Arguably the most fun show on TV returns tonight with a new episode of "Burn Notice" (USA, 10 p.m.)
When we last left ex-spy Michael Westen (an uber-cool Jeffrey Donavan) he was getting blown up while being forced to work on a case for the people who kicked him out of the spy business in the first place, specifically Carla (Tricia Helfer).
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Now Michael is in a quandary: the people who tried to kill him are working against Carla's organization, so he wants their help. But at the same time, they DID try to kill him.
Fortunately, Michael's friends -- former IRA bomber Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and former SEAL Sam (Bruce Campbell) -- have his back.
Meanwhile, Michael's side business of helping the helpless is in overtime. Tonight, he must help a father of a sick boy get his money back after being taken for everything in a health-care scam. Not to spoil anything, but Michael and Sam are very un-Jack Bauer-like in their means of interrogating suspects.
Next week, Michael tries to protect a high school football phenom who has run afoul of local hoods.
Between Michael and Fiona's on-again, off-again relationship, Michael's voice-over explanations and the weekly guide on how to be a spy, every episode of "Burn Notice" makes for a good time. In the football episode for example, Michael teaches us the cheap way to make our cars bulletproof (well, cheap except for the glass; as Michael says, there are some areas you don't want to skimp on).
"Burn Notice" is an easy show to catch up with, and worth an hour of your time if you've never seen it before.
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: If "Burn Notice" isn't the most fun hour there is on TV, it's only because "Supernatural" (CW, 9 p.m.) retains that title. Tonight's episode is entitled "Criss Angel is a Douchebag." Need I say more? It follows a new "Smallville" that features the return of the Martian Manhunter.
Betty and Hilda are on the outs on "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 8 p.m.), while the staff debates about the fate of a killer on "Grey's Anatomy" at 9 p.m., which is followed by its spinoff, "Private Practice," at 10 p.m.
Langston (Laurence Fishburne) joins the "CSI" (CBS, 9 p.m.) team full-time as Grissom's replacement, while Hood (Rufus Sewell) tries to disprove a local spring can cure tumors on "Eleventh Hour" at 10 p.m.
Michael and Dwight go undercover at a rival company on "The Office," (NBC, 9 p.m.), highlighting a new night of NBC sitcoms that include "My Name Is Earl," "Kath & Kim" and "30 Rock" before a new "ER" at 10 p.m.
There are two new episodes of "Bones," (Fox, 8 and 9 p.m.) on its latest new night.
Finally, the new Patrick Swayze series "The Beast" (A&E, 10 p.m.) has its second episode.