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Remote Control: “Gossip Girl!” “The Beautiful Life!” “Bored To Death!” And More Must-See TV

While most of the major networks are waiting until late September to roll out their big gun shows, this week the CW is continuing their mission to permanently invade your brain by whipping out premiere after premiere. In addition to the launch of “The Beautiful Life” and the season three re-boot of “Gossip Girl,” they’ve already got us hooked on “Melrose Place” and “The Vampire Diaries.” Can’t they give us one night with out a trashtastically amazing show? Oh, but there’s some other good stuff out there this week, too. “Parks and Recreation” is back, and we think this season it will actually get funny. Joel McHale of “The Soup” finally gets his own series. And HBO has a new one for you starring (swoon) Jason Schwartzman.


The Show: “Gossip Girl
Set Your DVR For: Tonight, 9 p.m. (EST), CW
“Gossip Girl” is back and ready to attack! Now, I think we all know that this a very precarious season for the show—it’s hard to even count the number of high school TV shows that lost their luster once the characters packed up and headed to college. Let’s hope that isn’t the case here. In this episode, the Humphreys go to the Hamptons, Serena and Nate end their respective summer flings, Blaire and Chuck deal with the drudgery of being a couple, and it turns out that Serena’s roommate at NYU will be Georgina.




The Show: “The Beautiful Life”
Set Your DVR For: Wednesday, 9 p.m. (EST), CW
It may be yet another model show, but this Ashton Kutcher-produced series promises to be a pretty dope one. In her return to television, Mischa Barton plays a washed-up, so-last-year model who faces off with her agency’s hot, young, new thang. Elle Macpherson tries to prove she can act as the head of a modeling agency which conveniently represents hot dudes in addition to women.




The Show: “Community”
Set Your DVR For: Thursday, 9 p.m. (EST), CW
We’ve always had a bit of a crush on Joel McHale, whom you know as the funny guy from “The Soup.” Now, he’s getting his own comedy where he plays a lawyer whose college degree is revoked, sending him back to community college with a motley crew of classmates. Everything about this show seems right—the casting, the music, the trailer that actually made us laugh. We’re expecting “The Office” goes college.




The Show: “Parks and Recreation”
Set Your DVR For: Thursday, 8:30 p.m. (EST), NBC
Amy Poehler is funny. Really funny. So even though the first mini-season of this show about a clueless parks and recreation department wasn’t amazing, we’re seriously hoping that she can pull it out and make “Parks and Recreation” hilarious. Maybe some day it’ll be the heir to “30 Rock”?




The Show: “Bored To Death”
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 9:30 p.m. (EST), HBO
We were very sad when Jason Schwartzman officially went off the market a few months ago. Luckily, he has a new show to make up for it. In “Bored to Death,” he plays a writer who’s read so many detective books that he starts a second career solving crimes, with the help of sidekicks Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis of “The Hangover.” Yeah, we’re sold, too.

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