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TV Junkie: 'Modern Family' & 'Cougar Town' Premiere on ABC

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"Modern Family" premieres at 9pm on ABC

"Modern Family" premieres at 9pm on ABC
Featured Series Premieres for Tonight:Modern Family (9pm on ABC): Of all the shows premiering tonight, this one seems to have legs. Yes, comedy kingpin Ed O'Neil provides an experienced cornerstone for the series but we're happy to see Julie Bowen, whom we know from "Weeds" and "Lost", given a venue we think she deserves. The promos are hilarious and the folks whom we know received screeners say the show can back them up.

Cougar Town (9:30pm on ABC): Call us a sentimental fan, but we want to see how series star Courtney Cox is doing. We don't have high hopes for the show, however, and are resigned to the idea that it will pass on much like Cox's FX foray, "Dirt", but at least it plays to her strengths as a comedic actress.
If you are a fan of "Dancing With The Stars" or of pro snowboarder Louie Vito, be sure to check out our interview with him at the "Family Guy" pre-Emmy party last Friday night. Vito incorporated a flip in his routine during the season premiere - we wonder what he'll do to top that. Vito is at the end of the 2nd video on this post.
Monday's edition of "The Late Show With David Letterman" had it's highest viewership in over four years, perhaps because President Barack Obama was the featured guest. Can't wait to see the numbers for last night's show which had former President Bill Clinton as guest.

The TV Junkie Plan: "The New Adventures of Old Christine", "Modern Family", "Cougar Town", Conan, Fallon.

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8:00pm Mercy NBC - Series Premiere

8:00pm America's Next Top Model The CW - The contestants meet with Miss J. to prepare for their first runway show

8:00pm The New Adventures of Old Christine CBS - Season Premiere

8:00pm So You Think You Can Dance FOX - Auditions continue.

8:30pm Gary Unmarried CBS - Season Premiere

9:00pm Modern Family ABC - Series Premiere

9:00pm Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC - Season Premiere

9:00pm Criminal Minds CBS - Season Premiere

9:00pm Glee FOX - Kurt tries out for the football team; two members of the glee club receive life-altering news.

9:00pm Man vs. Wild Discovery - The crew discusses how they produce "Man vs. Wild" and what it feels like to follow in Bear's footsteps.

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9:30pm Cougar Town ABC - Series Premiere

10:00pm CSI: NY CBS - Season Premiere

10:00pm Top Chef: Las Vegas Bravo - The contestants deconstruct a classic dish for magicians Penn & Teller

10:00pm Man v. Food Travel Channel - Philadelphia, aka cheesesteak heaven

10:00pm The Jay Leno Show NBC - Actor Vince Vaughn; Al Michaels and Bob Costas

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Stupid Pet Tricks; actor Simon Baker; Mary J. Blige performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Martin Short; TV personality Tim Gunn; Wynonna performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Courteney Cox; actress Jessica Capshaw; the latest celebrity eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars."

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt; writer Ken Tucker; Arctic Monkeys perform.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Amy Poehler; musician Dan Fogler; Parkour athletes.

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