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Fall TV Mondays: What to watch? What to DVR?

There are a lot of things that stress me out in life: what to eat for lunch, what to wear to work, what to do after work…you know, decisions in general. But few things fill me with more anxiety than figuring out what to watch on TV during the fall season. From new and returning scripted dramas and comedies to so-bad-it’s-good reality shows, each night poses a fresh dilemma between what to tune into live versus what to save for the DVR (or for that matter, skip all together).

I’m sure I’m not the only one going through this. So, this season PopWatch readers, I say we  save ourselves the agony of indecision by declaring our allegiances early on. Everyday this week, I’m going to list the shows I plan to watch live, and record on my DVR, for this season’s coveted 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. slot. Then it’s your turn to share your picks. Let’s get started with Mondays below! 

8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
LIVE: The Lying Game (ABC Family):While I’ve always been partial to the Upper East Side dramatics of Gossip Girl’s finest, this season I’m jumping ship for freshman series The Lying Game. Both shows have similarities (backstabbing? Check.) but TLG gets the upper-hand as a result of a slew of fresh faces and storylines. (Premiered Aug. 15)
DVR: 2 Broke Girls (CBS): There’s no shortage of stories about how to make it in New York City, but thanks to the irresistible duo of Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs this one gets a solid shot from me. (Premieres Sept. 19)

9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
LIVE: Hart of Dixie (CW): No better way to follow-up the twists and turns of The Lying Game than with some comforting Southern hospitality. Also, who doesn’t love a little Rachel Bilson in their lives? (Premieres Sept. 26)
DVR: Two and a Half Men (CBS): Now that Ashton Kutcher’s moving in, I plan to be a good neighbor and keep tabs on how this series is faring. (Premieres Sept. 19)

10 p.m. - 11 p.m.
LIVE: Castle (ABC): While I’m usually already in bed during this time slot, if I happen to have a restless night I’ll spend it with Beckett and Castle. (Premieres Sept. 19)
DVR: Nothing: I’m tempted to record The Playboy Club, but for the sake of my sanity I’m going to limit myself to five shows or less on Mondays.

Okay, PopWatchers, you’ve heard my picks and now it’s your turn. Share your commitments in the comments!

Originally posted September 19 2011 — 1:00 PM EDT

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