Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – The DVR Priorities de Casa Blanca

This week, Amber West and I aren’t reviewing a particular television program; instead, we’re discussing our individual DVR priorities as they stand in each of our households.

Setting the DVR is a serious business at Casa Blanca.  A certain someone might just go into cardiac arrest if her favorite TV shows don’t record properly.  Okay… it’s a figurative heart attack, not a literal medical emergency – but try telling her it’s not a big deal. 

So, what qualifies as a DVR priority in Casa Blanca?  The episodic series that don’t feature special encore presentations or reruns later in the week are the number one priority in our house.  Ironically, these shows aren’t necessarily all GTV rated programs.

One might ask, if the television program doesn’t earn a top Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday rating, why should it be considered a DVR priority?  Because if we record an hour-long show on the DVR, we can fast forward through the commercials saving twenty minutes of our day! 

When someone (not naming any names) records anywhere from five to seven programs a night, saving those twenty minutes is crucial to making our TV viewing as efficient as possible

So, let’s begin…

Take Survivor for instance – this reality sensation, hosted by the ever-adorable Jeff Probst, does not air again if missed at its original time slot.  Does Survivor earn a GTV rating?  No, but it is definitely a guilty pleasure and sits firmly as a MacTV favorite.  The same can be said for Big Brother because we don’t have another chance if we miss a show.    

Sometimes we can rely on the basic five (ABC, CBS, the CW, FOX, and NBC) to air the occasional rerun, but it’s never guaranteed; therefore, Hawaii Five-0, Criminal Minds, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Bones, and Chuck sit high upon the DVR priority list (all receive a GTV rating, by the way). 

The cable channels (USA, TNT, and FX specifically) replay their original programming, so even if the DVR experiences a glitch while recording, we can schedule a future recording to ensure we stay on top of our series.  THANK YOU, cable networks; especially since so many of these channels produce top-notch GTV rated television: Psych, Burn Notice, The Closer, Justified and American Horror Story just to name a few.

Last week, one of our favorite and most loyal readers disagreed with the fact that The Walking Dead did not receive an undisputed GTV rating.  First of all, we can’t express enough how much it means to have a faithful following, and we specifically ask for our readers to respond and spark up healthy debates.  For that, we thank you, Andrew!  When Mr. Mocete speaks, we listen here at WatchWed – but that doesn’t mean we still don’t feel the need to back up our rating system. 

The Walking Dead did receive half a GTV rating with the newly awarded TBP rating – a twice baked potato is the best of both worlds: gourmet and junk food.  But regardless of the rating, AMC’s hit show receives top priority on our DVR for the mere fact it brings zombies (eh-hem, walkers) to the TV.  We can’t miss the walkers – the supernatural is a must in this house. 

We’re kind of going against our earlier rule about reruns with this next DVR priority, but at the same time, we’re sticking with the newly established supernatural rule.  While Death Valley only receives a JFTV rating, what other television program brings us thirty minutes of zombie, werewolf, and vampire comedy?   Trust us, it’s not the best television available today – but it is one of a kind and we look forward to the silliness and gore every Monday night before bed.    

The insurgence of YA mystery on TV also receives a DVR priority in this YA mystery writer’s house.   ABC Family provides mystery lovers with two fantastic on-going whodunits with Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game.  Again, neither receives a top GTV rating (although the mystery factor of each one deserves a top review), but both series definitely qualify as a guilty pleasure and earn a MacTV rating.  

Who in the world is A?  What additional secrets will Sutton and Emma uncover?  This thirtysomething loves the constant intrigue of these two young adult television shows – if an episode answers a question, it guarantees to develop two or three more before the hour expires. 

So, to recap:  When considering DVR priorities in Casa Blanca, we go with episodic TV without encore presentations or the possibility of reruns.  We ignore the rating scale for once, and go with what we may miss if we don’t schedule ahead of time.  And finally, while we didn’t set out for this to actually qualify as a rule, it appears that any programming with supernatural elements or a good YA mystery finds a home high atop our recording list.

What determines DVR priority in your house?  Which show is your #1 Priority on the DVR?  I’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s blog and check out which shows prompt her to scream at her DVR if for any reason they don’t record. 

Come back next week when Amber and I review something; we haven’t decided yet.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future. 

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

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12 Responses to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – The DVR Priorities de Casa Blanca

  1. Fabulous system! I agree, we watch a fair amount of TV so the DVR and time saving is crucial. We are huge Reality TV fans so Survivor, Big Brother, ANTM, Bachelor(ette) etc. We love soaps and watched General Hospital and Young and the Restless every day (yes, we are sick…).
    Given our sad selection of channels right now (snifff…) we haven’t been expanding our variety much but I’ve heard the American Horror Story and Walking Dead are ahhhmazing.
    We also watch Dexter but wait until the season is complete and we rent the DVDs for a Dexter weekend at the camp. Might have to start doing the same for some of these other fab shows!

  2. First is always “The Closer.” Second is “Rizzoli & Isles.” (You didn’t mention it in your lineup. Surely you’ve tried it.) Hmmm . . . wonder if I obsess over show featuring strong and/or clever women.

  3. Sheesh, I feel guilty for only having Castle, Bones, Big Bang, Once Upon a Time, and my trashy TV on there! Okay, to be fair, David has House, Fringe, CSI, and a bunch of other things I don’t watch and Michael has Clone Wars. Most of your shows I’ve never heard of!

    Ooooh, did you see the movie trailer for a new Snow White flick coming out next year? It has a very OUAT feel ~ it stars Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Snow White kicks butt. It looks so good.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Julie Glover says:

    I DVR nothing. I watch almost everything online after it airs. Here’s my list in order of priority this season: Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Psych, Hart of Dixie, Grimm. That’s the list of everything I’m following for the moment.

    What is this Death Valley of which you speak? I need to go back and look at that one. Not that I have time with the current shows I listed and watching Buffy right now. (I have a serious crush on that Angel boy. He shares some features with my honey husband – not the fangs.)

  5. Castle is number one. Flashpoint and Criminal Minds are tied for second. Everything else is fun to watch, but I wouldn’t cry if the recorder failed and I missed one.

  6. Monday nights is a big DVR night at our house. I teach those nights, so I have to DVR Terra Nova and House, then the hubby and I watch them either when I get home or on Tuesdays (which we did last night). Other than that, I usally DVR anything the hubs won’t watch with me (Real Housewives, Millionaire Matchmaker…usually anything on BRAVO).

  7. Catie Rhodes says:

    Hmm..we have a lot of shows like Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, and Auction Hunters on our DVR. I don’t care if I miss those or not. They’re really for filler when we don’t have something we *really* want to watch.

    The rest of the shows–Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy, Once Upon a Time, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter–are musts. However, as you say, most of them re-run. The only ones that don’t–VD, Supernatural–can be purchased on iTunes. And, believe me, we’re not above purchasing something we missed.

    Fun post!

  8. Bella says:

    Tiffany, I’m currently loving “Unforgettable”. I think the protagonist is so believable in her role. I’m also catching up with “Covert Affairs,” and while I think Piper Perabo isn’t very credible, you have to love the male eye candy on that show! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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