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Double Booking Tonight—'Grey’s Anatomy' and 'The Office'

September 27, 2007 8:51 AM

I have to wonder am I the only one who feels a little bit of trepidation today?

After all, tonight we have a bit of a Sophie’s choice on TV. “The Office” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are both premiering at the same time this evening—9 p.m. Pacific time. Sure, it’s just for tonight. Next week “The Office” will go back to its regular 8:30 p.m. slot. But for the next 12 hours I’ll have to wonder—can my so-called “dual-tuner” DVR actually handle this kind of workout? Is it up to the challenge? Will I be taxing that Comcast set-top box beyond its limits?

You see, I plan to watch “Grey’s Anatomy” first, but on what I call the 15-minute delay, so I can skip the commercials. So as I’m sitting there putting the fast forward button through its paces, will the box be able to handle also recording another show? I know it’s supposed to, but can it handle the pressure?

And if it doesn’t, I certainly can’t go to iTunes tomorrow and watch “The Office.” No, I’d have to go to Amazon. But I banished Amazon Unbox from my computer last year for persistent bad behavior. So then what? Do I dare try NBC.com?

Such dilemmas…

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Comments (4)

Bryan:

I'm solving the problem by not watching Gray's this year. You're shocked, I know, but I'm a guy, and it's time to start being one. If your DVR has a problem this week, it won't be over next week: The first 4 Office episodes are hour-long ones, so even if they start at 8:30, they'll run halfway into Gray's.

Let me know, though, if you find The Office on NBC.com. They didn't show it there last year (much to my dismay) but now that they're ending the iTunes partnership in a few months, I wonder if they'll change that.

Jeremy:

Last night's The Office episode, while a little long due to the extra half hour, picked up right where it left off last season and remains the most clever and witty show on broadcast TV. There was no hesitation on my part to stick with The Office over Gray's. NBC sure did pour on the plugs for its website and Office merchandise! That did become a little annoying.

ama:

the office is sticking to the 9pm time slot this season

Bryan:

Yeah, my bad on The Office's timeslot. 30 Rock is going in at 8:30. You, and everybody else. should watch 30 Rock!!!

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