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By admin Published: July 1, 2009


Tom Shales has offered a defense of TV critics. Too bad it's short and overloaded with strained jokes.

Recent Blu-ray announcements include "My Cousin Vinny" (Aug. 4) and the original movie of "MASH" (Sept. 1). I'm a fan of Blu-ray in a lot of cases, but not convinced that it will add anything to the viewing of either of those movies.

Speaking of Blu-ray, Newsweek offered a look at Neil Young's embrace of the format -- and the whole question of what it takes to convince someone to go Blu-ray -- here.

CBS and NBC announced their fall premiere dates while I was on vacation. In case you missed them, I've posted the announcements after the jump.

Here's the CBS boilerplate:

CBS today announced dates for the fall premieres of its new and returning series, which include a pre-season debut for SURVIVOR: SAMOA and the launch of the new Sunday drama series THREE RIVERS in early October. The Network will introduce the majority of its schedule beginning Monday, Sept. 21, the official start of the 2009-2010 season.

SURVIVOR: SAMOA, the 19th installment of the hit reality series, will debut a week prior to the formal start of the season, on Thursday, Sept. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

CBS's new season rollout officially begins on Monday, Sept. 21 with HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT), the premiere of the new comedy ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT), the seventh season premiere of television's Number One comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT), the third season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY in its new time period (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the eighth season premiere of CSI: MIAMI (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

NCIS begins its seventh season on Tuesday, Sept. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the new NCIS: LOS ANGELES spin-off (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the freshman drama THE GOOD WIFE (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

CBS returns its Wednesday comedy block on Sept. 23 with the fifth season of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) and sophomore comedy GARY UNMARRIED (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the fifth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the sixth season premiere of CSI: NY (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION returns for its 10th season on Thursday, Sept. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) followed by the time period premiere of last season's No. 1 new hit THE MENTALIST (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

The Network's top-rated Friday lineup returns on Sept. 25 with the fifth season premiere of GHOST WHISPERER (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), the Network debut of the popular drama MEDIUM (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the sixth season premiere of NUMB3RS (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

CBS's Saturday schedule premieres Sept. 26 with the return of 48 HOURS MYSTERY (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), preceded by two hours of CRIMETIME SATURDAY (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).

60 MINUTES, television's highest rated news magazine, returns for its 42nd season on Sunday, Sept. 26 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by a special two-hour debut of the 15th edition of the multi-Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the seventh season premiere of COLD CASE in its new time period (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

Premiering a week later on Sunday, Oct. 4 is the new drama THREE RIVERS (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).

CBS's 2009-2010 Premiere Dates

Thursday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR: SAMOA (19th Installment Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 21
8:00-8:30 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (5th Season Premiere, OAD 9/19/05)
8:30-9:00 PM ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (Series Debut)
9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN (7th Season Premiere, OAD 9/22/03)
9:30-10:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (3rd Season Premiere, OAD 9/24/07)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: MIAMI (8th Season Premiere, OAD 9/23/02)

Tuesday, Sept. 22
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS (7th Season Premiere, OAD 9/12/03)
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE (Series Debut)

Wednesday, Sept. 23
(5th Season Premiere, OAD 3/13/06)
8:30-9:00 PM GARY UNMARRIED (2nd Season Premiere, OAD 9/14/08)
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (5th Season Premiere, OAD 9/22/05)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: NY (6th Season Premiere, OAD 9/22/04)

Thursday, Sept. 24
9:00-10:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (10th Season Premiere, OAD 10/6/00)
10:00-11:00 PM THE MENTALIST (2nd Season Premiere, OAD 9/23/08)

Friday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:00 PM GHOST WHISPERER (5th Season Premiere, OAD 9/23/05)
9:00-10:00 PM MEDIUM (Network Debut, OAD 1/23/05)
10:00-11:00 PM NUMB3RS (6th Season Premiere, OAD 1/21/05)

Saturday, Sept. 26
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS MYSTERY (Season Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 27
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES (42nd Season Premiere)
8:00-10:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (15th Edition Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM COLD CASE (7th Season Premiere, OAD 9/23/03)

Sunday, Oct. 4
9:00-10:00 PM THREE RIVERS (Series Debut)

And here is NBC's:

NBC kicks off the Fall 2009 season on Monday, September 14 with the highly anticipated primetime debut of "The Jay Leno Show" (10-11 p.m. ET/9-10 p.m. CT), followed by the premiere of the network's marquee night of comedy on Thursday, September 17, as "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" and new series "Community" join "Parks and Recreation" and Emmy winner "The Office."

NBC's dramas will premiere with a two-hour "Heroes" on Monday, September 21 (8-10 p.m. ET), the compelling family drama "Parenthood" premieres on Wednesday, September 23 (8-9 p.m. ET) leading into "Law & Order: SVU" (9-10 p.m. ET). The new high-octane "Trauma" will premiere the following Monday, September 28 (9-10 p.m. ET).

Emmy winner "30 Rock" returns to the Thursday comedy line-up on October 15 (9:30-10 p.m. ET).

In addition, "Saturday Night Live" returns for its 35th season on September 26 (11:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m.).

The announcement was made by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

"NBC is proud to present more hours of comedy programming this fall than any other network with the 'The Jay Leno Show' each night at 10 p.m. and 'Community' joining the award-winning Thursday line-up," said Silverman. "We're also excited about adding two new dramas to our strong slate of quality returning shows."

"The Jay Leno Show," the first-ever entertainment program to be stripped across primetime on broadcast network television, launches on Monday, September 14 (10-11 p.m. ET) and will showcase many of the features that have made Leno America's late-night leader for more than a dozen years.

On Tuesday, September 15 (8-10 p.m.), "The Biggest Loser" returns with all new two-hour episodes, featuring more inspiration and real-life drama as this season's contestants challenge themselves to reach their weight-loss goals.

Thursday is comedy night on NBC with the only live comedy show between 8-10 p.m. on any network, "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday," kicking off the night (8-8:30 p.m. ET) beginning September 17, followed by "Parks and Recreation" (8:30-9 p.m. ET), "The Office" (9-9:30 p.m. ET) and new comedy "Community" (9:30-10 p.m. ET) from Emmy winners Joe and Anthony Russo ("Arrested Development"). "Community" focuses on a band of community college misfits, led by a fast-talking lawyer (Joel McHale, "The Soup"), who form a study group and end up learning more about themselves than their coursework.

On October 8, "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" will exit the 8 p.m. slot and "Community" will shift to the earlier time period, followed by "Parks and Recreation" (8:30-9 p.m. ET). A one-hour episode of "The Office" will air from 9-10 p.m. ET.

On October 15, Emmy winner "30 Rock" will launch its fourth season in the show's regular slot on Thursdays, 9:30-10 p.m. ET.

NBC's dramas return with a two-hour episode of viewer favorite "Heroes" (8-10 p.m. ET) on Monday, September 21. The following Monday, September 28, "Heroes" will continue in its 8 p.m. time period followed by "Trauma" (9-10 p.m. ET), the new adrenalin-rush action drama from executive producer Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights") that tracks a team of first-responder paramedics from San Francisco General as they face extreme conditions to save the lives of strangers and give meaning to their own in the process.

"Parenthood," from Imagine Entertainment's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and writer/executive producer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights"), premieres on Wednesday, September 23 (8-9 p.m. ET). The series, which features an all-star cast including Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Dax Shepard, Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter and Erika Christensen, tells the story of four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and unexpected joys of being a parent. Following "Parenthood" on Wednesdays is "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9-10 p.m. ET), beginning its eleventh season on September 23.

Fridays, beginning September 25, the venerable "Law & Order" (8-9 p.m. ET) returns for a record 20th season, followed by the acclaimed drama "Southland" (9-10 p.m. ET).

Beginning September 26, Saturdays in primetime will be a showcase for "Dateline NBC" (8-9 p.m. ET) and encore presentations of "Trauma" (9-10 p.m. ET) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10-11 p.m. ET).

"Football Night in America" (7-8:15 p.m. ET) and "NBC Sunday Night Football" (8:15-11 p.m.) – the number one show of the fall – will return on Sundays, beginning September 13 with a classic match-up: the Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers.

Following is NBC's Fall 2009-10 premiere schedule (all times ET):

*New programs in UPPER CASE

7-8:15 p.m. – "Football Night in America"
8:15-11 p.m. – "NBC Sunday Night Football"

10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW" (Series Premiere)

8-10 p.m. – "The Biggest Loser"
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

8-8:30 p.m. - "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday"
8:30-9 p.m. - "Parks and Recreation"
9-9:30 p.m. – "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m. – "COMMUNITY" (series premiere – moves to Thursdays 8-8:30 p.m. on October 8; "30 Rock" returns October 15, 9:30-10 p.m.)
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

8-10 p.m. – "Heroes" (two hour premiere, then TRAUMA premieres 9-10 p.m. Monday, September 28)
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

8-9 p.m. – "PARENTHOOD" (Series Premiere)
9-10 p.m. – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

8-9 p.m. – "Law & Order"
9-10 p.m. – "Southland"
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

8-9 p.m. – "Dateline NBC"
9-10 p.m. – "TRAUMA" (encore broadcast)
10-11 p.m. – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (encore broadcast)
11:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. - "Saturday Night Live"

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