William Petersen in CSI
What a night of extremes is this first official (as in mostly complete) Thursday night of the new season. An absolutely terrific CSI opener, with William Petersen hitting a wrenching career high as he and his team deal with the aftermath of last season's dastardly shooting of Warrick (also memorably played in his swan song by Gary Dourdan, who has a heartbreaking scene midway through the episode that cements his relationship with mentor Grissom for all time).
More of the night's best and a look at some of its terrible comedy after the jump.
Harvey Keitel and Jason O'Mara, Life on Mars
Life on Mars 10:01 pm/ET ABC New
If you're looking for a police procedural with a twist, it's hard to beat this new series based on the well-regarded British drama of the same name.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9pm/ET CBS New
ER 10 pm/ET NBC New
Kath & Kim 8:30 pm/ET NBC New
MLB Playoff 8 pm/ET Fox New
Get the full details on tonight's shows after the jump.
And the wannabe hits just keep on coming. The fall rollout continues in full force this week, especially on Thursday night, where three new network series based on shows from England and Australia finally arrive after months of retooling—in the case of Life on Mars, involving a complete reshoot. But network TV isn’t all that’s keeping us busy. USA Network has molded its beach-book miniseries The Starter Wife into a weekly page-turner, while PBS’ Masterpiece continues on its yearlong roll with a terrific political thriller.
Life on Mars
Airs Thursdays, 10/9c, ABC (also online via video.tvguide.com)
Previously on: BBC America. How’s the remake? Surprisingly good, considering the buzz after the show switched producers. This captures the original series’ vibe nicely, as modern-day detective Sam Tyler (the appealing Jason O’Mara) is hit by a car and wakes up in ultragritty “Serpico
Zachary Levi by John Shearer/WireImage.com
Coming to your local NBC station and online outlets soon: Adorable Chuck star Zachary Levi hosting a sneak peek at the network's new and returning series for fall.The 30-minute special, The NBC Primetime Preview, will include an exclusive backstage look at a full spectrum of NBC Universal shows (including titles from USA, Sci Fi, Bravo, UniHD, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen and Sleuth). It will also draw viewers in by the boatloads (they hope) with appearances by Christian Slater of My Own Worst Enemy; Molly Shannon and Selma Blair from Kath & Kim; and stars from Heroes and The Office. The special is set to blow your minds beginning Aug. 30 and running through Sept. 28. Are you excited for some sneek peakage, or do you think this is just a transparent ploy for early buzz? Erin FoxRelated Christian Slater Talks about His New Jekyl and Hyde Show What Would Dwight Schrute Watch? The Office's Phyllis and Stanley Dish about Next Season
Knight Rider's KITT by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Photo
After sitting through NBCs frustrating and un-illuminating final day of official press tour Mondaythere are a few set visits scheduled on Tuesday before whoevers left heads for home (or in some cases Comic-Con over the weekend)Im tempted to say that TCA saved the worst for last. More like saving the least for last.Its unprecedented in my memory of press tour for so many networks to screen so little of their new fall programming, but NBC really took the booby prize in giving us an entire day of hype with nothing but their word to back up the fact that theyre incredibly happy with the way the new sitcom Kath & Kim is coming alongdespite the fact the show (based on an edgy Australian format) dumped its original director and is reshooting much of the pilot, which we only saw a few ghastly-looking moments of right before one of many awkward panels. We also heard the new season of Heroes is going to be awesome, bu...
Question: I'm sure you've heard that Kath & Kim will be moving to Thursday night in October. I know little about the show, but I do know that NBC was wasting it on Tuesday night after the horrible Biggest Loser. When Jeff Zucker was running the network, he failed miserably in launching a single successful show. Instead, Zucker repeatedly banked on aging shows to keep the network afloat. Joey Tribbiani was given his own show, for goodness sake. After NBC announced that The Office was being spun off, I felt NBC was heading down the same path. Wisely, NBC has opted to try something new and see what happens. It probably will not be a massive hit. Then again, the days when network primetime TV ruled the airwaves are long gone, so getting 6 million viewers qualifies as a good number. Obviously, all of this is speculative since I have not seen a single scene of the show. However, I think this was the one correct move NBC made on its fall schedule. I am a huge Molly Shannon fan and was ...
Milo Ventimiglia by Adam Taylor/NBC
NBC has revealed premiere dates for its fall lineup, including a three-hour (!) opener for Heroes on Sept. 22, which leads into the two-hour first eppy with a one-hour clip show. Here are the highlights of the Peacock's plan, by night:Monday, Sept. 22:Heroes, 8 pm (clip show), 9 pm (two-hour premiere)Tuesday, Sept. 23:Law & Order: SVU, 10 pmWednesday, Sept. 24:Knight Rider, 8 pmLipstick Jungle, 10 pmThursday, Sept. 25:My Name Is Earl, 8 pm (hour premiere)The Office, 9 pm (hour premiere)ER, 10 pmMonday, Sept. 29:Chuck, 8 pmMy Own Worst Enemy, 10 pmThursday, October 9:Kath & Kim, 9:30 pmFriday, October 17:Crusoe, 8 pmThursday, October 30:30 Rock, 8:30 pmOur Fall TV grid detailing what's on and when can be found here.