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How Do You Decide Which New Shows to Watch?

While I'm in LA for the TCA press tour, I'm hearing a lot about the new shows the networks are lining up for fall. All of them are competing for viewers, but many of us already have a bunch of favorite shows on our schedule — not to mention a packed TiVo. So I'm wondering: When you're looking at the fall TV offerings, what makes you decide to watch a new show?

beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i usually wait until half way through a season and decide to give in and watch online or whatever, as i don't have a tv or cable - your reviews of shows really help me decide, Buzz. plus, if there are good actors in the show i'm more inclined to watch (sandra oh is the only real reason i started watching grey's anatomy).
shafiii shafiii 10 years
mostly advertising and reading synopses of the show. also if i like the actors ill check it out.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
Probably the advertising most of all, but definitely a little bit of all the others too
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
pinkflats: I totally agree.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
the previews, etc. like for example i'm excited to watch reaper because it had a good preview.
txhottie txhottie 10 years
I use all of the above, plus TiVo. If it isn't conflicting with other shows I already watch, I will TiVo the first episode and watch it. If I like it then I will stick with it. That is how I found What About Brian and Six Degrees - but then the stupid network dropped both of them!!! agggg
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
well if i like an actor, i'll watch the show. i pretty much watched everything that had alias actors in it (heroes, justice, lost). but if a show has seems cool by the commercials, then i'll definitely give it a chance. i don't really go off of friend's recommendations too much unless the show is already available for rent (that's how i became hooked on rescue me).
rubialala rubialala 10 years
All of the above.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
I rely on a mix of the advertising and timing - Men in Trees came on after Grey's this year and got me hooked. Same way with Brothers & Sisters after Desperate Housewives.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Reviews, recommendations and timing guide my viewing habits. I love to watch as many of the new shows as I can to form first impressions, so I guess talent and well written, well paced scripts count as well.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
A combination between advertising, recommendations, and reviews ... but I must admit that advertising is the first thing that draws me in. If I'm not interested or my first impression isn't good, I'm not going to tune in to watch.
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
A cross between talent and advertising. If it catches my eye and doesn't have a cast that repulses me, then I'll tune in.
hepsmom hepsmom 10 years
As someone who watched and LOVED the Victoria Beckham reality show, I realize my opinion is suspect. But I could find the show by flipping as I did that one, or if I have an opening, I'll check something out that has interesting people or an interesting topic.
KerryG KerryG 10 years
I don't pay much attention to TV schedules. Sometimes reviews and an interesting premise are enough to get me to try a show from the start, but generally I rely more on recommendations from friends and relatives. In fact, I've started watching almost every single one of my favorite shows because someone whose taste I trust recommended it to me, sometimes well into the show's run. I didn't start watching The West Wing until the middle of the second season, Supernatural I got hooked on during summer reruns after the first season was over, and I watched the first 18 episodes of Friday Night Lights in about four days while my husband was out of town so I could catch up in time to watch the 19th on the day it first aired.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Reviews and advertising. If the ads are good but the reviews are bad, I'd still probably check it out.
eaker eaker 10 years
Heroes is pretty much the only new show I watch, and I only knew about that because they were showing ads in the theater.
TwanaH TwanaH 10 years
the cw's gossip girl ads makes me want to watch that show
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