This Week on TV – 8/31/08-9/6/08

Welcome to a new week of TV! This is a great week, as we have season & series premieres almost all week! 90210, Gossip Girl & One Tree Hill on the CW, Prison Break on FOX, The Shield on FX & many more! So read, schedule your DVRs and sit back and enjoy the ride. 😀 Jump with me to see this week’s schedule!


Sunday features all new episodes of 8 shows, including Big Brother on CBS at 8/7c and Mad Men on AMC at 10/9c and the relatively new show, Skins on BBC America at 9/8c.

Also on tonight:

  • *New*Big Brother – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Brooke Knows Best – VH1 @ 10/9c
  • *New*Ice Road Truckers – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*I Love Money – VH1 @ 9/8c
  • *New*Mad Men – AMC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Pam: Girl on the Loose – E! @ 10/9c
  • *New*Skins – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *New*Sunset Tan – E! @ 10:30/9:30c


Monday is the season finale (most likely series finale) of The Middleman on ABC Family at 10/9c.

Tonight is the first night of the Fall season! On the CW, you get the premieres of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill, starting at 8/7c. And on FOX, it’s the 2-hour season premiere of Prison Break, starting at 8/7c.

Also tonight is the series premiere of Raising the Bar on TNT at 10/9c. The series follows the lives and cases of young lawyers who have been friends since law school but now work on opposing sides. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack on Saved By the Bell & NYPD Blue) stars as an idealistic public defender who will stop at nothing to help those who cannot help themselves. Gloria Reuben (ER) plays his passionate and protective boss. Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) plays the imperious judge who hears their cases. The series also stars Teddy Sears (Ugly Betty), Melissa Sagemiller (Sleeper Cell), Currie Graham (Boston Legal), J. August Richards (Angel & Conviction) and Jonathan Scarfe (Into the West).

Finally, tonight is the first night of the Republican National Convention on ABC, CBS & NBC at 10/9c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*The Middleman – ABC Family @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Raising the Bar – TNT @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*Gossip Girl – CW @ 8/7c
  • *Season Premiere*One Tree Hill – CW @ 9/8c
  • *Season Premiere*Prison Break – FOX @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Special*The Republican National Convention – ABC, CBS & NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*America’s Toughest Jobs – NBC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Charlie Jade – SciFi @ 3AM/2AMc (Monday night/Tuesday morning)
  • *New*Date My Ex – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Deal or No Deal – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*High School Musical – ABC @ 8/7c
  • *New*I Want to Work for Diddy – VH1 @ 9/8c
  • *New*Intervention – A&E @ 9/8c
  • *New*Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein – Discovery @ 10/9c
  • *New*Jon & Kate Plus 8 – TLC @ 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Luke’s Parental Advisory – VH1 @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*My Super Sweet 16 Presents: Exiled – MTV @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*New York Goes to Hollywood – VH1 @ 10/9c
  • *New*Pam: Girl on the Loose – E! @ 10/9c (Special Night)
  • *New*Paranormal State – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *New*Sunset Tan – E! @ 10:30/9:30c (Special Night)
  • *New*The Closer – TNT @ 9/8
  • *New*The Hills – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Top Gear – BBC America @ 8/7c


Tuesday has a few more premieres. First up is the only season premiere, The Shield on FX at 10/9c.

As for series premieres, if you’ve been living under a rock, then you may not know it but tonight is the 2-hour series premiere of 90210 (the spinoff 😉 ) on the CW at 8/7c. An edgy, contemporary spin-off of the iconic drama “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the new 90210 looks at life through the eyes of Annie Mills (Shenae Grimes) and her brother Dixon (Tristan Wilds), whose first day at West Beverly Hills High School leaves no doubt they’re not in Kansas anymore. The Mills family, including dad Harry (Rob Estes) and mom Debbie (Lori Loughlin), has relocated to Beverly Hills to keep an eye on Harry’s mother Tabitha (Jessica Walter), a feisty-but-faded former television star and a charter member of the Betty Ford Clinic. For Annie and Dixon, the awkwardness of being the new kids is made worse by the fact that their dad has taken a job as the high school principal. The school is one big culture shock for Annie, a sweet and friendly girl with a passion for the theater, and Dixon, a star athlete and scholar who was adopted by the Mills family after they took him in as a foster child. Annie and Dixon have a close sibling relationship, which they’ll need to help them cope with all the new cliques and classmates, including Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord), a hot, spoiled, rich girl; Ethan (Dustin Milligan), a popular jock whose abilities rival Dixon’s; Navid (Michael Steger), an aspiring reporter who heads up the school’s daily newscast; and Silver (Jessica Stroup), a rebel who produces and stars in a YouTube-type video series. Even the faculty seems hip and sophisticated at WBHHS, such as smart and funny teacher Ryan Matthews (Ryan Eggold) and beautiful guidance counselor Kelly Taylor (guest star Jennie Garth). The Mills family has just begun to realize how much their lives are about to change.

Tonight is also the season finale (most likely series finale?) of Wanna Bet? on ABC at 9:02/8:02c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Wanna Bet? – ABC @ 9:02/8:02c
  • *Series Premiere*90210 – CW @ 8/7c (2-Hour Series Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*The Shield – FX @ 10/9c
  • *Special*The Republican National Convention – ABC, CBS & NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*America’s Got Talent – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Big Brother – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *New*Evolve – History Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*From G’s to Gents – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*General Hospital: Night Shift – SoapNet @ 11/10c
  • *New*Greek – ABC Family @ 9/8c
  • *New*How to Look Good Naked – Lifetime @ 10/9c
  • *New*Making the Band – MTV @ 9/8c
  • *New*Million Dollar Listing – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Smash Lab – Discovery @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Cleaner – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency – Oxygen @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Secret Life of the American Teenager – ABC Family @ 8/7c


Wednesday is the season finale of Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Dallas Cowboys on HBO at 10/9c.

Tonight is the series premiere of Sons of Anarchy on FX at 10/9c. This adrenalized, darkly humorous drama exploring a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s intent on protecting their simple, sheltered town of Charming, Calif. from advancing drug dealers and local corporate developers. It is also a family saga seen through the eyes of Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) whose love for the brotherhood comes into direct conflict with his growing apprehension regarding the club’s lawlessness. Katey Sagal stars as his force-of-nature mother who, along with the club’s president, Jax’s stepfather, has her own ideas about the direction of the Sons of Anarchy.

Finally, tonight is the season premieres of America’s Next Top Model on the CW and Bones on FOX, both 2 hours and starting at 8/7c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Dallas Cowboys – HBO @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Sons of Anarchy – FX @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*America’s Next Top Model – CW @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*Bones – FOX @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Special*The Republican National Convention – ABC, CBS & NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*America’s Got Talent – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *New*Buzzin’ – MTV @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Criss Angel: Mindfreak – A&E @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Destination Truth – SciFi @ 10/9c (Fall Premiere)
  • *New*Dog the Bounty Hunter – A&E @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*Ghost Hunters – SciFi @ 9/8c (Fall Premiere)
  • *New*Greatest American Dog – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Jurassic Fight Club – History Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil – Comedy Central @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Man vs Wild – Discovery @ 10/9c
  • *New*Mythbusters – Discovery @ 9/8c
  • *New*Nextworld – Discovery @ 8/7c
  • *New*Project Runway – Bravo @ 9/8c
  • *New*Run’s House – MTV @ 10/9c


Thursday is the season finale of The Gong Show with Dave Attell and Reality Bites Back on Comedy Central, at 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c.

Tonight is also the 2-hour season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares on FOX at 8/7c and the start of the season for Sunday Night Football on NBC at 7/6c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Reality Bites Back – Comedy Central @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *Season Finale*The Gong Show with Dave Attell – Comedy Central @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*Kitchen Nightmares – FOX @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Sports*Sunday Night Football: Washington Redskins at New York Giant – NBC @ 7/6c
  • *Special*The Republican National Convention – ABC, CBS & NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Big Brother – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Destroyed in Seconds – Discovery @ 9/8c
  • *New*Dragons’ Den – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *New*Glam God with Vivica A. Fox – VH1 @ 10/9c
  • *New*Jacked: Auto Theft Task Force – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *New*Some Assembly Required – Discovery @ 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Tabatha’s Salon Takeover – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Cho Show – VH1 @ 11/10c
  • *New*The Principal’s Office – TruTV @ 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c (2 New Episodes)


Friday is the season finale of Swingtown on CBS at 10/9c.

Tonight is also the CBS Fall Preview show on CBS at 9/8c and the 1-hour special: Stand Up to Cancer on ABC, CBS & NBC at 8/7c. Jennifer Aniston, Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong, Josh Brolin, Katie Couric, Fran Drescher, Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Edwards, America Ferrara, Charles Gibson, Neil Patrick Harris, Robin Roberts, Brian Williams and others support cancer research. I believe that American Idol winner, David Cook, will be on as well! w00t.

Finally, tonight is the first 2 hours of the 3-night/6-hour miniseries, Samurai Girl on ABC Family at 8/7c & 9/8c. It tells the story of a 19-year old Japanese girl named Heaven, who discovers that the wealthy businessman who adopted her as an infant is really the head of the Yakuza (the Japanese mafia) and may have had her beloved brother brutally murdered. She breaks from her family and begins training to become a samurai, and with the help of a group of new American friends, sets out to take down her father’s evil empire. The ensemble cast includes Jamie Chung, Brendan Fehr, Saige Thompson, Kyle Labine, Anthony Brandon Wong, Steven Brand and Kenneth Choi.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Swingtown – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *Special*CBS Fall Preview – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *Sports*NFL Kickoff Show – NBC @ 9/8c
  • *Special*Samurai Girl – ABC Family @ 8/7c & 9/8c (1st of 3 Nights)
  • *Special*Stand Up to Cancer – ABC, CBS & NBC @ 8/7c (1-Hour Special)
  • *New*Country Fried Home Videos – CMT @ 9/8c
  • *New*Discovery Project Earth – Discovery @ 9/8c & 10/9c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Gone Country – CMT @ 8/7c
  • *New*Grizzly Man Diaries – Animal Planet @ 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Monk – USA @ 9/8c
  • *New*Outsider’s Inn – CMT @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Psych – USA @ 10/9c
  • *New*Real Time with Bill Maher – HBO @ 11/10c
  • *New*Rock the Reception – TLC @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Say Yes to the Dress – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Stargate: Atlantis – SciFi @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Soup – E! @ 10/9c
  • *New*What Not To Wear – TLC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Who Are You Wearing – TLC @ 7/6c


Saturday is the 2nd 2 hours of the 3-night/6-hour mini-series, Samurai Girl on ABC Family at 8/7c & 9/8c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Special*Samurai Girl – ABC Family @ 8/7c & 9/8c (2nd of 3 Nights)
  • *New*Hope for Your Home – TLC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Must Love Kids – TLC @ 12PM/11AMc
  • *New*Primeval – BBC America @ 9/8c

Have a great week everyone! Enjoy all the premieres and get your scheduling fingers ready because the Fall season has begun!

— Jenny

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2 Responses to This Week on TV – 8/31/08-9/6/08

  1. Samantha says:

    is saturday just a repeat of the samurai girl? or is it the 2nd night?

    so excited that OTH and GG is back 😀

    and ive never really watched 90210 but im excited for that as well.

    and of course im loving the hills and mtb4 🙂

  2. Jenny says:

    Oh! Sorry, it’s the 2nd night of 2 new hours. Not a repeat. I edited it. 🙂