syfy)

Um, again, nothing I really want to watch.  I’m down for another week and potentially AWESOME episode of Dollhouse.

Sunday, Oct. 3

  • America’s Funniest Home Videos, 7 p.m (ABC)
  • Three Rivers, 9 p.m. (CBS)

Well, again, no.  Simpsons.  Family Guy.  Perhaps a movie.  But the premieres are still lacking by this point.

What will YOU be watching this week?

The Office – The Meeting

Michael gets worried after David Wallace and Jim have a private meeting. Pam tries to get a headcount for the wedding. Darryl’s worker’s compensation claim makes Dwight suspicious.

No one should be surprised that this week’s episode was a little weaker than the premiere.  Actually, while it was a weaker episode with comedy, I definitely think it was more emotionally charged than most episodes.  And that came from the tension between Jim and Michael.  Jim exerts himself and basically reprimands Michael for telling David that he didn’t deserve the promotion.

It was really cool to see Jim take a stand.  I can’t wait to see that play out more now that they are going to be “Co-Managers.”

Community – Spanish 101

In Spanish class, Senor Chang asks the students to pair up for a project. Jeff’s attempt to team up with Britta fails and he ends up displeased with his actual partner. Annie and Shirley assist Britta with her cause for social justice.

Second episode out of the way – and not as good as the first.  Although Chevy Chase is making strides at being one of the funnier characters on the show.  I don’t have much to say about this episode other than Chevy Chase was funny.  I’ve watched it 3 times, and I’m really not impressed by it.  One more episode will tell.  And also, Chriso is LOVING the show, so it looks like it may be a permanent fixture on my DVR.  * sigh *


Parks and Recreation – Stakeout

After discovering marijuana being grown in the pit, Leslie becomes determined to find out whose crop she had stumbled across.

Umm… it was all about weed.  Oh, and Amy Poehler was funny.


Bones – Harbingers in the Fountain

For the past six weeks Booth has been recovering from brain surgery, and Sweets has finally certified him as mentally fit to return to duty. Meanwhile, while reading her tarot cards, Angela’s psychic reveals that there are several bodies buried under a fountain. Booth and Brennan are skeptical about checking it out, but are surprised when they find the remains of eleven bodies exactly where the psychic said they’d be.

Cyndi Lauper was the guest star.  Chriso and I watched the ENTIRE episode before he said, HEY, I know her.

Bones – The Bond in the Boot

Brennan and Booth are asked to investigate the death of a man who was murdered for the secret contents of his briefcase. They suspect that secret operatives are at work, and their theory is proven correct when they find the liquified remains of a CIA agent in the trunk of a car. Meanwhile, Brennan’s new best-selling book causes tension between her and Booth, and Wendell loses his scholarship.

These last two episodes of Bones were really very good.  It’s the same formula as it’s always been, which is good.  What makes this season really good so far is the relationship between Booth and Bones.  There’s always been tension, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this season would be THE season where they would finally decide that they need to be together.  Anyone who has been faithful to the show will know the excitement.  The old adage goes that loyalty will always be rewarded.  So, I think we are going to see some rewards this weekend.

What were you watching this week?

Glee – Preggers

Kurt joins the football team just to impress his father. Finn and Quinn’s relationship get a shocking development. Rachel thinks her star is fading when Tina is given a better part during rehearsals which causes her to leave. Sue continues her schemes to dismantle the glee club.

I totally forgot about the other things I wanted to record from Wednesday.  I remember vaguely wanting to watch Cougar Town and Modern Family, but they both COMPLETELY slipped my mind.  But I heard Modern Family was awesome.

ANYway – Glee.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m LOVING this show.  I’m honestly really surprised at how much I’m enjoying it.  And this week’s episode was pretty much an hour-long parody of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”  And it was great.

Not gonna lie, I’m a little turned off by the storyline with Mr. Shue’s wife, and how she’s had a hysterical pregnancy, and is trying to steal a baby from a high school girl who doesn’t want to tell anyone she’s knocked up.  It makes her less and less likable.  But maybe that’s the point.  Meh, who cares.

Everything else was so cool.  Although, I found myself realizing that I was SO Rachel in high school.  I was always the complainer and EXTREMELY high maintenance when it came to music and drama.  So, kudos to the music director for putting up with it.  Yup, I was Rachel.  Looking back, it’s hysterical and sad all at the same time.  But I guess that’s another reason to love the show: it’s relatable.

Can’t wait for next week’s episode.

I’ve been thinking – now that I have cable and my DVR set up, it’s high time I brought back a recurring post that I like to call DVR Roulette.  I had tried doing this a while back, but unfortunately, I could not find the time.  However, I think I’m going to make a little more effort, and really bring you some quality posts.  And besides, who doesn’t love a recurring post every week?  I know I do!

So, every week, I’ll let you know what’s on, what’s new, what’s not, and what I’ll be watching and recording.

So, for next week: September 21-27

Monday, Sept. 21

  • Dancing With the Stars, 8 p.m. (ABC)
  • Heroes, 8 p.m. (NBC)
  • House, 8 p.m. (Fox)
  • How I Met Your Mother, 8 p.m. (CBS)
  • Accidentally on Purpose, 8:30 p.m. (CBS)
  • Two and a Half Men, 9 p.m. (CBS)
  • The Big Bang Theory, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)
  • Castle, 10 p.m. (ABC)
  • CSI: Miami, 10 p.m. (CBS)

This premiere week is going to be a difficult one.  Mostly because there’s SOOOO much to watch, and a lot of things conflict.  It’s a good thing that websites like Hulu and various network sites exist, because my DVR can only handle two recordings at a time.  I’m thinking the sitcoms will take precedence to watch live.  HIMYM, Big Bang, and Two and a Half Men will all be watched live.  Probably.  And I think I’ll record House this week.  Heroes will have to be an afterthought.  Seriously, I wasn’t much into it last season, so it’s not very high on my priority list.  And I’m definitely thinking that Castle is going to be recorded and watched.  I want to get a feel for Nathan Fillion in a different role.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

  • NCIS, 8 p.m. (CBS)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles, 9 p.m. (CBS)
  • The Forgotten, 10 p.m. (ABC)
  • The Good Wife, 10 p.m. (CBS)

Ummm… I actually have no desire to watch ANY of those shows.  Maybe The Forgotten.  Christian Slater didn’t get much of a chance in his show last season, and he’s really a fantastic television actor.  But nothing else really seems to stand out.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

  • Mercy, 8 p.m. (NBC)
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine, 8 p.m. (CBS)
  • Gary Unmarried, 8:30 p.m. (CBS)
  • Criminal Minds, 9 p.m. (CBS)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 9 p.m. (NBC)
  • Modern Family, 9 p.m. (ABC)
  • Cougar Town, 9:30 p.m. (ABC)
  • CSI: NY, 10 p.m. (CBS)
  • Eastwick, 10 p.m. (ABC)

Wednesday is an interesting night for television.  I’ve seen previews for Modern Family, and Chriso has an expressed interest in watching it, so we’ll give it a chance.  And Gary Unmarried was funny last season, so that is worth a try.  And then there’s Cougar Town with Courtney Cox.  I LOVED her in Dirt, the short-lived, 2-season FX show, but I’m really excited to see her in an actual sitcom again.

Thursday, Sept. 24

  • Flash Forward, 8 p.m. (ABC)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 9 p.m. (CBS)
  • Grey’s Anatomy, 9 p.m. (ABC)
  • The Mentalist, 10 p.m. (CBS)

I didn’t list the other shows that are usually on Thursday nights.  Mostly because I’m still getting through the premiers.  But I will definitely be watching the Office.  I may have to take a look at Grey’s Anatomy.  I didn’t watch much of it last season, but what I’ve found is that ABC shows don’t stream online very well, whether it be on the ABC site or Hulu or wherever.  What does that mean?  Watch it live.  Or record it.  Thursdays are usually full of GREAT programming… I swear, I’ll have it all figured out in a few weeks and a regular TV-viewing schedule on the books.

Friday, Sept. 25

  • Brothers, 8 p.m. (Fox)
  • Smallville, 8 p.m. (CW)
  • Ghost Whisperer, 8 p.m. (CBS)
  • Law & Order, 8 p.m. (NBC)
  • Dollhouse, 9 p.m. (Fox)
  • Southland, 9 p.m. (NBC)
  • Medium, 9 p.m. (CBS)
  • Numb3rs, 10 p.m. (CBS)

Dollhouse.  Dollhouse.  Dollhouse.  Dollhouse.  Dollhouse.  Honestly, I can’t watch Smallville because I have several seasons to catch up on.  And I can’t stand Jennifer Love Hewitt, so Ghost Whisperer is out.  So, at the moment, Dollhouse is the only thing that matters on Friday night.

Saturday, Sept. 26

  • Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m. (NBC)

Um, this one is a little up in the air.  I may watch the premiere to see what the season is going to look like, but to be perfectly honest, I may just go to bed.  I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to watch.

Sunday, Sept. 27

  • 60 Minutes, 7 p.m. (CBS)
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 7 p.m. (ABC)
  • The Amazing Race, 8 p.m. (CBS)
  • The Simpsons, 8 p.m. (Fox)
  • The Cleveland Show, 8:30 p.m. (Fox)
  • Desperate Housewives, 9 p.m. (ABC)
  • Dexter, 9 p.m. (Showtime)
  • Family Guy, 9 p.m. (Fox)
  • American Dad, 9:30 p.m. (Fox)
  • Brothers & Sisters, 10 p.m. (ABC)
  • Cold Case, 10 p.m. (CBS)
  • Californication, 10 p.m. (Showtime)

Well, I’ve been a FOX-fan for quite some time now, so I’ll probably watch the Simpsons, The Family Guy and want to check out the spinoff of that, which is the Cleveland Show.  Sadly, I do not have Showtime, otherwise Dexter would be at the top of my “to watch” list.  Seriously.  I even got my mom into watching Dexter.  It is truly AWESOME!

Ok, I’m pretty sure that’s going to be it for now.  I’m sure if I think of something else, I’ll get it down.  So stay tuned for next weeks edition of


Gentle readers, what will YOU be watching this week?