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Tonight’s TV Spotlight…Thursday, September 17, 2009

September 17, 2009 by  

Are you ready? Are you sure? Have you rested up? Are the DVRs set? Per usual, Thursday nights in the Fall aren’t for the weak of heart. It takes a real TV fan to tackle tonight’s TV schedule. Are you up for the task?

I’m scared. I’ll admit it. But I’m excited! But mostly scared.

And get this…the ABC shows don’t even premiere until next week.

T0 make things even more stressful, I’m not going to be around to watch any TV tonight.  We are heading over to a live taping of AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW.  Yikes!

There’s a lot of shows to cover in today’s TV spotlight, and some news to be shared. Keep checking back to GMMR throughout the day for a deeper look at some of tonight’s BIG premiere. Let’s get to it.

Here’s a look at what the Thursday night schedule will look like this Fall (and this is just the big networks…well, the big networks and The CW.) Make sure you check the list of premiere dates below the grid to find out which shows premiere when.

Bones | 8pm on CBS | Season Premiere
“Harbingers in a Fountain”
Angela’s psychic, Avalon Harmonia (Cyndi Lauper), alerts Brennan and Booth to the presence of a mass grave beneath a fountain. [GMMR: Ok, BONES fans – tonight’s the night.  Join GMMR’s resident BONES luva, Seeleybaby, for a LIVE BONES Season Premiere chat starting tonight at 7:45pm. Watch the show & chat with other BONES fans right here on GMMR.]

Survivor: Samoa | 8pm on CBS | Season Premiere
“The Puppet Master”
The castaways arrive in Samoa and are divided into tribes; each tribe must immediately select a leader, without speaking.

SNL: Weekend Update Thursday | 8pm on NBC | Season Premiere
Former SNL star Amy Poehler returns to post at the Saturday Night Live Weekend Update desk alongside co-anchor, Seth Meyers. Each Thursday the two will skewer current events, news and politics.

The Vampire Diaries | 8pm on The CW
“The Night of the Comet”
Stefan tries to make Vicki forget who attacked her; Jeremy struggles with drug use and his feelings for Vicki; Damon reveals information about Stefan’s past.

Parks & Recreation | 8:30pm on NBC | Season Premiere
“Pawnee Zoo”
Hoping to promote the local zoo, Leslie arranges for two penguins to wed, but things don’t go as planned when they realize the penguins are both male.

(More shows after the jump)

The Office | 9pm on NBC | Season Premiere
Michael feels left out when the rest of the staff gossips about the summer interns, so he hunts for a juicy secret to share. [GMMR:THE OFFICE is back! THE OFFICE is back! And tonight’s episode is fantastic!  A sneak peek coming your way soon.]

Fringe | 9pm on FOX | Season Premiere
“A New Day in the Old Town”
The Fringe division comes under congressional scrutiny in the second-season premiere, which also follows Olivia’s incredible return to her familiar environs and the pursuit of a mysterious entity that will stop at nothing to find her.

Supernatural | 9pm on The CW | Season Premiere
“Good God, Y’all”
In hopes of defeating Lucifer, Castiel decides to search for God; Bobby’s friend, Rufus, begs for help when demons begin attacking his town. [GMMR: Making some progress in my attempt to catch up to the rest of you. Soon! Don’t be jealous but yesterday I got a super sneak peak at a scene from episode 4 of Season 5 – OMG…incredible!!]

Community | 9:30pm on NBC | Series Premiere
A lawyer (Joel McHale) whose degree has been revoked forms a study group in the premiere of this comedy series following oddball students attending a Colorado community college. Chevy Chase also stars. [GMMR:This is one of the MUST WATCH premieres of the Fall season. If you can’t find time to watch it live, make sure you set that DVR.]

The Real Housewives of Atlanta | 10pm on Bravo
“Scrambled Eggs”
Kim is urged to face her fears and return to the Atlanta music scene; Sheree shapes up and searches for love; Kim has a serious accident on the evening of a black-tie affair.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia | 10pm on FX | Season Premiere
“The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis”
Frank, Mac and Dennis try their hand at real estate; Dee arranges to be a surrogate mother to a wealthy couple; Charlie faces off with a lawyer.

Project Runway | 10pm on Lifetime
“Fashion Headliners”
An unconventional-materials contest tasks the designers to create clothes from newspapers. Actress Eva Longoria Parker and fashion luminary Tommy Hilfiger are the guest judges. [GMMR: Does this mean Michael Kors won’t be there again?!]

On the late night couch…

  • The Jay Leno Show: Halle Berry, Bruce Hornsby & Eric Clapton
  • The Late Show with David Letterman: Mike Myers, Ken Burns (R 8/19/09)
  • The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien:Megan Fox, Louis CK, the winner of “America’s Got Talent”
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Drew Carey, Mindy Kaling (R 9/11/09)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jenna Elfman, Danny Pudi, Lives of Famous Men, Rachael Ray
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, Megadeth
  • Chelsea Lately: Jennifer Aniston, Jen Kirkman, Josh Wolf, Jo Koy
  • Last Call with Carson Daly: Frank Caliendo, Emily Wells
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Former President Bill Clinton
  • The Colbert Report: Frank Bruni

Ok, I think I might faint.  Are you KIDDING me with this line-up? I need a glass of wine…NOW!

Which shows will YOU be checking out tonight? Leave a comment here or send me a message via Twitter.


10 Responses to “Tonight’s TV Spotlight…Thursday, September 17, 2009”

  1. Lara on September 17th, 2009 2:11 pm

    Why must every show I watch migrate to Thursday nights? With Fringe and The Mentalist on Thursdays, just about everything I watch is on the same night now. Gah!

  2. SB on September 17th, 2009 4:28 pm

    Man Kath, I have to confess that I am like, deeply and personally offended at you choosing Grey’s Anatomy over Supernatural. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt since you’re not caught up yet, but I’m shaking my head a little! 🙂

  3. SB on September 17th, 2009 4:28 pm

    Man Kath, I have to confess that I am like, deeply and personally offended at you choosing Grey’s Anatomy over Supernatural. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt since you’re not caught up yet, but I’m shaking my head a little! 🙂

  4. grumpyoldman on September 17th, 2009 4:34 pm

    Survivor baby! Then let the wife watch Grey’s Anatomy, and then to bed as PP tapes.

  5. Give Me My Remote on September 17th, 2009 4:58 pm

    SB – Here’s my thinking on that. I don’t have anyone to cover GREY’S ANATOMY so I kind of have to watch that one on Thursday night or else we can’t talk about it. I can DVR SUPERNATURAL because Nicole has that one covered. I can watch that lter Thursday night or early Friday morning and still be all set.

    See…I have a good excuse!

  6. Kimber on September 17th, 2009 5:00 pm

    Oh NO! My Thursday Conflict starts tonight! I have both Fringe and Supernatural at 8 pm (following The Vampire Diaries, which I enjoyed enough last week to check out again). What to do?! I have digital cable (but only a lowly VCR), so I might have to tape Supernatural, and watch Fringe on my second TV (digital = must watch what you’re taping). Then I can always watch Supernatural at 9pm. Or the opposite … tape Fringe and watch Supernatural. Hmm, must decide by 8 pm!!

  7. Kelly on September 17th, 2009 5:20 pm

    Wow… I hadn’t realized how insane Thursday nights would be until I saw this! I literally plan on watching everything from the major networks on Thursdays except CSI and Jay Leno. I only have one DVR, so there’s going to be quite some competition! The only things I know for sure that will get space on the DVR that night are Bones and Supernatural (and Private Practice/ the Mentalist because there’s nothing else against them at 10). Oh, and Project Runway! That’ll have to wait until the 11:30 pm repeat on Lifetime. At 8, I think The Vampire Diaries and FlashForward will have to duke it out for the 2nd DVR space, (although maybe FF will suck and I won’t watch it), with the rest relegated to online viewing the next day. 9 o’clock REALLY kills me, though. I love Fringe and the Office (and think I’ll like Community), and although Grey’s isn’t my favorite show by any means, it’s such a habit to watch it on Thursday nights I don’t know if I can give it up until Friday. Choices, choices! Although should I really be complaining about the overabundance of great TV?

  8. Dee on September 17th, 2009 6:03 pm

    Don’t forget about VH1 Divas Live tonight – September 17th – at 9pm. I’d rather watch that live just to see if their are any meltdowns or bad notes! Oi! I’m so overwhelmed with Thursdays!!

  9. bubblewrap on September 17th, 2009 6:54 pm

    I’m still not sure how I’m going to handle Thursday nights- and some things don’t even premiere until next week! I’m still trying to make a final decision on what to watch live and what to watch online later (no DVR for me 🙁 )

  10. mere on September 17th, 2009 8:16 pm

    The office and sunny! My night of comedy!