- Mondays at 10--Castle v. The Blacklist v. Hostages--Castle was hit or miss last year (the ludicrous Taken-esque two-parter and the silly "Beckett's mother" mythology stuff were low points), and Blacklist and Hostages are both getting big promo pushes. Hostages seems to raise a lot of questions of if there's a show there long-term, so I think it loses the third slot, especially since CBS will assuredly repeat it on Fridays.
- Tuesdays at 8--NCIS v. The Originals v. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. v. The Biggest Loser v. Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Dads--Given its pedigree, SHIELD gets priority here. The other slot is tough, I've never watched Vampire Diaries, so a spinoff isn't a high priority for me, so that's out. The very positive reception to Brooklyn Nine-Nine means it gets a shot for me over NCIS, again, in part because I know CBS will rerun the episodes later.
- Thursdays at 9--Grey's Anatomy v. Reign v. Glee v. The Crazy Ones/Two and A Half Men v. Sean Saves The World/The Michael J. Fox Show--This is the murderer's row slot. Grey's stays--despite some ups and downs, the show is coming off a solid season, and the newer characters are working well with the ensemble. I gave up Glee last season due to conflicts in this slot, and watching the repeats this summer has confirmed I made the right decision (the Lima stuff is terrible, and the NYC stuff is little more than wish fulfillment). Reign looks interesting, but I can't realistically give it a shot in this slot. Much as I love Amber Tamblyn, she's not getting me to watch 2.5 Men, nor is Megan Hilty enough to make me want to watch Sean (though Victor Fresco, who created Better Off Ted and Andy Richter Controls The Universe, as showrunner gives me hope). The Crazy Ones could be a complete trainwreck, but it should be a fascinating one, and I have enough residual goodwill for Michael J. Fox that I'll take him on.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
DUAL TUNER DILEMMAS: With the new fall TV season fast approaching, it's time to look at the tough DVR dilemmas:
Posted by Matt at 9:15 AM