A Couch Potato’s Worst Nightmare

10 Sep

Entertainment Weekly’s annual Fall TV Preview issue is out, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to set up my DVR so I don’t miss out on any of the new TV hitting airwaves over the course of the next month or so.

Every year I get the issue and I become interested in watching many of the new and returning shows. (Not that I needed the issue to tell me I was interested, but having them all in front of me like that solidifies my interest.) It’s like Christmas for a TV fan like me.

But it’s also a challenge because there’s not enough room on my DVR and not enough hours in the day to watch all these shows — especially if I actually want to have a life outside my apartment, which I do.

So my solution is simple: I have a three-strikes rule. I’ll do my best to watch what I want to, and if I get three episodes behind on any one show, I stop trying to watch it. That seems to work just fine. And it doesn’t take very long to pick out the good shows and the bad ones, the ones I should make time for and the ones I should give up on.

This year, I may need to apply that rule more readily, what with seven shows I have slated to watch on Tuesday nights alone.

So … what shows are on my must-watch list this year? To continue my annual tradition, here’s a list of what I’m looking forward to this fall:

Monday

How I Met Your Mother, Partners, Revolution

Tuesday

Ben and Kate, New Girl, Go On, Happy Endings, The Mindy Project, The New Normal, Vegas

Wednesday

The X Factor, Animal Practice, Arrow, Modern Family, Nashville

Thursday

30 Rock, Last Resort, The Office, Elementary

Friday

Community, Shark Tank

Saturday

Saturday Night Live

Sunday

The Amazing Race, Revenge, 666 Park Avenue

That’s a lot of TV watching to do — especially on Tuesdays. The thing is, I know I’m never going to watch all of that. And actually, no one should spend as many hours watching TV as I say I’m intending to.

So check back with me a couple months from now to see which shows earned themselves a full-season pass, and which have gone by the wayside.

Which new and returning shows are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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