Thursday Night TV

CBS

8:00 PM- Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
This reality show pits two groups of people against each other for mental and physical competitions. Each week, a contestant is eliminated by vote from the other members of his team. At the end of the season, the person left standing is awarded $1 million by popular vote. This season’s cast features men and women who proved themselves noteworthy in earlier seasons.

9:00 PM- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
The original CSI, set in Las Vegas. The main characters are investigators called upon to solve particularly intriguing murders.

10:00 PM- The Mentalist
This drama features the exploits of Patrick Jane (played by Simon Baker) as he works as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigations. He calls upon his ability to perceive the feelings and motivations of others to solve crimes. His eccentric methodology frequently causes turmoil for his team, but he always gets his man.

ABC

8:00 PM- FlashForward
The basis for this drama is that one day, every one in the world blacked out and had a vision of the same day in the future. The main characters of the show are those in the FBI unit who have been tasked with determining the cause of the “flashforward” as well as the people behind it. They are working to prevent events which appear to be inevitable, yet as they move forward, they realize that certain choices are able to change the future.

9:00 PM- Grey’s Anatomy
This is a medical drama set in Seattle, WA. The beautiful doctors who work at Seattle Grace have complex relationships: roommates, lovers, exes, and enemies. The hospital and patients typically provide a backdrop for the real plot as the surgeons interact with one another.

10:00 PM- Private Practice
Another medical drama, this set in sunny California. The doctors in this show work at a medical clinic that uses a more holistic approach to patient care. The different doctrines come together to meet patient needs; however, the plot of the show is again more focused on the relationships (often sexual) among the doctors.

NBC

8:00- Community
This sitcom focuses on an assorted group of students at a community college. The most notable cast member is Chevy Chase.

8:30- Parks and Recreation
In this sitcom, Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope, a woman working at the Parks and Recreation department. The series features her exploits as she pursues the goal of advancing her political career with her attempts to open a local park.

9:00- The Office
This comedy parodies a documentary, telling of the drudgery of an office job. Starring Steve Carrell, the series has been a hit since its debut.

9:30- 30 Rock
Tina Fey stars in this sitcom as the producer of a variety show. She must split her time tending to the wants of the boss (played by Alec Baldwin) and the star of the variety show (played by Tracey Morgan).

10:00- The Marriage Ref
In this show, a married couple is featured each week to discuss their disagreement. A panel of celebrity judges is called upon to insert their opinions, and at the end of the episode, the “Ref,” Tom Papa, makes the call as to who wins the argument.

Fox

8:00- Bones
This crime drama tells of the relationship between Agent Booth (David Boreanaz) of the FBI and Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan of the Jefferson Institute. They are called upon to solve crimes in which the remains are so badly decomposed that general crime scene investigators aren’t able to process the information.

Fringe thursday night tv9:00- Fringe
The crime fighting continues in this FBI drama, but with a more sci-fi bent. The agents work with scientists to solve unusual and frightening mysteries.

CW

8:00- Vampire Diaries
This series focuses on a pair of brothers who are vampires, one who embraces the evil side of their nature while the other fights it. The setting is a high school in Mystic Falls, VA, where the students are unaware of the danger in which they reside.

9:00- Supernatural
This drama revolves around two brothers and the ultimate fight to slay the devil. Along the way, they fight each other and a variety of demons and other supernatural creatures.

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