The Thursday Dilemma

Top: Joel McHale on NBC's 'Community,' Nick Offerman from 'Parks and Rec,' and Rainn Wilson as Dwight on 'The Office' Bottom: Ian Somerhalder on 'The Vampire Diaries,' Heidi Klum of 'Project Runway,' Michael Emerson of 'Person of Interest'

If you’re like me, a large percentage of your favorite shows air on Thursday nights. Now, as problems go, this is definitely more towards the embarrassment-of-riches end of things, where the only real “problem” is fitting so much awesomeness into one night. Since I’m not quite in the top tier of television technology, my poor exhausted DVR can only record two shows at once. So how does one make the Sophie’s Choice of what to watch live, what to record, and what to watch online, or not watch at all, if you could be so cold? (Side note: What did we do before TiVo and Hulu? Life was so much harder back then.) Personally, I have seven shows I’d like to watch between 8 and 10 pm on Thursdays (and that’s not counting 30 Rock and The League, which premiere later this year), so I’ve got some tough decisions to make. Allow me to dissect the beautiful landscape of Thursday night television…

8 pm: The Vampire Diaries – This is one of my favorite shows on TV, and anyone who’s seen it knows that every episode is so packed with insane supernatural awesomeness that it’s a must-watch every week. But remember, even if you watch it live, it’s important to record it so that you can rewind the scenes where Damon is wearing nothing but bubbles.

8 pm: Community – Best. Comedy. On. Television. (Okay, so I haven’t seen every single comedy on television, but this one is so fantastic and underrated I think some hyperbole is called for.) My love for this show knows no bounds, and having to choose between watching Community or Vampire Diaries live each week always rips my heart in two.

8:30: Parks and Recreation – This underdog comedy shot to the top of my priority TV list last season. The additions of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott have made it even better than its past-its-prime TV cousin, The Office. Don’t get me wrong, I still love The Office, but Community and Parks and Rec are definitely my top two shows from NBC’s Thursday night comedy block.

9 pm: The Secret Circle – I’m a little ashamed to say that the pilot totally sucked me into this new paranormal teen drama from The CW.  (Read my review of the first episode here.) And since The CW sometimes takes a few days to put new episodes online (and I have zero patience when it comes to waiting to watch my shows), I think I’ll have to watch this one live. Especially since it’s the perfect follow-up to The Vampire Diaries.

9 pm: Project Runway – I’m not really sure why I’m still watching this show. (I still haven’t forgiven them for letting Wretched Gretchen win last season.) But since it starts in the summer when I’m desperate and missing all my regular season shows, it usually gets me hooked. I can’t stop watching halfway through the season, and I know I’ll never go to the trouble to watch it online, so DVR it is! Then I can fast-forward through all the horrible commercials for Dance Moms on Lifetime.

9 pm: The Office – With the exit of Steve Carell and the addition of James Spader, The Office is entering a new era. I have faith that they’ll still fit plenty of laughs into each episode, but since NBC makes it available online more quickly and conveniently than The CW or Lifetime, I think I’ll have to give The Office the number three spot for Thursdays at 9.

9 pm: Person of Interest – CBS’ new crime drama starring the odd couple of Michael Emerson (Lost) and Jim Caviezel (The Count of Monte Cristo) looks like a typical procedural with a Minority Report twist–the crimes haven’t happened yet. I’ll be honest, I’m only watching this show because I think Michael Emerson is a brilliant actor. I might not stick around past the pilot, which I’ll probably watch on Hulu tomorrow, or on FiOS On Demand.

What does your Thursday night lineup look like? Will you be watching any (or all) of these shows? Or are you more excited for the premiere of The X Factor? Charlie’s Angels? Big Bang Theory? What’s your dilemma? Leave your comments here, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus!



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