TV Junkie: 'FlashForward' Premieres; B.J. Novak Video; ABC Comedy Does Well
John Cho and Joseph Fiennes star in "FlashForward" which premieres at 8pm in ABC
FlashForward (8pm on ABC): ABC knows "Lost" will be going away so it's trying to line up a similarly addictive (and weird) replacement and they've settled on "FlashForward" for the moment - hell, it even has Dominic Monaghan from "Lost". For 2 minutes and 17 seconds, everyone in the world passes out/goes into a trance and experiences their life 6 months in the future. Why did this happen? Is that really the future? Etc.
It's Thursday which means comedy domination by NBC. If you are a fan of "The Office" be sure to check out our Emmys red carpet interview with series writer, producer, and performer, B.J. Novak who appears at 2:17 in the video (whoa!!! Just like in "FlashForward", that's frickin' creepy!!).
Last night's ABC comedy premieres did very well in terms of viewership. We liked "Modern Family" but aren't sure it has multi-season legs (but industry colleagues have told us to sit tight, the series gets better with upcoming episodes) and even though we had a shout out of support here for Courtney Cox's "Cougar Town", we thought it was pretty awful and saw a lot of similar sentiments on Twitter.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday", "Parks and Recreation", "The Office", "Community", "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia", "The Daily Show", Conan, Fallon
8:00pm Flash Forward ABC - Series Premiere
8:00pm Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday NBC - News the SNL way.
8:00pm Survivor: Samoa CBS - A twist gives a contestant a chance to make friends with the opposing tribe.
8:30pm Parks and Recreation NBC - Tom and Leslie discover marijuana planted in the community garden
9:00pm Grey's Anatomy ABC - Season Premiere
9:00pm The Office NBC - Pam works on the guest list for the wedding; Toby and Dwight go under cover to investigate a workers' comp claim.
9:00pm CSI CBS - Season Premiere
9:30pm Community NBC - Jeff's attempt to become Britta's partner for a class project backfires
9:55pm The Jay Leno Show NBC - Radio personality Rush Limbaugh; Smokey Robinson performs with Joss Stone.
10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - The gang tries to expand its horizons by going on a road trip to the Grand Canyon.
10:00pm The Mentalist CBS - Season Premiere
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Rod Blagojevich
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Ken Burns
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - TV personality Craig Ferguson; Snow Patrol performs; New Zealand Prime Minister John Key presents the Top Ten List.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Joel McHale; animal handler Dave Salmoni; India Arie performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - San Gennaro Feast celebration; actor Rob Lowe; comic Lisa Lampanelli; pizza throwers; former MLB manager Tommy Lasorda.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Jason Schwartzman; actress Angela Kinsey.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Megan Fox; actor Anthony Anderson; Phoenix performs.