Tonight on the Tube: The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Men in Trees and Scrubs Returns

Scrubs - The Complete Fourth SeasonTonight you will find Men in Trees in its new timeslot following Grey’s Anatomy on ABC and over on NBC you will find that Scrubs has been put back on the air. The more I look at the new NBC Thursday night lineup, the more I start to think “Must-See TV” might actually be back. The Office has become one of my favorite all time comedies and Scrubs already was and now they will be together on the same night with the solid My Name Is Earl and the very good newcomer 30 Rock. Together they make one really exceptional two-hour comedy block. What will you be watching on Thursday nights now that the schedule has been shuffled up a bit?

Prime Picks

My Name Is Earl (NBC): New. Earl decides to help an old classmate become more of a man by teaching him to gamble.
The Office (NBC): New. Michael finds out that a new employee is and ex-con and tries to be supportive as only he can.

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): New. Burke and Cristina are having trouble with their relationship after what happened in last week’s episode. Meredith’s half sister comes to the hospital. Runs 61 minutes.

Men in Trees (ABC): New. This is the first episode in its new timeslot and it picks up right where the last episode on Fridays ended with Marin having gone back to New York. Patrick has a tough decision on where he is going to spend the Thanksgiving holiday this year with a new family and his girlfriend on opposite sides of the choice.

Solid Selections

Ugly Betty (ABC): New. Amanda tries to get Betty’s job while Betty is thinking about her relationships and feelings.

Scrubs (NBC): Season Premiere. The sixth season begins with J.D trying to imagine what it will be like to be a father and Dr. Cox starts to think that his being upset all the time may have bad consequences down the road.
30 Rock (NBC): New. Liz has gone back to her ex for no good reason and Jack thinks that he should be her mentor.

ER (NBC): New. Dr. Pratt is having trouble after finding out about his brother while Kovac deals with Curtis Ames.

Cable Choices

Emeril Live (Food Network): Repeat. Emeril bakes up some holiday cookie recipes sent in by viewers.

All Star Holiday Cookies (Food Network): New. The stars of the Food Network share their favorite holiday cookie recipes.

Winning Holiday Cookies (Food Network): Repeat. See more about holiday cookies and traditions.

Other Options

  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): Repeat. The bodies in the morgue give a voice to what happened to them.
  • The O.C. (FOX): New. Taylor has a plan to cure Ryan’s insomnia while Summer and Che taking their protesting to the next level and Kaitlin comes up with an idea to help the dating service survive.
  • Shark (CBS): Repeat. The episode, “LAPD Blue,” replays where the new investigator character is first introduced.
  • Smallville (The CW): Repeat. Clark comes done with his first cold after exhausting himself trying to cleanup after the destruction of Zod.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has college football action with the Marathon MAC Championship from Ford Field in Detroit.
  • ESPN2 has women’s college hoops with Purdue at Connecticut followed by the men with Arkansas at Missouri.
  • TNT has an NBA doubleheader with the Detroit Pistons at the Miami Heat in the first and the Utah Jazz at the Los Angeles Lakers in the second.

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