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TV Junkie: 'Dexter' Poster Anyone? NBC vs CBS Comedy War; #NBCCommunity Twittersode; 'My Generation' iPad App

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Tonight CBS is throwing down the gauntlet by premiering "The Big Bang Theory" at 8:00pm and "S#*! My Dad Says" at 8:30pm against NBC's "Community" and "30 Rock" respectively. See the video clip below to hear what Simon Helberg aka Howard Wolowitz said about this duel when we talked to him at the TCAs. We had the misfortune of seeing the first couple episodes of S#*! My Dad Says" a couple months ago (very poor quality) only to hear that there had been considerable recasting and reshooting of those episodes - they could only get better. We love that William Shatner thinks he should be able to say "shit" on CBS at 8:30pm, but we're not sure if that attitude will safely be communicated with this program.

Meanwhile, this afternoon at 4pm Pacific, there will be a "Community" Twittersode to herald this evening's premiere (they've out-geeked the "Big Bang Theory" geeks!). You can get more info at the NBC "Community" Twittersode page where all the Twitter account for the characters and the series performers are listed. The tweets start at 4pm Pacific and they will be a prequel to tonight's premiere at 8pm. I wonder if what will be revealed will be as important as the fact that @KenJeong told me on Twitter that he will have (at least one) nip-slip this season - you have been warned!

On a similar note, ABC is pairing the 8pm premiere of their new drama, "My Generation", with an iPad app that will synch with your television, providing you with additional character background info and other extras as the show airs. The app is free and we want to check it out of purely technical interest as neither the show screener we got, nor the TCA panel featuring the copious cast was that inspiring (plotline of tracking the progress of a group of 20-somethings since their high school graduation). Thursday has felt like _the_ comedy night of the week for so many years that we're having a difficult time thinking that we'd want to watch anything else. Obviously, if you've been ambivalent about NBC's offerings you will have wanted to look around, so enjoy - there are some good actors in "My Generation".
Also tonight, NBC will debut "Outsourced" at 9:30pm (see the above clip with Diedrich Bader who stars in the series). 'The Media' seems to be outraged by this show, saying that it will fail because of these tough economic times but we disagree, it will fail for other reasons - not being funny enough is one of them. After all, the viewing public doesn't seem to have a problem watching overprivileged-Kardashian idiocy/idiotic housewives/bounty-hunters/etc. during these tough economic times so why not Indian (and American) teleworkers - it's not the premise that's the issue, it's the delivery.
We're excited to see both Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Ames talk up "Bored to Death" on Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson respectively tonight. Come back to the TV Junkie tomorrow for interviews from Tuesday night's premiere event. "Bored to Death" premieres on Sunday at 10pm on HBO.
Contest: We have received a poster from Showtime for season 5 of "Dexter" which premieres this Sunday at 9pm. If you can give us the name of each primary killer that Dexter Morgan's department is investigating for season 1 through 4 you have a chance at winning the poster (that's 1 serial killer per season). You need to post your answer by Noon (Pacific) tomorrow (9/24) for a chance to get the poster. The poster is in pretty good shape (see the photo below), it just needs to be flattened as it has been cruelly rolled up in a tube for a while. We will be announcing more giveaways via Twitter so follow us there: @TheTVJunkie
"SGU" fans - have you seen the trailer for the new season? It's embedded at the end of this post.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Community", "30 Rock", "The Office", "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia", "The League", "Chelsea Lately" (Kristen Bell), Letterman (James Franco; Sofia Vergara; Shakira), Kimmel (Zach Galifianakis), Ferguson (Jon Hamm, Jonathan Ames)

8:00pm My Generation ABC - Series Premiere. A documentary crew documents the lives of members of a Texas high school class 10 years after graduation.

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8:00pm Bones Fox - Season Premiere. The team helps Cam solve the case of an unidentified boy

8:00pm The Vampire Diaries The CW - Elena, Damon and Alaric go to Duke University to find Isobel's research into the paranormal and look for clues to the mystery surrounding the Lockwood family; Stefan faces a new danger in the woods; Tyler makes a shocking discovery about Mason.

8:00pm Community NBC - Season Premiere. As the new semester begins, the study group gathers to tackle Anthropology 101; Jeff struggles to establish decorum with Britta and Annie; Senor Chang decides to enroll as a student so he can join the study group.

8:00pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Season Premiere. Penny tags along on Sheldon's first date; Wolowitz finds a new use for a robotic arm.

8:30pm 30 Rock NBC - Season Premiere. Jack meddles in Liz's burgeoning relationship with Carol (Matt Damon); Tracy has trouble dealing with Kenneth's termination as a page; Jenna becomes the show's newest producer.

8:30pm S#*! My Dad Says CBS - Series Premiere. Henry, a struggling writer, moves in with his cranky and opinionated father.

9:00pm Fringe Fox - Season Premiere. Olivia fights to find her way home; Peter and Walter try to move on with their lives alongside alternate Olivia.

9:00pm Grey's Anatomy ABC - Season Premiere. The staff tries to deal with physical and emotional trauma in the wake of the vengeful gunman's deadly rampage.

9:00pm The Office NBC - Season Premiere. Michael refuses to fire the new office assistant (Evan Peters) when people complain about his bad attitude; Pam tries to impress Jim by pulling an office prank.

9:00pm CSI CBS - Season Premiere. As Langston fights to survive after being attacked, the rest of the team attends the funeral of an officer.

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9:30pm Outsourced NBC - Series Premiere. After returning from management training, Todd Dempsy has to relocate to India, where he meets an eclectic new group of employees.

10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - Dennis Gets Divorced

10:00pm Private Practice ABC - Season Premiere. Pete and Violet prepare for their wedding day; things take a surprising turn with Addison

10:00pm The Mentalist CBS - Season Premiere. A prominent lawyer is kidnapped; Patrick Jane's encounter with Red John leaves him questioning his future with the unit.

10:30pm The League FX - The married guys atone for Vegas; an adult weekend for Kevin and Jenny; a terrific lady day for Ruxin and Sofia; The League is plagued by Rafi, Ruxin's brother-in-law.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Kristen Bell.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor James Franco; actress Sofia Vergara; Shakira performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Jimmy Smits; singer Jackie Evancho; Brian Wilson performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Zach Galifianakis; TV personality Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi; Trombone Shorty performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Jon Hamm; author Jonathan Ames.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Amy Poehler; actress Rashida Jones; actor Aaron Johnson; Pavement performs.


2:00pm The Nate Berkus Show NBC/KNBC - Jaime Lee Curtis guests and gives the NY-based show a little LA flavor (see pic below)

Simon Helberg talks about "The Big Bang Theory" move to Thursday nights:


The new season of "Dexter" premieres on Showtime this Sunday at 9pm and we're giving away this poster - answer the question above in the Comments for a chance to win.


Jamie Lee Curtis wipes the floor on "The Nate Berkus Show" tomorrow at 2pm.
Trailer for SGU: