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TV Junkie: Thursday

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Tonight brings the highly anticipated (US) series premiere of "Life on Mars" on ABC. Is it just another gussied up time-traveler premised police procedural or does it have more substance? The Brits loved their version, let's see if the US one has legs. What it does have is Harvey Keitel in a supporting role on TV.

Also starting tonight is SNL's primetime show, "Saturday Night Live: Thursday Update" - in order to keep everyone up on the political shenanigans that have happened since last Saturday night.

The TV Junkie plan: "SoCal Connected"; "The Office"; "Saturday Night Live: Thursday Update"; "Life on Mars"; Letterman.

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8:00pm SoCal Connected PBS/KCET - A look at the 2002 citywide ban on new billboards. Despite the ban, city officials are unwilling or unable to prevent their spread – resulting in an estimated 4,000 illegal billboards in Los Angeles.

8:30pm Kath & Kim NBC - Series Premiere.

9:00pm CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS - Season Premiere

9:00pm The Office NBC - A business ethics seminar gets out of control.

9:30pm Saturday Night Live: Thursday Update NBC - Special night and time

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10:00pm LA Ink TLC - Season Premiere

10:00pm Life on Mars ABC - Series Premiere.

10:00pm It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia FX - It's all about poop.

10:00pm Tabatha's Salon Takeover Bravo - Season Finale

10:00pm The Eleventh Hour CBS - Series Premiere.

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10:30pm The Sarah Silverman Program Comedy Central - New time slot

10:30pm Testees FX - Series Premiere

11:35pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Bill Murray; Beck performs.

Pic of Harvey Keitel in "Life on Mars" via ABC