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New on Thursdays this Fall

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 6, 2010

Thursdays are typically one of my favorite days of television. Mondays and Thursdays, I’d say. It was better, though, with Survivor. Now that that’s moved to Wednesday, and The Office is so unfunny, Thursday is starting to fall apart for me. But, that’s where some schedule changes could pay off. Perhaps the move of Survivor will get me to finally watch The Big Bang Theory (which by moving from Mondays, tries to anchor a new comedy block for CBS to compete with NBC). Or maybe I’ll try Community, which some reviewers say got much, much better as the season progressed. The only must-watch shows, though, are 30 Rock (new time), Fringe, and Parks & Recreation when it comes back. When will that be? NBC will tell you in 2011. I’ll tell you, as soon as Outsourced gets canceled.

Last year, Thursday only featured three new shows. They all received lackluster reviews and never really took off. The Vampire Diaries did well enough for a CW show, and as I said, Community got better. FlashForward was endlessly frustrating, but thankfully ended.

My Generation

Basics: Dramedy of some mocumentary sort
Twist: Group of 28-year-olds look back on their high school life goals
Stars You Know: Jaime King (Gary Unmarried), Mehcad Brooks (True Blood)
Creative Team: Creator Noah Hawley (The Unusuals…rejoice, CJ)
Timeslot: 7:00pm (Thurs)
Network: ABC
Going Against: Community, $#*! My Dad Says, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Bones, The Vampire Diaries
Premiere: September 23

$#*! My Dad Says

Basics: Family Sitcom
Twist: Shatner being the Shat
Stars You Know: William Shatner (TJ Hooker), Nicole Sullivan (MadTV), Will Sasso (MadTV)
Creative Team: Director James Burrows (this is his third pilot direction of the premieres…busy man), Tweater Justin Halpern (Twitter), Creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan (Will & Grace)
Timeslot: 7:30pm (Thurs)
Network: CBS
Going Against: 30 Rock, My Generation, Bones, The Vampire Diaries
Premiere: September 23

Nikita

Basics: Action Drama
Twist: Female Assassin
Stars You Know: Maggie Q (movies), Xander Berkeley (24), Shane West (ER), Melinda Clarke (The OC)
Creative Team: Creator Craig Silverstein (Bones), Producers McG (Supernatural) and Danny Cannon (Chuck, CSI)
Timeslot: 8:00pm (Thurs)
Network: CW
Going Against: Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, The Office, Outsourced, Fringe
Premiere: September 9

Outsourced

Basics: Workplace Sitcom
Twist: Set in India
Stars You Know: Mostly new people
Creative Team: Creator Robert Borden (The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez)
Timeslot: 8:30pm (Thurs)
Network: NBC
Going Against: Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Nikita, Fringe
Premiere: September 23
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4 Responses to “New on Thursdays this Fall”

  1. CJ Cregg said

    I loved Melinda Clarke on the OC. I’m not thinking I’m going to love Nikita, as the CW is not known for its high-quality programming (other than America’s Next Top Model, of course), but it’ll be interesting to see her again.

    • Mr. Feeny said

      What do you think of MY GENERATION?

      • CJ Cregg said

        I have to admit to being kind of intrigued. But I think shows like this can end up really obvious and preachy with the life lessons and stories that they’re trying to tell. So I think Hawley will have to be careful. But hey, it’s different from anything else this fall, so I’m willing to give it a shot. You have to appreciate the uniqueness.

      • Mr. Feeny said

        Completely agree.

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