Wednesday night TV, for the most part, belongs to rock-solid older shows that are still rolling in viewers. It helps that thereâ€™s some fresh new comedy, too, but chances are viewers already have plenty of shows lined up, ranging from SNL-inspired comedy to doctor dramas to forensic and sci-fi mysteries. Thereâ€™s always something for everyone on Thursday nights.
All times listed are in the Eastern time zone. Hereâ€™s the lineup for all the pilot shows premiering on Thursday, September 23, 2010:
â€œMy Generationâ€ - ABC - 8pm
Writer and creator Noah Hawley takes a guess at what happen when a group of teenagers reunite ten years after being featured in a documentary in 2000. Naturally, not everyone is where they expected to be.
â€œS#*! My Dad Saysâ€ - CBS - 8pm
Based on the tweets by and real life experiences of Justin Halpern, â€œS#*! My Dad Saysâ€ (or 'Bleep My Dad Says') is about a dad who lets his struggling writter turned unpaid blogger come live with him. The show features William Shatner as Ed Goodson.
â€œOutsourcedâ€ - NBC - 9:30pm
Itâ€™s about time TV comedy made light of an American catalog-based company being outsourced to India. Ben Rappaport stars as Todd Dempsey who experiences culture shock when he moves to India and is forced to train his employees about all-things American.
As for the oldies but goodies, most of these shows have carved their niche and arenâ€™t moving any time soon. One show has moved to Thursday night - â€œBig Bang Theoryâ€ - following its boisterous success last year. But in a lineup already full of good shows, will BBT still bring in the viewers?
Whether theyâ€™re in Seattle Grace or Oceanside Wellness, the doctors on â€œGreyâ€™s Anatomyâ€ and â€œPrivate Practiceâ€ have their hands full of grief in these two season premieres. "Grey's Anatomy" airs at 9pm, when the doctors in Seattle cope with the aftermath of last seasonâ€™s shooting in different ways. One couple even take a walk down the aisle: Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) get married. As for â€œPrivate Practice,â€ at 10pm, they, too, have a wedding to plan. Yet, that doesnâ€™t stop the grief from overflowing at the loss of Dell.
Thursday night starts off with â€œThe Big Bang Theoryâ€ at 8pm, where Sheldon (Jim Parsons) gets some help from Penny (Kaley Cuoco) before his first-ever date with guest star Mayim Bialik. Following â€œS#*! My Dad Says,â€ the network turns to the forensic drama â€œCSIâ€ at 9pm, where Langston (Laurence Fishburne) continues to fight for his life after being stabbed. The drama continues at 10pm with â€œThe Mentalistâ€ and Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) who is rethinking working for the CBI even as he helps with two high-profile kidnapping cases.
Comedy reigns supreme on NBC Thursdays. â€œCommunityâ€ kicks things off at 8pm with the group, led by Joel McHale, starting a new anthropology class taught by June Bauer, guest star Betty White. At 8:30pm, Liz (Tina Fey) continues to hang onto Carol (Matt Damon) but only with the help of Jack (Alec Baldwin. Then, in the 9:00pm slot comes â€œThe Office,â€ and Evan Peters guest stars as a new assistant that no one likes, but Michael (Steve Carell) refuses to fire him.
Let the mysteries and tense potential love relationships begin. On â€œBonesâ€ at 8pm, the team comes back together after seven months apart to help save Camâ€™s (Tamara Taylor) job; expect some more tension - and jealously - between Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel), too. In the premiere of â€œFringeâ€ starting at 9pm, Olivia (Anna Torv) is still trying to escape from â€œthe other side,â€ while Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Walter (John Noble) have no clue that the Olivia theyâ€™re spending time with isnâ€™t the Olivia they know.
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