MUST-SEE: Football, 8:30 p.m. ET, CBS and NFL Network.
weeks, CBS rests (or moves) its hit Thursday shows to make room for football.
That begins with two rivals that tied last season with 8-8 records. Pittsburgh
opened this season by edging Cleveland, 30-27; Baltimore lost to Cincinnati,
and Phil Simms will be in the booth, with Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines. James
Brown hosts a pre-game at 7:30 p.m. on CBS, with the NFL Network airing pre-pregame
(6 p.m.) and post-game shows. The latter two are hosted by Rich Eisen, with
Michael Irvin and more.
MIGHT-SEE: “The Biggest Loser” season-opener, 8-10 p.m., NBC.
current pros collide on CBS, two former ones have a new battle. As a
quarterback, Scott Mitchell was 6-foot-6, 240 pounds; 13 years after retiring,
he weighs 366. As a lineman, Damien Woody was 6-3, 327; just four years after
retiring, he’s at 388.
“Loser,” which this year adds a sports emphasis. It includes a former WNBA
player, an Olympic softball gold-medalist and former high school and college
ALTERNATIVE: “You’re the Worst,” 10:30 p.m., FX.
these characters at their worst: Jimmy was thrown out of his ex-girlfriend’s
wedding … where Gretchen was stealing a gift. But what were they like before
episode spans almost three years. Starting with his failed attempt at real
romance and her reluctance to be a grown-up, it ripples with dark humor,
Quest” finale, 8-10 p.m., ABC. Actors and special effects have linked to give
12 contestants the ultimate role-playing experience. Now only four remain –
Andrew Frazer, 25, a personal trainer; Shondo Blades, 30, a mixed-martial-arts
fighter; Lina Carollo, 27, a school counselor; and Patrick Higgins, 40, a high
school math teacher. They must escape and save the queen.
season-opener, 8 p.m., Syfy. Last season was dizzying for viewers and splendid
for Emily Rose. She started as Lexie, a vibrant bartender … returned to being Audrey,
a tough cop … then was nasty Mara, the original version of someone who keeps returning
in new personas. Now Mara seethes; it’s fine work in an OK episode, two hours
earlier than first scheduled.
9 p.m., Fox. In a rerun of the season-finale, a conspiracy blogger is killed
shortly before he could tell something to Booth.
Guide to Parenting,” 9:30 p.m., Bravo. In the season’s second-to-last hour, we
meet one woman who has raised her teen twins through hypnosis and another who
feels her young daughter should know everything about sexuality.
10 p.m., FX. Here’s another milestone for Russ and Lina, maybe the last chance
to trick-or-treat with their eldest daughter. Meanwhile, their relationship
droops and his friend needs to be hauled to rehab. It’s a bleak episode, with
some good moments near the end.