TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Season-openers of
“Project Runway” (9-10:30 p.m., Lifetime) and “Jersey Shore”
(10 p.m., MTV, repeats at 11).
As summer sags, two high-profile shows
return. One has a testosterone overload; the other doesn't.
The former is “Jersey Shore,” with
eight young people who have large, tanned torsos and larger
personalities. This year, they all go to Miami – which isn't
Jersey, but does have a shore. To get you in the mood, the first
season reruns from 1-10 p.m.
The latter is “Project Runway,”
expanding to 90 minutes this season. The fashion designers – nine
men and eight women – are in their 20s and 30s ... except for Peach
Yes, there's someone named Peach;
others include Ivy, Mondo and Casanova. It's a flashy business.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “So You Think
You Can Dance,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Due to last week's indecision, two
people will be sent home; that's one-third of a talented bunch.
While we're waiting for the decision,
there will be performances by dancers from “Step Up 3D” – the
movie produced by Adam Shankman, one of the show's judges – and by
Christian TV. That's the stage name for Christian Berishaj, 24, the
Detroit singer whose “When She Turns 18” has brought a buzz.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Boston Med,”
10 p.m., ABC.
Michael Cyr seemed problem-free at
birth. Within an hour, however, a heart-lung crisis was discovered;
he was rushed to another hospital and then another – his third in
There, a rarity happened – a mistake
by a top surgeon in a top hospital. It's an involving story that
follows good people in an awful situation.
Other choices include:
– “Big Brother,” 8 p.m., CBS.
It's time for the third elimination.
– “Wipeout,” 8 p.m., ABC. This
rerun has couples competing.
– “Rock Rock Rock!” (8 p.m.) and
“Rock Around the Clock” (10 p.m.), both 1956, Turner Classic
Movies. On previous Thursdays, TCM included some well-made teen
films; now come some cheapies with simple plots. The first has a
13-year-old Tuesday Weld, her singing voice dubbed by Connie Francis.
The second at least offers some classics of early in the rock era,
including “Only You,” “Great Pretender,” “Rock Around the
Clock” and “See You Later, Alligator.”
– “Rookie Blue,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Friends warned Andy about a relationship with Luke, a police
detective; now she disputes his treatment of a witness. Also, a
traffic death may not have been an accident.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
9 p.m., CBS. Rascal Flatts, the country group, guests in this rerun.
A guitarist is electrocuted at its concert.
– “Burn Notice,” 9 p.m., USA.
When a job goes bad, the guys must rescue Fiona.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
In a rerun of the season-opener, Patrick Jane is stunned when the
search for Red John, his wife's killer, is assigned to a new team,
headed by tough agent Sam Bosco.
– “Raising Sextuplets,” 10 p.m.,
WE. Against all logic (see reruns at 8 and 9 p.m.), the Masches moved
to Florida. That severed their support system – four parents, plus
friends – in raising the six 2-year-olds. Now, as her mom returns
home after helping temporarily, we see how bleak things are: Jenny is
still waiting for her job to begin and Bryan's financial-consultant
business might not make any money.