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Arts and Entertainment

TV Junkie: NBC Comedies & More Premiere Tonight

Maria Bello stars in NBC's "Prime Suspect" (9:55pm), a series that seems to be more about hats and 'tude than character development and nuanced performance.
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Tonight NBC rolls out its Thursday comedy offerings with season premieres of "Community" (Omar from "The Wire" will be a guest star!), "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," and the series premier of "Whitney." There's been plenty of buzzing excitement for the returning shows, including a healthy optimism for James Spader's turn on "The Office" but the question is, what will happen to Whitney Cummings' "Whitney." Has NBC over-promoted "Whitney"? Major cities have been plastered with billboards, posters, and web users have seen online ads and messages on Facebook and more. There's reportedly been some backlash including #RejectedWhitneyPromo twitter tags, posts on the Nerdist website (that have since been removed, perhaps because Nerdist founder, Chris Hardwick, is a regular on Whitney Cummings' old show, "Chelsea Lately"), and other, sometimes articulate, criticisms of the show. We'll be giving the show a chance and come to our own conclusions.What won't be disappointing tonight is tonight's episode of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" - we've seen it, it's absolutely hilarious take on "Jersey Shore", and a must-watch (preview clip at the bottom of this post).
Disappointments so far this week: "2 Broke Girls," "Unforgettable," "Revenge," "The Playboy Club." Must we really withhold our opinion on "Charlie's Angels"? Also, regarding tonight's premiere of "Prime Suspect," I have a lot of admiration for Maria Bello but this American relaunch of the original UK version starring Helen Mirren has substituted 'tude for subtlety of performance - for the NBC edition, it's all about Bello's hat and other such BS. I understand that the US version wasn't created in order to bring over an audience from PBS but what NBC has done to this excellent program is ridiculous.
Jimmy Kimmel's Feast of San Gennaro kicks off tonight with it's gala party before opening to the public for the weekend from 11am to 11pm. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, the Feast will once again take over Hawthorn Ave. (between Highland and Orange) in Hollywood. With a lot of showbiz folks on the committee you can be sure that a lot of comedians and celebs will be attending and performing as the feast proceeds - be sure to check the website for show times.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Community," "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," "Whitney," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "Arhcer," "Conan," "NTSF:SD:SUV," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"

8:00pm Community NBC - Season Premiere. Biology 101 The Greendale study group reunites; Jeff butts heads with the new biology teacher; Dean Pelton finds a new nemesis in the dean of the Air Conditioning Repair Annex.

8:00pm Charlie's Angels ABC - Series Premiere. Angel With a Broken Wing After a tragic incident, Abby and Kate meet their new partner, Eve, a street racer who has a mysterious past.

8:30pm Parks and Recreation NBC - Season Premiere. I'm Leslie Knope Leslie must chose between Ben and her dream of running for office; Ann dispenses medical advice; Ron gets ready for the return of Tammy One.

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8:55pm Person of Interest CBS - Series Premiere. Pilot Reese and Finch must figure out whether a young prosecutor is a victim or a suspect.

9:00pm The Office NBC - Season Premiere. The List The staff go into frantic speculation after accidentally discovering a list of their names in a notebook belonging to the mysterious new CEO.

9:00pm Grey's Anatomy ABC - Season Premiere. Free Falling; She's Gone Meredith loses her job; April tries to fill the roll of chief resident; Cristina and Owen butt heads; Zola's adoption counselor worries about Meredith and Derek's relationship; Cristina makes a difficult decision.

9:30pm Whitney NBC - Series Premiere. Pilot Whitney consults with her close circle of friends for advice on how to spice up her relationship with Alex.

9:55pm Prime Suspect NBC - Series Premiere. After alienating herself from her colleagues on her new homicide squad, Jane Timoney looks for a new angle to help solve crimes; Jane asks her father for advice.

10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore Dee and Dennis take the gang to their favorite childhood vacation spot; Mac, Frank and Charlie have the nights of their lives.

10:00pm The Mentalist CBS - Season Premiere. Scarlet Ribbons In prison for killing his nemesis, Patrick must prove that the man he shot was Red John

10:30pm Archer FX - Heart of Archness: Part II Archer deals with the trials and tribulations of being pirate king; ISIS remains semi-committed to Archer's rescue.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Rachel Bilson; comic Bobby Lee; comic Arden Myrin; comic Dov Davidoff.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Jonah Hill; actor John Noble.

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11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Sgt. Dakota Meyer; actress Sofia Vergara; Chris Cornell performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Jamie Foxx; actress Michelle Monaghan; Bush performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Ellen Pompeo; reality-TV personalities Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro; Daryl Hall performs.

12:15am NTSF:SD:SUV Cartoon Network - Piper Doesn't Live Here Anymore When Piper's alter ego is activated, she begins hunting down her NTSF teammates.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Emails with Chris Hardwick; actor Billy Gardell.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Julianna Margulies; actor Wyatt Cenac; Telekinesis performs