We’ve got the first of the fall shows either coming back or premiering tonight (mostly on The CW which seems to try and get its properties out of the gate early to draw in viewers before they have to compete with the big boys) but I suspect there are many of you out there far more interested in the fact that the first actual NFL game of the season is on tonight. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve already got my guacamole makings, salsa con queso, and hint of lime chips ready to go and I’m not even a particular fan of either of the teams playing tonight. It’s just a nice reminder that we’re getting back into the fall TV season so everyone can stop complaining about how there’s nothing on TV and start complaining about how everything on TV sucks. I know you’ve all missed it at least as much as I have. Here’s your Thursday night TV:
7:30pm: “NBC Special: NFL Kickoff 2010” on NBC
“Thursday Night College Football: Auburn at Mississippi State” on ESPN
8:00pm: “Big Brother” on CBS
“Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin” on Food Network
“Showtime Special: Redlight” on Showtime.
“The Vampire Diaries” on The CW. Second season premiere. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this vampire thing going away. I get that there’s some hot guys on this show so it has fans but the whole thing just seems like a way to sell broody and sort of emotionally abusive boys in a different way than the usual way, which is more like Logan from “Veronica Mars”. Yes, I said that. What’re you gonna do about it?
8:30pm: “Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints” on NBC. Woooo! Football! Also, this is apparently the “premiere” of Sunday night football on a special night but that’s such an asinine concept that I don’t feel like dignifying it. Except I kind of did. Whoops.
9:00pm: “Destination Truth” on SyFy. Fourth season premiere.
“History Special: 9/11 State of Emergency” on History.
“Nikita” on The CW. Series premiere.
“Project Runway” on Lifetime
“The Real Housewives of DC” on Bravo
“Rookie Blue” on ABC. Two hour first season finale.
“The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Smartest Inventions 2” on TruTV
“TNA: Impact!” on Spike TV
10:00pm: “Ace of Cakes” on Food Network
“Beast Legends” on SyFy. Series premiere. You know, sometimes it feels like SyFy is looking to find an outside audience and leaving behind their nerd roots. Then shows like this pop up, and I think maybe not so much.
“Come Dine With Me” on BBCA
“Jersey Shore” on MTV
“NICU” on Health. First season finale.
“The Squad” on A&E
“Top 20 Most Shocking” on TruTV
“Watch What Happens” on Bravo.
“You’re Wearing That?!?” on WE
10:30pm: “On The Road with Austin and Santino” on Lifetime
Late Night Listings
“The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS featuring Jack Hanna and Jamey Johnson.
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC featuring Katie Couric, Kurt Warner, and David Gray
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC featuring Diane Sawyer, Donal Logue, and Ray LaMontagne
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC featuring Ali Larter, Mario Batali, and Jerry Lee Lewis
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central featuring Meghan McCain
“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featuring Sen. Jim Webb, Joshua Bleill, Lt. Col. Brent Cummings, and John Legend.
Intern Rusty is a Masters student at the University of Miami. You can learn more about her at Rusty’s Ventures.