By Mandi Bierly
Updated September 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Art Streiber/NBC; Robert Voets/CBS; Bob Mahoney/The CW; Richard Foreman/Fox; Trae Patton/NBCIt should have hit me sooner, but I didn’t grasp the gravity of my situation Thursdays at 8 p.m. this fall until both Community creator Dan Harmon and Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady permanently changed their Twitter pictures to graphics plugging their mutual timeslot. Fortunately, Bones creator Hart Hanson and The Vampire Diaries exec producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec haven’t followed suit, or I would seriously hyperventilate every time I sign in. (Update: Hanson has now acquired a graphic.) Now that you have perused your Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview issue and set your DVR (sad if I get a second one for my one-bedroom apartment?), which timeslot is going to tear your TV-loving heart out on a weekly basis — and what is your plan?*

I recap The Vampire Diaries — the second season premiered last week — so its season pass is guaranteed. But then things get sticky come Sept. 23, a.k.a. the day Bones, Community, The Big Bang Theory, and 30 Rock all return. I’ve seen every episode of Bones and have no intention of stopping, but I’ve just confirmed with Hulu that it will once again be available on the site Friday morning, as will Community. That means I can tape The Big Bang Theory at 8 p.m.and 30 Rock at 8:30 p.m. (breathe!).

Your turn. Get your timeslot war frustrations out below. Maybe another reader will be able to offer a battle plan. And yes, they really do need to figure out a way to add Hulu views into ratings. I’m sure show creators cringe when they hear how that availability can factor into a fan’s decision. If you could only watch one show in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour, period, what would it be? Poll below!

* In my fantasy world, I live in Cougar Town, and Jules, Ellie, and I each program our DVRs to record certain shows so we have the night covered. Then we, along with Grayson, Andy, Bobby, and Laurie, hop from house-to-house with our wine glasses in hand.

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30 Rock

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan star in the Emmy-winning comedy. You want to go to there.

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