For some reason, ABC tries every year to do a series based around Generation Y members.
It's usually some show about the good-looking folks who get back together several years after high school or college and whine about their lives.
"My Generation" (ABC, 8 p.m.) is the latest entry in the mix. Tracking the lives of a group of Austin, Texas high school graduates from 2000 to now, the show uses a faux documentary style to tell multiple stories about each high school stereotype -- the jock, the nerd, the rich kid, etc.
It's not a terrible show, but the characters aren't all that fleshed out and there are so many of them that it's hard to keep track. Still, the soap opera aspect to the show my fit well with the "Grey's Anatomy" crowd that tunes in at 9 p.m.
Also new tonight are a pair of sitcoms, "(Bleep)" My Dad Says" (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) and "Outsourced" (NBC, 9:30 p.m.) Neither are very good. The former is a boilerplate sitcom with few funny lines while the latter is an "Office" clone that falls well short of that standard.
'IDOL' JUDGES: "American Idol" introduced Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez as its new judges, joining lone holdover Randy Jackson for the new season.
While I can see J-Lo filling the Paula Abdul role adequately (and better than Ellen DeGeneres), the goofy Tyler will no way be able to replace Simon Cowell. (Indeed, no one can).
Getting two high-profile music stars will likely maintain the show's ratings in the short-term, but "AI" could start to sink fast after the initial honeymoon phase ends.
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: "Grey's" and "Private Practice debut their seasons on ABC, beginning at 9 p.m., while Fox kicks off the new seasons of "Bones" and "Fringe," which is coming off last year's killer set of twists from the alternate universe.
NBC's regular comedy lineup of "Community," "30 Rock" (in a new timeslot) and "The Office" return, followed by a new "Apprentice."
CBS moves popular sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" to Thursday to join with "(Bleep)" which could hurt that series given "(Bleep)'s" seemingly limited shelf life. It's followed by the season premieres of "CSI" and "The Mentalist."
The CW has new episodes of "Vampire Diaries" and "Nikita" from 8-10 p.m.
On cable, there are new episodes of "It's Always Sunny" and "The League."
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