Fall TV 2009: Sunday – What Will You Be Watching?

by Jason the TVaholic on August 30, 2009

in Cable TV, Network TV, TV Talk

The Fall 2009 TV Season is quickly coming, with shows starting as early as September 8th on the network side and August 31st on the cable side. So, I thought it was time to start planning my Fall TV Schedule and also, to find out what everyone is looking forward to watching. I will be posting one of these for each day over the next week starting today.

For me on Sundays, there are nine shows and seven and a half hours of programming that I will be watching and one show that is yet to be determined. Take a look at the chart below and then let me know in the comments what shows you’re looking forward to on Sundays this Fall?

Fall TV 2009: Sunday – What I’ll Be Watching

Network First Hour Second Hour Third Hour
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Desperate Housewives Brothers & Sisters
CBS The Amazing Race Three Rivers Cold Case
The CW Local Programming
FOX The Simpsons The Cleveland Show Family Guy American Dad  
NBC Sunday Night Football – Starts at 5:15 p.m. here on the West Coast
Cable First Hour Second Hour Third Hour
AMC     Mad Men
Food Network   The Next Iron Chef  
HBO   Curb Your Enthusiasm Bored to Death  
Showtime   Dexter Californication  
Key: Watch Live DVR DVR2 On Demand DVR Replay TBD

Key Explanation: The grid above is marked for shows I will watch live (Watch Live), record on my dual-tuner DVR (DVR), record on my computer with my dual-tuner Beyond TV setup (DVR2), watch via cable on demand (On Demand), record a replay on my DVR, (DVR Replay), and shows that I don’t know enough about and are yet to be determined whether I will want to watch them (TBD).

Want to see when that new show or your favorite show is going to premiere? Then signup to get updates from TVaholic via email or RSS and get access to the Printable Fall 2009 TV Schedules. See what shows will be playing when and what they’ll be going up against, all in a one-page daily grid layout.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Eve Levine August 30, 2009 at 7:26 am

Hi,

Just looked at your grid & thought that I would comment on your “TBD” choice…
Three Rivers is the one show that I am “most” looking forward to. Starring Alec McLouglin of Moonlight fame & being a medical drama is enough said for me…& for me it is a “don’t miss”!

2 Crystal Matteson August 30, 2009 at 7:55 am

Um, Entourage? It is my only must see on Sunday nights.

3 RoseAnn August 30, 2009 at 10:54 am

Definitely will be DVR-ing:
Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters & the new show Three Rivers (I Luv Alex O’Loughlin).

4 Jason the TVaholic August 30, 2009 at 11:31 am

Eve, I will be checking out Three Rivers, but haven’t seen enough about it to make a decision yet. Plus, anytime a show makes a lot of changes between being picked up and making it to air in the Fall, gives me pause.

Crystal, I watch Entourage every Sunday, but it only has three more episodes after tonight, so I didn’t include it on the Fall grid.

5 Kyle August 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Will be watching “Live” (aka time-shifting to avoid commercials): Amazing Race, Dexter, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Desperate Housewives
Will be watching Monday: Brothers & Sisters, The Cleveland Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mad Men (although may swap with DH)
Will wait for DVD: American Dad
Will DVR Three Rivers and Bored to Death to give them a shot

Your setup sounds as elaborate as mine–since I have HD TiVo, no On-Demand, so I split shows among HD PC tuners and HD-TiVos. On sundays I usually need to make sure I have specific dvrs allocated to the Fox and CBS line-ups due to football overruns forcing me to do a quick padding to my recordings (although fox shows I usually just set as one long manual block).

6 Kyle August 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Hmm–just noticed your avatar is Simpsonized, but The Simpsons is missing from your list! ;)

7 Patty August 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

The only thing ion the “have to watch” column for me is Amazing Race. Three Rivers will be there to start. I am not committing yet since I have heard nothing other that “OMG Alex O’Laughlin” which is not enough to sell me so far. The commercial make me want to gag.

8 Patty August 30, 2009 at 9:05 pm

PS I started a chart. For the first time ever.

9 Jason the TVaholic August 31, 2009 at 12:20 am

Kyle, I have a dual-tuner HD-DVR from Comcast and then two standard-def tuners in my computer, which I will upgrade when I put my new system together. I have the cable split so that I can record four things while watching a fifth.

Also, some of my HD channels are the East Coast feed, so I can actually watch or record shows three hours before they would normally play, which helps out as well. Like, on Friday nights this Fall, I can watch Stargate Universe, Sanctuary, Smallville, and Dollhouse all in a row.

As for The Simpsons, it is sort of a sometimes I’ll watch and sometimes I won’t and I didn’t really have a category for that.

Patty, I agree with your assessment of Three Rivers. Charts are very useful, especially at this time of year. Have you tried using the “Printable Schedules” and a highlighter to mark the shows you are going to watch or thinking about watching?

10 Patty August 31, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Color me stupid I didn’t even notice the downloads. So no, not yet. Tomorrow? Yes. I love highlighters.

11 Kaliel2000 August 31, 2009 at 10:02 pm

WOW, I don’t think i’ll be watching anything you will be on your whole list except when I get caught up on it “Mad Men” and NBC Sunday Night football when the game is good. Sunday night is not a big tv night for me I guess.

12 Jason the TVaholic September 1, 2009 at 7:22 am

Patty, Well, now you know. I hope you find them useful, now that you’ve found them.

Kaliel, Well, the only Sunday shows that I can really say you are missing out on are Dexter and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Everything else is mostly becuase I’ve been watching it all along and will probably continue to do so, like with Brothers & Sisters.

13 Kaliel2000 September 1, 2009 at 8:25 am

Yeah, I watch Dexter, love that show. I musta missed it up there somewhere.

14 Susan September 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Three Rivers intrigues me, the whole transplant thing and the stars look great also.

15 Jason the TVaholic September 5, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Susan, The thing that intrigues me about Three Rivers has nothing to do with the cast, but how it sounds like the stories will be told. It looked like the show will tell the story of the transplant from three perspectives. That of the doctors and nurses who do them, the people that need them, and the person who has died and their family. If that’s the case and it is well done, it could be good, cause that would be a new spin on a medical drama that we really haven’t seen before.

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