The timeslot war that pains you the most

Privilegementalfringe_lAs I write this, my DVR is a few short hours away from taping The CW’s Privileged and CBS’s The Mentalist and not Fox’s Fringe at 9 p.m. ET. I have my reasons, but I’ve been second-guessing the decision all day. Were I a sane person, it wouldn’t matter: I know I can watch Fringe tomorrow on Hulu, and I’m not a Nielsen family, so I don’t have to feel guilty for affecting the show’s ratings and betraying Joshua Jackson. Still, I feel… anxious. What if at 9:15 p.m I realize I made a mistake? It’ll be too late to change the channel. I’ll still have to watch Fringe tomorrow.

Here are my questions for you:

1. Now that so many episodes are available online the day after they air, do you still find yourself stressing over timeslot traffic jams? 

2. If you answered yes, which timeslot war pains you the most and which show is the casualty?

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  • Kristin

    I, too, have the same delimma about tonight’s shows, but Priviliged is out in the cold. I also struggle on Mondays at 8 with Gossip Girl, Chuck, and How I Met Your Mother.

  • Kalman

    Hulu has definitely made life easier, but you have to know which shows can wait a day. The most crowded timeslot is 8pm on Monday. We’ve got Chuck, Terminator, and HIMYM. Terminator gets the morning after treatment.

  • marion

    My only timeslot war grievance is Monday 8-9. I watch Big Bang Theory & How I Met Your Mother, I Tivo The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and I Tivo the Gossip Girl encore the following Sunday.
    But I really don’t stress because I know I can catch most of the stuff I miss online within a few days. Which will come in handy once Pushing Daisies starts again and I have to decide between that and Bones.

  • el

    Mondays is my only ‘conflict’ with Chuck, How I Met Your Mother, and Terminator. Terminator loses, and we watch it online later. Tuesdays would have been the exact same problem as yours, Mandi, with the same decision, if I hadn’t decided I couldn’t deal with ANOTHER Lost. ‘Lost: Original Flavor’ pisses me off enough as it is. :)
    PS — If Fringe makes it the season and turns out to be awesome, I will certainly pick it up over the summer.

  • K

    Thursdays are always bad for me between ABC dramas and NBC comedies, but now that shows are online and I’m not busy at work on Fridays, my stress level has gone down quite a bit.

  • PJ

    My time slot war is also Monday from 8-9 (Chuck, Terminator, Big Bang, How I Met Your Mother). I decided to record Chuck and Terminator and watch the CBS comedies online. But this week was particularly painful when the Steelers played Monday Night Football (I recorded Chuck for multiple viewings). Also, I found out this morning that Big Bang isn’t replayed online (at least not yet).

  • Vlada

    Mondays at 8 p.m.! I watch Chuck, Gossip Girl, HIMYM and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles. It’s really tough deciding which to watch, record or download.

  • Nee Nee

    It’s simple: at&t U-Verse. I can record up to 4 shows at one time. It’s a couch potatoe’s dream. It has, however, caused me to record record even more shows than I need to, which means I have almost too much to keep up with.

  • Annie

    Mondays are the worst. We have How I Met Your Mother, Chuck, Terminator, and Gossip Girl all in the same time slot. We’re TiVoing HIMYM and Chuck, taping GG in our bedroom with ye olde VCR, and watching Terminator on the Fox website the next day (or whenever). I wish the networks would consult me about scheduling so they could arrange it for my personal convenience, but having show available on the internet ASAP after broadcast is the next best thing, I guess.

  • E

    I concur about Mondays at 8 (Chuck, HIMYM, Gossip Girl and T:SCC)

  • Crystal

    Wow. I typed mine up before I could see the other comments. Clearly some execs need to work this out!
    Monday 9-10 pm
    How I Met Your Mother
    Gossip Girl
    Sarah Conner Chronicles

  • jaime

    We have only one DVR in our house cus i paid to have it in my room lol…well i live with my sis & bro in law. The only two shows they ask me to DVR are One Tree Hill and Heroes on monday nites. . .i dont watch either of the shows…well as i was reading EW fall preview i realized Samantha Who? starts on Oct 6 and is in that time slot. . .i can only record 2shows at a time. . .im so pissed cus they wont let me stop recording the other 2 shows cus they tell me that monday is the only night they ever ask me to record something. So im going to be missing Samantha Who…im so mad!

  • Alaina

    Wow, it seems almost everyone has the same timeslot problem: Monday at 8! I watch HIMYM live since it’s my first Monday night love then tape Gossip Girl. Thursdays are also tricky…The Office or Grey’s….laughs or whining? I choose laughs and roll my eyes at the whining later (for some reason I can’t not watch Grey’s!).

  • elaine

    Wednesdays at 8pm will end up being the worst for me:
    Pushing Daisies
    New Adventures of Old Christine

  • Jenny

    Yep, it’s the Monday night pile up of HIMYM, Gossip Girl, and Chuck for me. Luckily they premiered Chuck early on Amazon unbox so that solved this week. It looks like Chuck in on Hulu, so that will be my choice in the future.

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