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New fall TV shows for Thursdays

My Generation, debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday on ABC

It could have been a great real-life documentary: filming nine people in high school, revisiting them 10 years later to see where they landed. But as a scripted show, the concept needs at least one likable face. And this motley crew — from the failed golden boy to the lazy record producer and the nerd taking care of the jock's pregnant wife while he's fighting overseas — manages not one among a fresh-faced multitude in Austin, Texas.

TiVo or Ti-NO? Was your 10-year high school reunion mostly a collection of uncomfortable exchanges with forgettable people? If so, then Ti-NO.

$#*! My Dad Says, premieres at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on CBS

It's a bad sign when the first thing CBS did after buying rights to a Twitter page and bestselling book is fudge the first word in its name. But it's also a perfect metaphor for how the rules of network TV guaranteed the subversive spirit of Justin Halpern's Twitter page about his profane, prophetic 70-something father would be mainstreamed into a pasty goo of sitcom cliches. In other words, turned to $#*!

TiVo or Ti-NO? William Shatner's unique bluster is the only hope for keeping the most original page on Twitter from becoming the most conventional sitcom on TV. Ti-NO.

Nikita, debuted at 9 p.m. Sept. 9 on the CW

Action babe Maggie Q is mesmerizing as Nikita, a street kid turned trained government assassin now working to take down her former handlers. Slick, sexy and substantial, it marks the third and best reinvention of the classic French film La Femme Nikita, proving persistence occasionally pays off in Hollywood.

TiVo or Ti-NO? The scene where a bikini-clad Nikita snaps a man's neck and fights her way out of a pool party is a fanboy's delight — and worth a TiVo by itself.

Outsourced, debuts at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on NBC

Jokes about living in crushing poverty, worshiping cattle and having funny-sounding names are standard fare for this silly sitcom about a white American pushed into running a customer care center in India. Calling this trifle offensive almost seems to give it too much credit. Like a fly buzzing in your ear, it's an off-putting annoyance that should end soon.

TiVo or Ti-NO? Talk about bad comedic timing: Viewers who aren't offended by the Indian jokes will probably hate seeing a comedy about outsourcing jobs in the worst recession since the Great Depression. Ti-NO.

New fall TV shows for Thursdays 09/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 17, 2010 6:12pm]
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