Tonight’s TV Addictions: September 17, 2009


We watch for the Sam and Dianne will they or won’t they dynamic, and it seems ever so closer to being realized in the season premiere: six weeks after his injury, Booth (David Boreanaz) is starting to realize his feelings for Brennan (Emily Deschanel) – except, ah, a catch, one involving guest star Cyndi Lauper as a psychic and a clown. Hey, it’s progress, right? Grade: B — Aleks Chan

FRINGE (9PM FOX, ‘A’ in Canada)
We last saw FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, who’s like a Jennifer Garner-Elizabeth Mitchell hybrid), she was gazing out of a still-standing World Trade Center in an alternate universe. We next see her hurling out the front windshield of her SUV. Not a lot of explanation in the premiere (which is mostly the producers setting the stage for the season), but its back in the same focused state of mind we left it in, and it only makes the tricky season ahead seem that much more promising. Grade: B+ — Aleks Chan

COMMUNITY (9:30PM NBC, CityTV in Canada)
Joel McHale, Chevy Chase and THE DAILY SHOW’s John Oliver are just a few of the reasons why we can’t wait for school to start at the fictional Community College of Greendale. Other reasons include the brains behind COMMUNITY — who are none other than Dan Harmon (THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM) and directors Joe and Anthony Russo (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) — all of whom not only get an ‘A’ for effort, but a ‘B’ for big laughs. Thanks in no small part to the hilarious group of underachieving students and faculty that they have assembled which McHale, Chase and Oliver aside feature two of the fall’s guaranteed break-out stars: The pop-culture obsessed Abed (played by the new ‘Jack McBrayer’, Danny Puddy) and The Hangover’s Ken Jeong, who recently signed on to play faculty member Professor Sénor Chang. If only Community College was this funny in real life.

The gang from Paddy’s Pub are back for another season of debauchery, exploitation, and vulgarity. Tonight’s premiere is wonderfully topical: Frank (Danny DeVito, who I can’t tell if he is loving this or going crazy) buys a house in foreclosure…with the family still living in it. As always, the comedic approach is comparable to throwing things against the wall to see what sticks: when it works, it kills; when it doesn’t, it’s painful. Grade: B- — Aleks Chan

  • bws

    TVA, have you seen all of these episodes tonight already? I’m really excited for “Sunny.” I caught up on every episode this summer and will be watching live for the first time tonight. My favorite comedy on TV.

    Also… new Office tonight!

  • Ace

    SO excited about TV tonight. Fall is definitely the best season. The evil 90 degree weather is leaving us, summer tourists are headed back home, and my DVR has work to do!

  • bws

    I consider tonight the premier of the fall season. It’s really the first big night! The last couple weeks have just been a taste of mostly sh*tty CW shows. But tonight! We get our EW cover story returning!

  • Hil

    The Fall TV season starts tonight. Finally.

  • Ace

    I told my husband last night that this is like the start of football season for me ;-).

  • Yay!!! Bones is back!!! Fringe is back!!!

    I’m psyqued! :p

  • SimplyKimberly

    Tonight I turn on my tv for the first time since the LOST Season 5 finale. Thursday on FOX is the only night I will watch tv live instead of catching it later online.

    BONES had me the moment they cast DB as Booth. It became so much more when I got to know him and Brennan and Angela and Zach and Hodges.

    FRINGE took a while to even watch. It was a FOX show and we all know what usually happens to sci fi shows on FOX. I waited and saw the reaction of all the bloggers, whose tastes in shows I respect, so I made a point to watch all of Season 1 over the summer. WOW! It was that darned good. For my money, FRINGE >>>> X FIles ever hoped to be. I am hopelessly hooked.

  • I should also mention that I’m of course incredibly excited for PARKS AND RECREATION and THE OFFICE, but have yet to see them since *cough*cough* NBC clearly lost my screeners in the mail *cough*

  • Yes, I *would* have reviewed Community…if NBC hadn’t,uh, lost my screeners too.