Tonight’s Big Premieres, in Brief
Tonight's premieres (and some shows I just like). Fresh off the stove.
Flash Forward (ABC, 8:00) A well-made thriller with a scary-exciting premise: Everyone in the world loses consciousness and has a "flash-forward" to six months in the future. Plus, Harold from Harold & Kumar is in it! Could be Lost; could be Six Degrees. Very engaging pilot, so here's hoping the show itself is still around in six months ...
Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 9:00) I was an early hate adopter: To me, this has always been the Dawson's Creek of medical shows. That said, even I am not immune to the freakish drama of "what will they do to punish mouthy actress Katherine Heigl?" Will Izzy wear a kick-me sign? Be forced to dance at gunpoint? Have pig's blood dumped on her head at the prom? (Okay, I watched, and the only spoiler I will provide is that it annoyed me as much as ever and made me never want to hear another moody Starbucksish punctuate-the-emotion soundtrack for the rest of my life.)
C.S.I. (CBS, 9:00) Not a fan, but the visuals are kinky-cool.
The Mentalist (CBS, 10:00) Also not a fan, but there's something so disarmingly nuts about the premise it reels me in: He's not a real psychic, he's just a slick-phony observant extrovert, but hey, he's so charming, so breezy — it's almost like he's a psychic.
Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30) Yay!
The Office (NBC, 9:00) My favorite show on television.
Community (NBC, 9:30) Witty new sitcom and I'm curious to see whether they're able to keep their trickster hero afloat, walking as he does in the smart-mouthed shadow of Ferris and Hawkeye Pierce and Bill Murray.
Bones (Fox, 8:00) I'm sticking with it, despite the admittedly nutsoid turn things have gone in the aftermath of last year's coma finale.
Fringe (Fox, 9:00) I'll watch this week! I promise!
The Vampire Diaries (CW) Vampires and mush.
Supernatural (CW) Ghosts. Should I watch this? One friend keeps telling me it's better than I realize.