What shows are you pruning from your TV schedule?

15519__skeet_lAdios, Jericho. I’ll see you in January (maybe), Survivor. The Nine, I think I’ll miss you most of all. (Would you be up for a strictly Internets-based relationship?) Yes, folks, it’s that time of year when my DVR fills to near-overflow capacity, my weekends get spent in a frenzy of catch-up TV watching, and I consider checking into a clinic for television dependency. (But it feels so good!) And then, finally, I decide it’s time for some tough love.

For me, Wednesdays are so packed, with Lost, Dancing With the Stars, and America’s Next Top Model on my must-see list, and Medium and American Idol returning soon. And that’s why tonight, I’m deleting my backlog of Jericho episodes, and extinguishing my season pass. Admittedly, this move has been a long time coming; I haven’t actually watched since the totally ludicrous second episode, where Skeet Ulrich (pictured) tried to make like a small-screen Jean-Claude Van Damme. I just didn’t have the heart to pull the plug, till now anyway. Same with The Nine, though the siren call of back episodes at ABC.com has me reconsidering.

As for Survivor, I’ve only missed one season since its debut, but it’s fallen to fourth place (behind Ugly Betty, The Office, and Grey’s Anatomy) on my Thursday-night dance card, and, well, I just don’t have that much love to give — not since the Cylons started invading my heart every Friday. I know I’m not alone, so tell the PopWatch therapy circle about the tough TV cutbacks being made in your home as the holiday approaches. There’ll be cookies and juice (plus hugs) for those of you brave enough to share.

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  • b

    I’ve given up on Studio 60 and The Nine. There just isn’t enough time. I’m also worried about Daybreak….hate the way Taye Diggs says “I love you” in the preview they broadcast CONSTANTLY. Picky!

  • Vance

    Prison Break is gone, Jericho is gone. Standoff is gone. Cant keep up with Survivor or Dancing with the Stars anymore. What About Brian, Six Degrees and The OC are on the bubble for me (and only OC for Everwood’s Chris Pratt). I’m way behind on The Nine, House, Bones, Boston Legal, Everybody Hates Chris, though I do plan to catch up. Still, as a TV fan, there’s just too much now!

  • Aleks

    Time to trim the fat Project Runway style!
    How I Met Your Mother, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, America’s Next Top Model, Heroes, House, Lost, The O.C., Battlestar Galactica, My Name Is Earl, Grey’s Anatomy, The Nine, Friday Night Lights, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Brothers & Sisters: You’re scores have qualified you for the next round. You’re all in.
    The following had the lowest and high scores:
    The Office, you came very close to winning with your side-splitting “Diwali” episode, but Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) annoying antics keep derailing the show. Don’t get sidetracked. You’re in.
    And now for the winner:
    Congratulations…Desperate Housewives. You did it! After a belaboring sophomore season, you redeemed yourself with your fantastic grocery store robbery episode “Bang,” which was on par with the pilot. We’re very excited about what coming up from you. You’re in.
    Ugly Betty, you’ve done a great job, and if Housewives wouldn’t have pulled that excellent sweep stunt, then you would’ve won. It’s alright, you’re still amazing. You’re in.
    Prison Break, 30 Rock, one of you will be out.
    Sorry Prison Break, I’ve go three weeks worth of recorded episodes, and I’m not in any way enticed to catch-up. You did well at first, but now you’re just so damn implausible that I can’t watch you without wanting to die inside. I’d rather wait a full half hour after How I Met Your Mother for Heroes than torture myself any longer.
    Also 30 Rock. Tina Fey sparked some interest for me, but she ended up annoying and insufferable. Tracy Jordan however, is hilarious. Too bad we barely ever get to see him. Of the two SNL shows, I’ll stick with even more ratings challenged Studio 60 than waste my time with The Alec Baldwin Show.
    You’re both out. Both of you can hold our interest any longer, and its time we moved on. Auf Wiedersehen, losers.

  • Aleks

    Time to trim the fat Project Runway style!
    How I Met Your Mother, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, America’s Next Top Model, Heroes, House, Lost, The O.C., Battlestar Galactica, My Name Is Earl, Grey’s Anatomy, The Nine, Friday Night Lights, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Brothers & Sisters: You’re scores have qualified you for the next round. You’re all in.
    The following had the lowest and high scores:
    The Office, you came very close to winning with your side-splitting “Diwali” episode, but Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) annoying antics keep derailing the show. Don’t get sidetracked. You’re in.
    And now for the winner:
    Congratulations…Desperate Housewives. You did it! After a belaboring sophomore season, you redeemed yourself with your fantastic grocery store robbery episode “Bang,” which was on par with the pilot. We’re very excited about what’s coming up from you. You’re in.
    Ugly Betty, you’ve done a great job, and if Housewives wouldn’t have pulled that excellent sweep stunt, then you would’ve won. It’s alright, you’re still amazing. You’re in.
    Prison Break, 30 Rock, one of you will be out.
    Sorry Prison Break, I’ve go three weeks worth of recorded episodes, and I’m not in any way enticed to catch-up. You did well at first, but now you’re just so damn implausible that I can’t watch you without wanting to die inside. I’d rather wait a full half hour after How I Met Your Mother for Heroes than torture myself any longer.
    Also 30 Rock. Tina Fey sparked some interest for me, but she ended up being annoying and insufferable. Tracy Jordan however, is hilarious. Too bad we barely ever get to see him. Of the two SNL shows, I’ll stick with even more ratings challenged Studio 60 than waste my time with The Alec Baldwin Show.
    You’re both out. Both of you can’t hold our interest any longer, and its time we moved on. Auf Wiedersehen, losers.

  • Patti

    God love TIVO!
    Studio 60 – season pass deleted
    The Nine – usually a fast forward
    Gilmore, Lost, Daily Show/Colbert, Office, Earl, CSI, House – all get to stay

  • Gretchen Weiners

    The only show I’ve dropped this season so far is Gilmore Girls. But chances are I will pick it back up when DWTS is over. And I must say that I was weak and got back together with ER. Stamos forever!

  • Kari

    These have made the cut:
    Amazing Race, How I met your mother, Studio 60 (although this is hanging on by a thread), Gilmore Girls, America’s Next Top Model, Lost (Wed. is the best t.v. night, I miss you Project Runway), The Office, Survivor, CSI, ER
    (Weekend weekly watch ‘em or delete ‘em: Washington Week, What not to wear, This Week with George Stephanopolous, CBS Sunday Morning, Meet the Press)
    Can’t wait for America Idol….and I know I am in dreamland but The CW couldn’t possibly reassemble the cast and crew of Everwood, could they? I miss you Ephriam and Dr. Brown.

  • almost 40

    I’ve dropped CSI (the original). Not because I like a different show; I just got sick of the same old story/death/murder/blood over and over again. Plus the dialogue has gotten stupid.
    I’m still counting the days until 24 starts up again.

  • mike

    By skipping reality and prcecural police dramas, it eases the load on my DVR. I dumped all the episodes of the Nine and stopped recording Ugly Betty. I know thats sacred this year. I was watching Kidnapped and Smith. I know how to pick ‘em.
    NBC-Leave Studio 60 alone.

  • Dave

    Last night, I made the very tough decision to delete Heroes, Brothers and Sisters, and The Class from my DVR backlog. I just couldn’t keep up. I had episodes piling up, and no desire to watch them. They had to go.
    America’s Next Top Model, 30 Rock, Top Chef, Lost, The Office, My Name is Earl, Desperate Housewives, Survivor, Ugly Betty, Nip/Tuck, Friday Night Lights, How I Met Your Mother, The View, Studio 60, What About Brian, and Oprah all get to stick around (how could I get rid of Oprah!?!).
    Jerico, Prison Break, The Nine, Shark 6 Degrees, Rachel Ray, and the Megan Mullaly Show never made it past the first episode for me. Sorry!
    But I’m pumped for Idol, The Knights of Prosperity, and The Apprentice to return. I’m ready for you guys!

  • Mike in Ja.

    Couldn’t manage House or CSI NY nor The Amazing Race this season; The Nine is on the edge and I don’t know why I am still watching CSI Miami!
    Monday is Prison Break
    Tuesday DWTS L&O SVU or Boston Legal
    Wednesday ANTM, LOST, The Nine
    Thursday Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy
    Sunday DH, Brothers and Sisters
    CSI and Shark – taped recordings a MUST!
    I NEED a LIFE!!!!

  • Dave

    I watch Ugly Better at work, ps, on my lunch breaks. Thank you ABC.com!

  • Cliff

    I’ve dropped Studio 60, the Nine, all CSIs and Lost.

  • Josh

    Totally here you about “Jericho” and “Survivor,” but PLEASE don’t give up on “The Nine”!
    Of course, I sometimes utilize my roommate’s VCR in addition to my own and live viewing, so I might be forced to cut some more soon. The horror!

  • Josh

    Um, I meant “hear.” My caffeine has not kicked in yet…

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