Unsnarling tonight's TV Traffic Jam

This season, there are so many good TV series on at the same time, it’s hard to watch them all, or even to program your TiVo to record them all. At least the networks have started helping you catch up via reruns airing on their sister cable channels and streaming on their websites. Still, it’s tough to plan your evening of viewing, recording, and streaming if you don’t know where to find all the alternative ways to catch tonight’s shows.

That’s why, as a public service, PopWatch will offer periodic TV Traffic Jam reports to help you untangle a given night’s pile-up of worthy shows. For starters, tonight, how will you navigate the swamp from 8 to 9, which involves My Name Is Earl and The Office on NBC, Ugly Betty on ABC, ‘Til Death on Fox, Smallville on the CW, and Survivor on CBS? Here’s how: You could also catch Ugly Betty tomorrow night on ABC Family, and you’ll be able to watch Survivor online at CBS.com. From 9 to 10, there’s a showdown among CSI (CBS), Deal or No Deal (NBC), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Celebrity Duets (Fox), and Supernatural (CW), but Grey’s is also airing again tomorrow night on ABC. At 10, it’s Shark on CBS, Six Degrees on ABC, and ER on NBC, but Six Degrees, like the rest of tonight’s ABC lineup, will be streaming later at ABC.com.

Check back with PopWatch for frequent TV Traffic Jam updates.

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  • FernLaPlante

    Here’s some suggestions to make the choices even easier. Don’t bother with Til Death since it is horrible and will be cancelled any day now. Skip Deal or No Deal because its a game show and who really cares. You can catch repeats of that when the other shows are on hiatus.

  • Jeremy

    I cannot speak for all Canuckleheads (Canadians for the unaware) but it sucks that we are unable to stream video online from ABC/CBS/iTunes, etc. For some reason – likely to do with rights issues from carriers up here – we get the proverbial shaft. Thankfully, we DO get a ‘timeshift’ package from most satellite/cable companies that allow TV-philes like ME to watch/record ALL my shows at various times when they air in different timezones.
    I can watch Grey’s at 8pm CST and then see CSI at 11pm. Whatever I cannot get to, I simply record and watch later. It messes up the schedule but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do….
    Thank goodness the rest of the week pretty much sucks – less TV show logjams.

  • Patti

    Project Runway on TIVO – 7pm
    Earl/Office – live
    Go to bed (early riser) – 9pm
    CSI – TIVO for tomorrow night
    Murder City (BBC) – TIVO for tomorrow night
    Daily Show/Colbert – 6 am tomorrow with Pilates

  • Rosie

    Why do all the best shows air Thursday night? Well, ALMOST all. If Heroes, Gilmore and Studio 60 start airing on Thursday, my TV will blow up. Add my man Kyle Chandler’s Friday Night Lights on that day, too, and I’m just giving up on the medium altogether from the stress of it all. ha.

  • newbie

    Crud! This isn’t fair! I forgot about Earl& the Office! Keep up these reairing listings or I am going to have to buy 6 Tivos!

  • Bill

    Man, my two VCR’s (sue me, I haven’t been able to join the digital age completely yet) already hate me. I was dreading this night (and am not looking forward when 30 Rock starts) because of the 8 p.m. hour alone. I think after this week, though, some ABC streaming will be in my future (we’ll see how episode 1 goes).

  • Simon

    ITA, Jeremy. Thank goodness for timeshifting in Canada. Here’s my schedule:
    ER at 7pm
    Ugly Betty at 8pm
    CSI at 9pm
    Shark at 10pm
    Grey’s at 11pm (season’ premiere thanks to CTV snafu) Grey’s at midnight (episode 2)
    Can my night get any better?

  • Laura

    To be honest, The Office is (*gasp!*) the ONLY show I watch on Thursdays. Occasionally I’ll check out Earl while I’m waiting for The Office to start, but frankly that’s it. Don’t like any of the other shows, and as for Ugly Betty? Meh. Isn’t interesting me enough to devote DVR space to it. The Office rules Thursday!

  • liz

    Ok, I must be the only person on the planet that isn’t worried about watching any of Thursday night shows. And I do watch tv. All I hear is a big deal about nothing. At least I go to school Thursday nights or I would have nothing to wach on tv.

  • Dave

    8-9, The Office and My Name is Earl (DVR Ugly Betty)
    9-10, Grey’s
    10-11, Six Degrees

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