TV on Thursday: Parks & Recreation S.6 Premiere, The Michael J. Fox Show Series Premiere, Elementary S.2 Premiere & More

News & Notes

Get Elementary Episodes via Amazon Instant VideoTonight, ABC has the 10th season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, CBS has the seventh season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, the series premiere of The Crazy Ones, the 11th season premiere of Two and a Half Men and the second season premiere of Elementary, FOX has the fifth season premiere of Glee, and NBC has the sixth season premiere of Parks & Recreation, the series premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show and the fifth season premiere of Parenthood.

Over on cable, Discovery Channel has an Airplane Repo special followed by the first season finale and Lifetime has the first season finale of Supermarket Superstar.

Check out the latest TV times Three Podcast: Ep.197, “Cable Fall TV Preview 2013.” On this episode I am joined by @mytakeontv and @raelee. We go over cable fall TV schedule and give premiere dates and then talk some new fall shows like Masters of Sex and Witches of East End and returning shows like Homeland and White Collar. We also talked some about the Burn Notice series finale and recent episodes of Suits and Haven. Also check out Ep.196, “The CW Fall TV Preview 2013,” Ep.195, “NBC Fall TV Preview 2013,” Ep.194, “CBS Fall TV Preview 2013,” Ep.193, “ABC Fall TV Preview 2013,” and Ep.192, “FOX Fall TV Preview 2013.”

Next Thursday, ABC has the third season premiere of Scandal, CBS has the series premiere of The Millers, and NBC has the series premieres of Welcome to the Family and Sean Saves the World.

Prime Picks

Parks & Recreation (NBC): Season Premiere. Leslie heads across the pond to London for an award. Tom is on the hunt for a local businessman. Ann and Chris decide to take things to the next level. Runs 61 minutes.

The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC): Series Premiere. Former newscaster Mike Henry, who left because of illness, decides that after five years that he is ready to go back to work and hopes his family will be okay with it. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 30 minutes. This is my favorite new comedy of the fall. I’ve seen the first three and it really comes out of the gate strong and adds some fun side characters to the initial cast. I talked about the series premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show and the rest of the NBC Fall Schedule with @mytakeontv and @ShowPatrol on the TV times Three Podcast.
The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC): New. Mike tries to get a noisy neighbor to quiet down, which leads to some other problems. Leigh gets mistaken for being single mom. Starts a minute after the half hour and runs 30 minutes.

Elementary (CBS): Season Premiere. Sherlock decides to return to London to help out someone in trouble and has to deal with his past. Watson finds out more about Sherlock’s life, as well as meeting his brother Mycroft. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 59 minutes. This is a fund trip across the pond that is much more subdued than you might think a season premiere episode that goes to another country would be like. But, it didn’t need to be big and flashy, as there is some great character stuff mixed around the case being investigated.

Solid Selections

The Big Bang Theory (CBS): Season Premiere. Sheldon and Penny develop their own secrets while Leonard is gone. Wolowitz tries to help Raj get over his ex. Runs 31 minutes.
The Big Bang Theory (CBS): New. Leonard and Sheldon have their friendship tested. Wolowitz’s relationship with his mom causes some problems in regards to his masculinity. Starts a minute after the half hour and runs 30 minutes.

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): Season Premiere. A mudslide injures first responders and citizens. Meredith faces a tough decision. Callie deals with Arizona’s infidelity. They all get some devastating news. Runs two hours.

Other Options

  • The Crazy Ones (CBS): Series Premiere. The head of an advertising agency attempts to convince singer Kelly Clarkson to record a jingle for a big fast food chain. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 30 minutes. Liked this one well enough, as the cast is great. So, I’m going to stick around for a while and see what it will become. I talked about The Crazy Ones and the rest of the CBS Fall Schedule with @DocBrown_TV and @kyool over at TVtimesThree.
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC): Repeat. This past Tuesday’s series premiere episode, “Pilot,” replays, where the world is dealing with finding out that aliens and superheroes exist and Agent Phil Coulson begins to assemble a small group of very skilled agents. The team gets their first assignment, which is to find a man with potentially dangerous powers.
  • Parenthood (NBC): Season Premiere. The new Braverman baby is causing a stir. Kristina takes on a new fight. Joel and Julia continue to face some challenges. Hank is back. Amber’s boyfriend returns as well. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 59 minutes. It’s a few years too late, but it is finally on the night that I think it should have been on all along.
  • Strike Back (Cinemax): Repeat. This past Friday night’s episode replays.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has Thursday Night College Football action with Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech.
  • ESPN2 has doubleheader WNBA Playoff action.
  • MLB Network has a game tonight.
  • NFL Network has Thursday Night Football with the San Francisco 49ers at the St. Louis Rams.

Thursday TV Marathons

Breaking Bad (AMC): Most of season two and the first two episodes of season three replay with five more in late night. The second half of season three and all of season four replay on tomorrow and into late night. On Sunday, the fifth season replays all 15 episodes thus far leading up to the series finale that night.
Castle (TNT): Six episodes tonight.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (USA Network): Has 13 episodes.
Living Single (TV One): Has 12 episodes early.
T.J. Hooker (Universal HD): Has 11 episodes early.
Touched by an Angel (UPtv): Five episodes tonight.
Without a Trace (ION): Six episodes.

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