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

by Jason the TVaholic on September 2, 2009

in Cable TV, Network TV, TV Talk

Here’s what I’ll be watching on Wednesdays. You can also see what my Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays will look like come Fall 2009.

Wednesdays look like they may be a bit of a respite before the craziness that will entail Thursdays, but that’s for tomorrow’s post. There are four shows that I haven’t seen yet or heard enough about to take them out of the TBD category, as of yet.

I’ve seen the “Pilot Presentation” for The CW’s The Beautiful Life, which amounted to a about a 25 minute episode, but want to see at least a full episode before making a final determination, and the “Pilot” for ABC’s The Middle, but I wasn’t all that impressed. Yet, will probably give it a couple more episodes to see where it goes. And, I’m about to watch the screener for NBC’s Mercy right after I post this, so depending on how that goes, I could be NBC free once again on Wednesdays as well.

For me on Wednesdays, there are eight shows and six hours of programming that I will be attempting to watch, but there are four shows that remain undetermined. Take a look at the chart below and then let me know in the comments what shows you’re looking forward to on Wednesdays for Fall 2009?

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

Network First Hour Second Hour Third Hour
ABC Hank The Middle Modern Family Cougar Town Eastwick
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine Gary Unmarried Criminal Minds CSI: NY
The CW America’s Next Top Model The Beautiful Life  
FOX So You Think You Can Dance Glee  
NBC Mercy Law & Order: SVU The Jay Leno Show
Cable First Hour Second Hour Third Hour
FX     nip/tuck
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).

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1 Kyle September 2, 2009 at 10:51 am

Looks like I pretty much agree with you here–right down to the TBD on new shows. However, the only CSI I watch is the original. I tried Miami for a few seasons, but got so sick of “Aw Sugar…why’d you have to die so young?”–and once they got rid of Speedle (or whatver his name was) instead of that Coroner I immediately stopped. As for CSI NY, I think I only watched the first episode–or maybe it was just the original backdoor pilot.
Loooking forward to Glee the most. It will definitely be a “live” watch show for me–besides, 1.5x watching doesn’t really work so well on music-filled shows :)

2 Jason the TVaholic September 2, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Kyle, What software/hardware do you use to record shows on your PC? And, what software are you using to cut the commercials out?

Also, as for the TBD shows for today, after watching NBC’s Mercy, it looks like that won’t be added to the list. Although, I’ll give it another episode to make sure, but the “Pilot” was pretty terrible.

3 Kyle September 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

For the recording, I have two older HD tuner cards in my HTPC (a MyHD card which only supports OTA, and FusionHDTV which supports QAM). Last year I also picked up a dual-QAM-tuner Fusion HDTV card (http://www.fusionhdtv.co.kr/ENG/products/HDTV7DualExpress.aspx) and stuck that in my regular PC.

To schedule the recordings I use Record_This (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=591195)–it’s nice because I can just list all my shows in a text file and it will figure out how to schedule them across all the cards (even on multiple PCs). If you have all the tuners in one PC, there is a nice free graphical program called CW EPG (http://home.mchsi.com/~cw_epg/). The QAM tuners are nice because you don’t have to worry about antennas and reception. However, if the cable company changes the channels around, you need to tell these recording programs what channels map to what numbers.

To find the commercials, I use a a free program called comskip (http://www.kaashoek.com/comskip/)–it will search through the recording, and can output to various cut file formats. I have a batch file that will look in my recordings folders and process all the .tp files–first marking the commericals with comskip and then removing them by creating a new file usng VideoRedo.

For TiVo recordings, it will first run a commandline tool to create a mpg file out of the .tivo file and then follow the same process.

For playback, I can either watch directly on the HTPC using one of the apps that came with the tuner cards or PowerDVD. However, I usually just stream it to the PS3 via TVersity (http://tversity.com/)

4 Kaliel2000 September 3, 2009 at 8:22 am

I’m glad someone else besides me is gonna be checking out Eastwick. Have you seen the screener yet Jason? I guess also Cougar Town looks interesting. I really hardly ever watch but new Adventures of Old Christine looks like when I do its fun, since apparently nothing else is there for me that night I might check out “Beautiful Life”.

5 Jason the TVaholic September 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Kyle, That’s one heckuva setup.

Kaliel, As I mentioned to you on Twitter, I haven’t seen it yet. But, I will next week, as I get caught up on ABC shows for the podcast.

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