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TV Junkie: Wednesday

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ABC won the viewership battle of opening night of the season, although the "beginning" of the season gets more ambiguous every year. What put them over the top was "Dancing With the Stars" which featured a pretty awesome Cloris Leachman who can kick some ass at 82. Evidently she wants to "blow" Bob Saget according to the Comedy Central roast of him a few weeks ago so perhaps she's staying spry in hopes of that.

So many hours were lost watching the original as an adolescent, I really don't want to even mention it, but the relaunch of "Knight Rider" debuts tonight. The problem is that the original, even with the nostalgia factor, was utter crap - "Magnum P.I." was always a better option. Perhaps only "Airwolf" was worse than "Knight Rider". The prediction is that this new version will stink even worse - KITT happens.

The TV Junkie fears an inauspicious debut for Jay Mohr's new series "Gary Unmarried" - we didn't receive screeners and other folks in the business we talked to haven't seen it either and that's not a good sign. People hate Jay Mohr like they hate Michael Chiklis but his show "Action" is an underground classic.

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We've been reporting live from New York the last couple days, where we saw Jim Gaffigan place an order in a cafe on Bleeker Street - he ordered a hot tea and a bran muffin, no mention of Hot Pockets. He was looking trim and was friendly if not busy - listen to LAist's interview with Gaffigan from last year.

There's a lot of stuff tonight but here's the TV Junkie plan: "New Adventures of Old Christine" (cuz we love that Fey loves Dreyfus); "Project Runway" (because we wish we were going back to Cali'); "Sons of Anarchy"; Letterman (give McCain hell Dave).

8:00pm Knight Rider NBC - Series Premiere.

8:00 pm Dancing With the Stars ABC - Special broadcast of results

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

8:00pm Killer Stress: A National Geographic Special PBS/KCET - If you think that goddam job is killing you, you might be right.

8:30pm Gary Unmarried CBS - Series Premiere.

9:00pm David Blaine: Dive of Death ABC - David Blaine drops from a wire 5 stories in the air over New York after 60 hours aloft and without food. Who cares?

9:00pm American Masters: The Warner Bros. Story: A New Reality (1950-1989) PBS/KCET - As television arrives, Warner Bros. employs new technology and new stars; showdown between Harry and Jack Warner; ``Woodstock'' signals a new era.

9:00pm Project Runway Bravo - LL Cool J is a guest judge - the subject of big booties comes up.

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9:00pm Criminal Minds CBS - Season Premiere

10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - The club travels to Nevada to store arms with a brother club

10:00pm CSI: NY CBS - Season Premiere

10:00pm Lipstick Jungle NBC - Season Premiere

10:00pm Top Design Bravo - Jeff Lewis from "Flipping Out" is this week's guest judge

10:30pm Lewis Black's Root of All Evil Comedy Central - Strip Clubs vs. Sororities - which is worse, climbing the social ladder, or working the pole?

11:35pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Presidential candidate John McCain; Delta Goodrem performs

Pic of the OG "Knight Rider" via NBC