Since Thursday is already a ridiculously crowded night of television, it seems really unlikely any new shows are going to be able to bully their way into the ratings. Especially if those shows suck…


“My Generation,” 8 P.M.

What Is It?: A drama, shot in mockumentary format, that follows up on a group of Austin twentysomethings ten years after their high school graduation.

Why To Watch: You fit the demographic.

Why To Turn the Channel: Your high school graduation was more than ten years ago. A lot more. Also: if there’s one thing worse than shaky-cam cinematography for no good reason, it’s shaky-cam cinematography because the whole thing is a mockumentary.


“$h*! My Dad Says,” 8:30 P.M.

What Is It?: A sitcom based on the funny Twitter feed, Shit My Dad Says, starring William Shatner as the dad. (“Shat, My Dad, Says…”)

Why To Watch: Because its existence gives hope to your pathetic dreams of gaining fame from YOUR Twitter feed.

Why To Turn the Channel: A funny Twitter concept does not instantly translate to TV gold, and early buzz about the show is baaaaad. And so is the trailer.


“Outsourced,” 9:30 P.M.

What Is It?: A comedy about the manager of a novelty company’s customer service call center who is forced to move to India when his entire department is outsourced.

Why To Watch: You find Indian culture hilarious, weird, and ripe for satire. And you’re already watching all the other NBC comedies on Thursday, so why not?

Why To Turn the Channel: If the show is racist, xenophobic, AND unfunny? Forget it.

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Rain Jokinen watches a lot of television and movies and then writes things about them on the Internet. She's a San Francisco native, and yeah, she'll rub that fact in your face any chance she gets.

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