NBC's Cavalcade of Non-Leno Comedy


If you like the premise of a quirky community college study group made up of a suspended lawyer (Joel McHale), an old man that wears vests (Chevy Chase), and get this, an Asian guy that teaches Spanish (Ken Jeong as Señor Chang), then sidle up for NBC's premiere of Community tonight. Even if post-SNL Chevy Chase doesn't get your remote's pulse running, there is something for every television taste tonight, with premieres of The Office, Bones, Survivor: Samoa, Paula Abdul-hosted VH1: Divas and more!

Community [9:30 PM, NBC]

Are a pair of transitions lenses the key to Chevy Chase's television comeback? Probably not, but Joel McHale's inclusion in tonight's pilot is enough reason to give it five minutes. The comedy centers around a few oddball students attending a Colorado community college. Dingy study rooms and jokes about the unknowingly ambitious types who find themselves in night school are bound to ensue.

Bones [8 PM, Fox]

Cyndi Lauper guest stars as a psychic who suggests to Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) that there are bodies buried under a Washington, D.C. fountain, in tonight's season premiere. Now might be a good time to start watching since there is buzz that Zooey Deschanel might guest-star this fall. At 9 PM, Fringe premieres its second season with a congressional investigation into the Fringe division.

Survivor: Samoa [8 PM, CBS]

The 19th iteration of the series starts tonight with 20 castaways being dumped on the South Pacific island nation of Samoa. The group will immediately be separated into two tribes and select their chiefs. Later, one person will be voted out of the game at the tribal council.

Parks and Recreation / The Office [8:30 PM/9 PM, NBC]

Leslie (Amy Poehler) tries to attract publicity to the Pawnee Zoo by coordinating a penguin wedding that only creates more chaos for her when it is revealed that both penguins are male. Afterwards, The Office kicks off its sixth season when the Dunder-Mifflin staff spreads rumors about the summer interns. Michael (Steve Carell) tries to top the gossip by creating his own big rumor.

VH1 Divas [9 PM, VH1]

The network revives their estrogen-heavy performance series with tonight's live, Paula Abdul-hosted VH1 Save the Music Foundation fund-raiser. Performers include Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper and Martina McBride. The two-hour show will include presenters Kathy Griffin, Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad and Toni Braxton.


It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia [10 PM, FX]

In the season five opener, Frank (Danny DeVito), Mac (Rob McElhenney) and Dennis (Glenn Howerton) take advantage of the real estate market. Dee agrees to be a surrogate mother for a rich couple and Charlie (Charlie Day) confronts a lawyer over the finer details of the judicial system. No word yet on whether they'll be practicing their stage routine tonight's show.

Daily Show With Jon Stewart [11 PM, Comedy Central]

Guest: Bill Clinton. The former president stops by tonight to discuss his Clinton Global Initiative. This will mark his fifth appearance on Stewart's program.

Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien 11:35 PM, NBC]

Guests: Megan Fox, Louis CK, America's Got Talent winner Kevin Skinner

Sick of watching Jay Leno lob unfunny softballs at his celebrity guests via video? Tune in for the Tonight Show to see Conan interview movie stars the old-fashioned way, in person. Megan Fox is sure to offer up some kind of double entendre sound-bite or the latest Michael Bay slam in their war of the words.