Fall TV Preview

The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

With the Fall TV season and its shiny, new wares still rolling out, we’re continuing to go daily with The TVLine-Up. (For those who must plan ahead, here is our complete Fall TV premieres calendar, plus I summarize what’s coming up the next day.) But right now, here’s what’s happening on….

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
8/7 Community (NBC) | Annie takes on her Asian counterpart (Greek‘s Irene Choi) in a Model United Nations assignment, while Chang cops a ‘tude as the new enforcer of campus security.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Leonard escorts Amy to a wedding, making Sheldon feel, could it be, jealous? Elsewhere, Bernadette and Howard spend some quality time with Mrs. W.

8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | A trip to the 1920s serves up big reveals, a heartbreaking Elena scene, and the birth of a warrior. TVLine’s Meg Masters saw the episode, and dishes on it here.

8 pm Charlie’s Angels (ABC) | Old Spice pitchman Isaiah Mustafa is not on a horse, nor a boat, but on this freshman drama playing Kate’s (Annie Ilonzeh) policeman ex-fiance.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Tammy 1 (played by Patricia Clarkson) wreaks havoc on Ron’s way of life, ultimately necessitating the involvement of Tammy 0 aka Mama Swanson (Paula Pell, 30 Rock).

8:30 pm How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) | Series premiere: David Hornsby (of It’s Always Sunny and I’m-married-to-Emily-Deschanel fame) plays Alan, a prissy, erudite writer for a posh monthly that destroys his comfort zone when it switches to being a Maxim-like lad mag. Enter Kevin Dillon (Entourage) as a lunkhead former high school pal who helps Alan learn to be a man’s man. Among the supporting cast, Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) plays Alan’s bossy sister, while Dave Foley (NewsRadio) is his editor. The pilot wasn’t terribly clever (yet was streets ahead of $#*! My Dad Says), but I have a feeling the show will do A-OK numbers in the plum apres-Big Bang slot.

Michael Emerson on Person of Interest‘s Big Flashback: Reveals Aren’t Glacial, Like on Lost

9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Was it just me or did that final look on Owen’s face seem as if he’s not going to be entirely OK with Cristina’s choice? (Oh that’s right, Ausiello told us he most definitely is not happy.)

9 pm The Secret Circle (The CW) | A(nother?) man from Dawn’s past arrives in town asking questions about the Circle, while Cassie spurs jealousy (meaning: exploding light bulbs?) in Adam by landing a date for the school dance.

9 pm The Office (NBC) | Robert California charges the staff with doubling their sales. Yeah, because people use so much paper anymore, what with email, PDFs, CB Radio and all.

9:30 pm Whitney (NBC) | Our second date with this freshman comedy revolves around Whit and Alex going on the proper “first date” they never had. The show did good numbers in its debut; now let’s see if the quality of the scripts/Cummings’ acting can improve.

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | The good news: Jane is reinstated as a CBI consultant. The bad news: He’s part of a whole new team.

10 pm Private Practice (ABC) | Tim Daly has been tweeting a lot from the set, so I will assume Pete survives the heart scare (unless Shonda pulls a Denny on us!) Elsewhere, Addison learns what she and Benjamin Bratt’s mystery man have in common.

10 pm Prime Suspect (NBC) | Did I ever mention that the name of Detective Jane Timoney’s husband is Matt Webb? That is reason alone to keep this cop drama on your radar — if you can get past, you know, her hat.

10:30 pm Archer (FX) | The conclusion of this autumnal run of episodes finds Archer and his fellow prisoners trying to escape the Pirate Fortress.

Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the comments to politely share tune-in recommendations of your own.