Enter the fall premier season. Each August, I write a reminder in my Filo to research the upcoming shows for fall—when they start, the synopsis of new shows, update my DVR spreadsheet (yes, I have a spreadsheet and I’ll explain why in a bit). Once I’ve looked at the three major networks to see what shows start when, I write up a list in my Filo.
In my Google Docs, I have a color coded DVR spreadsheet. With my DVR, I can record only 2 shows at one time, so when researching new shows, I have to be able to see what I can record based on the time slots that are available. Let’s say I have one time slot open but three shows to watch—I will choose which two to record based on whether it’s something I’ve been watching for a while versus a new show versus how promising it looks.
The green boxes are shows that are currently recording. The red boxes are shows that are on deck to be recorded. They will go green and move to the actual date and time slots once they have been set to record. For most of them, I know the date and time (as written on the spreadsheet). There are some shows I could not yet find a date for, so I have put question marks next to those. I will check again the week before I think they start to be sure.
Down below that, I have a list of shows to research. These are shows that I have recorded in the past and want to again record when the next season arrives. For these, I have dates of when to check on them again.
You can see I have quite a list of things to record this season. Many of them are shows I have been watching for a long time (or recently) and love—things like “How I Met Your Mother,” “Mike and Molly,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “The Good Wife.” The list also includes new shows that have struck my fancy in some way—shows like “Pan Am,” “Man Up,” and “Once Upon a Time.” Of the new shows, some will be cancelled and some I just won’t like enough to keep up with, but for now, they are on my list to simply check out.
The spreadsheet is probably a bit much—insert nerd alert here—but it helps to keep me and my husband (because you can share Google Docs) organized as far as what shows we’re recording and what time slots we have available. It may sound like a lot of TV watching, but I assure you that it will take us until this time next year to get through all of these episodes—just in time for the 2012-2013 TV season.