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Fall TV's Five Toughest Tradeoffs

Fall TV's Five Toughest Tradeoffs

"What am I going to watch tonight?" Once Fall TV kicks in next week, that question gets more complicated. New series will duke it out with returning favorites for TiVo space, and some of my beloved shows will go head-to-head. Though there are plenty of ways to watch everything eventually, a gal can still only watch one thing at once, so here are the toughest tradeoffs on my schedule — and how I plan to solve them.

No. 5: Dexter vs. True Blood (Sundays, 9 p.m.) — If you have both HBO and Showtime, you're going to have a tough choice come September. Six Feet Under's Alan Ball makes his return to TV with the vampire-themed True Blood on HBO, while Dexter continues his slashing ways over on Showtime. Should you watch what could be the next big cable series — or the one that's a solid hit right now? Verdict: Established Dexter fans should probably stick with that series, but if you're new to the show, I'd TiVo it and watch True Blood live.

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No. 4: Ugly Betty vs. Kath and Kim (Thursdays, 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) — ABC vs. NBC has been a good battle on Thursdays for a couple of years now (though ratings-wise, CBS usually wins the night). This year's biggest new entry looks to be Kath and Kim, the Selma Blair and Molly Shannon comedy that's overlapping with the second half of Ugly Betty. Both shows feature a hearty helping of ludicrous fashion, and while Ugly Betty was starting to feel a little stale last season, Kath and Kim is something fresh. Verdict: For at least the first couple of weeks, I'd stick with Betty first. Kath is only a half-hour long, so it's probably easier to squeeze in a TiVo replay.

No. 3: Dirty Sexy Money vs. Lipstick Jungle (Wednesdays, 10 p.m.) — Two shows about rich, well-dressed people are going head-to-head on Wednesdays. Both have intriguing new stars (Dirty Sexy Money has Lucy Liu; Lipstick Jungle has Mary Tyler Moore), and both have promised lots of soapy goodness. Do you want to watch the one whose creators have said will be "dirtier," "sexier," and even "monier" this year? Or should you stick with that other show about money and sex (that is occasionally also dirty)? Verdict: Lipstick is only guaranteed seven episodes this season, so I'd make those my priority. Dirty Sexy Money will be around for a while, so if you end up TiVoing a few, they won't be irrelevant.

No. 2: Friday Night Lights vs. legality. (Constantly, starting Oct. 1) — So, FNL won't be back on NBC till the Winter, but it will be on DirecTV in October — and I can't see how NBC is going to be able to keep it offline after that. Not that I'm encouraging digital piracy, but it's going to be tough to know FNL is out there and still stay away. Yet if people watch illegally, the show might not get the ratings needed to keep it going on NBC. What's a fan to do? Verdict: Blame Zach Gilford for this one. At the TCA press tour, the alter ego of QB Matt Saracen said he'd suggest fans watch the online version but pledge to turn on NBC later anyway. Hey, I'm just the messenger.

No. 1: Gossip Girl vs. Chuck (Mondays, 8 p.m.) — So, which Josh Schwartz show do you like better: the one with all the sex and drama, or the one with the goofy spy stuff? Cause they're up against each other on Monday nights now, and you'll have to pick one to watch first. Granted, Chuck had the better ratings last year — but it's Gossip Girl that gets the buzz. Verdict: If your friends will all be talking about Blair and Chuck in the morning, watch GG first. Chuck deserves a TiVo spot for sure, though.

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sushibananas sushibananas 8 years
Chuck Chuck Chuck! ;p
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Cocoangel - Oh thats true. I forgot that Pushing Daisies isn't coming out for awhile...can't wait!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Personally, I think the worst part of the Gossip Girl/Chuck stand off is the fact that I can't TiVo HIMYM anymore, since it's on in the middle of those two :(
Cocoangel Cocoangel 8 years
californiagirlx7, the good news is that we won't have to decide for a few weeks because Pushing Daisies' season premiere is Oct. 1 and ANTM starts next week!
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
5-LOVE Allan Ball and will watch him over Dexter. 4-I'd TIVO UB and watch Kath and Kim. UB is waning thin. 3-DSM over LJ...just b/c I'm sick of the tired entourage of women 2-don't really care. 1-Never seen it, but GG. Can't find CW on my TV.
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 8 years
I choose: True Blood, Kath and Kim, and Gossip Girl...i can dvr dexter when it replays!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
CocoAngel - Pushing Daisies and America's Next Top Model are the only shows that I struggle with too. I like both shows so much, but I usually end up watching ANTM because the CW isn't good about posting the episodes online (unless you want to buy them) so I usually end up watching Pushing Daisies on Gossip Girl and Ugly Betty are two of the very few shows that I like to watch anymore. I used to have shows that were "must-see TV" from 8-11 pm every night, but not anymore...
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
SweetPeasMom — stay tuned. I've got a calendar coming soon!
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 8 years
Buzz - are you going to do a rundown of when our shows are premiering?
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I never watched Chuck, Friday Night Lights or Dirty Sexy Money so there is not choice for me there. Dexter Vs True Blood well I have a DVR ( Tivo) so I'm going to watch both!
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
for me, one tree hill and heroes are on at the same time and smallville and ugly betty,dont have tivo so have to watch one of these and watch the rest on the internet
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
No dilemna here...the only show I'll be watching will be Chuck. Depending on how good they are, I may have a conflict with Fringe and The Mentalist.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great posting, Buzz. Dexter, Dirty Sexy Money and Ugly Betty will likely get watched in real time at our house; Kath and Kim and True Blood will be recorded. Tough choices though.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Dexter and Chuck are my two shows I'm most looking forward to! But I want to check out Kath and Kim too.
fen fen 8 years
Making decisions about fall tv is always hard. But, this year it seems easier to me. Sadly, i don't have HBO or Showtime so that question is out and I never watched Dirty, Sexy, Money or Lipstick Jungle (thought I'm not sure why...I love Peter Krause). As for the others here are my choices: Ugly Betty, Friday Night Lights, and Chuck.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
Buzz--Me and my TiVo thank you for your insight! I cannot wait for your Fall 2008 TV Guide like you had last year--I'm looking forward to printing that out!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I don't want to wait until winter to see Riggins!!! I will probably watch it online and then on the tv so they still get their ratings!
Cocoangel Cocoangel 8 years
Pushing Daisies vs ANTM is my DVR struggle on Wednesday night. We usually end up watching ANTM and recording Pushing Daisies. Thursday night is awful because of the Grey's Anatomy vs CSI vs The Office.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well - for me - i'm really excited about Kath and Kim Lipstick Jungle and the others - well i'll sort it out as they come. it's always hard at the very beginning of the season - you're not sure which show is going to be better so you don't know which to watch now and which to hold off on.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
I'm totally choosing Gossip Girl, DSM, & Ugly Betty for sure, even though I really wanted to see Kath & Kim cause I don't have tivo
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
I hope that I do not run in to tivo trouble this year like last year!! I had 3 shows on at once and had to watch private practice live while I had 2 others taping!!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Oooo I :love: Dirty Sexy Money!
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