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Watch this: TV week of Sept. 9

TODAY

SERIES PREMIERE The Million Second Quiz, 8 p.m., NBC

Can NBC turn this new live trivia game show into an event big enough to draw viewers? We think so. Here's why:

The setting: The game takes place in a giant hourglass structure built right smack in the middle of midtown Manhattan. Who can resist that?

There's an app: The quiz show airs for an hour each night over 10 consecutive nights, but the game runs 24 hours a day for 12 days (or about one million seconds, natch), meaning viewers can watch contestants all hours of the day and play along on a mobile app. Great, one more thing to obsessively check on our phones while we should be interacting with other humans.

The Seacrest factor: If we'll watch Ryan Seacrest host a lame singing competition, we'll watch him in anything. Does the guy ever fail?

TUESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Sons of Anarchy, 10 p.m., FX

In the Season 6 premiere, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) tries pushing the motorcycle club into more legitimate endeavors and a horrific event threatens the club. Now the real reason to watch: So you can start picturing Hunnam as the newly cast as Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey.

WEDNESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE The X Factor, 8 p.m., Fox

Let's face it, The X Factor has never really had the x-factor. The show's biggest problem? Its judges: Simon Cowell's bad boy Brit act is getting seriously old, and even Britney Spears couldn't inject some much-needed star power during her stint last season. Maybe this year's combination will do the trick: Cowell and Demi Lovato are joined by two new judges, Destiny's Child alum Kelly Rowland and Mexican singer Paulina Rubio. And the show has dropped its Kardashian dead weight; Mario Lopez flies solo as host this season.

THURSDAY

CBS Fall Preview, 8:30 p.m., CBS

It's a gimmick to drum up hype for their new series starting in just a couple of weeks, but we'll play along. True to CBS form, their slate includes a crime drama and lots of broad comedies. The one we're most looking forward to? The Crazy Ones, a comedy set in an ad agency starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams as her dad. The previews show Robin Williams at his most Robin Williams-y. Wait, is that good or bad? That's what we can't wait to find out.

FRIDAY

Undercover Boss, 8 p.m., CBS

Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon Inc., poses as an ordinary worker to gain a new appreciation for how hard her people work. Like being forced to smell Cinnabons all day without stuffing them in your mouth. Cruel.

By Michelle Stark, Times staff writer

Watch this: TV week of Sept. 9 09/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 6, 2013 4:23pm]

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