JUST A NORMAL MUSIC FAN
... No matter what The Blog says.
A friend of mine was explaining to me his convoluted TV/vcr gyrations for watching 24, and thought I'd be put off by the weirdness of it.... so I explained what I do to make sure I catch all the bands I like on late-night tv. (Everybody does this, right?)
you have to be on channel 6 at the end of the 11:00 news. leno's lineup runs
first. then you switch immediately to letterman so you can see what musical
group he's having on. depending on tiredness level, you can then either
watch one of them or set a tape BUT if you set a tape, first you have to go
to rockontv.com to see who's on craig ferguson and conan and see if there's
someone better you have to wait to set a tape for. (you might also check for
jimmy kimmel and carson daly if you're bothering to go to rockontv.) if you
don't go to bed, you watch the end of leno (again, channel 6 goes first) to
see who's coming on on conan, then quickly switch to craig ferguson to find
out who's on there...and watch craig's monologue. then you can set a tape
and go to bed, if there's someone good on one of them.
if there's someone good on both leno AND letterman, you watch letterman
because they always start first and you can get almost through the song
before you have to go watch leno; usually i'll have a tape ready (or
running) and a tv on in the other room so i can hear when the commercial
ends. leno starts later but goes directly to the conan lineup, whereas
letterman is usually in commercials for the last five minutes of the show.
if there's someone good on both craig ferguson AND conan, you have to stay
up, that's all there is to it.