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Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Private Practice' returns for a new season.

September 30, 2009 | 10:30 pm

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LIFE OR DEATH: Pete (Tim Daly, left) rushes Violet (Amy Brenneman) to the hospital where Addison (Kate Walsh) fights to save her on the season premiere of "Private Practice" at 10 p.m. on ABC.


Biography: This new episode profiles "Green Day," a band formed in Rodeo, Calif., when the members were 14 years old (7 p.m. Biography).

The National Parks: America's Best Idea: The episode "Great Nature (1933-1945)" recalls when President Franklin Roosevelt ushered in a golden age for the park system, creating the Civilian Conservation Corps to battle unemployment during the Great Depression (8 p.m. KCET).

Parks and Recreation: As a judge in the Miss Pawnee Pageant, Leslie (Amy Poehler) disagrees with the other judges about what constitutes an ideal woman (8:30 p.m. NBC).

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Langston and Willows (Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger) focus their investigation on residents of an upscale neighborhood after a porn producer and a drug dealer are found dead in the area. George Eads, Jorja Fox, Paul Guilfoyle and Eric Szmanda also star in the new episode (9 p.m. CBS).

Grey's Anatomy: Izzie returns to work as Seattle Grace residents hope to avoid layoffs (9 p.m. ABC).

Community: Jeff signs up for a film class thinking it will be an easy A, but the professor (John Michael Higgins) has other ideas (9:30 p.m. NBC).

The Mentalist: As Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and the team investigate the murder of a state senator's intern, Jane (Simon Baker) concentrates on finding out what new information has been uncovered on the Red John case. Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman, Terry Kinney and Amanda Righetti also star in this new episode (10 p.m. CBS).

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: As NeNe distances herself from them, Kandi and Kim team up to finish recording "Tardy for the Party," then head for their joint birthday party, where Big Papa has a big surprise for Kim (10 p.m. Bravo).

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Mac and Dennis try to keep the bar afloat in the tough economic times in this new episode of the raunchy comedy (10 p.m. FX).

Speeders Fight Back: In the premiere of this new series a traffic defendant fights a ticket issued while he was on vacation in Mexico (10 p.m. TRU).


Discovery Atlas: Russia Revealed: This travelogue visits the nation once shrouded in myth and ambiguity and under a totalitarian regime that now has opened its borders to travelers and business (8 p.m. Discovery). "Discovery Atlas: South Africa Revealed" follows at 9 and "Discovery Atlas: Egypt Revealed" airs at 10.


Bound for Glory: David Carradine stars as singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie in director Hal Ashby's lyrical 1976 portrait of the folk icon and his dedication to exposing the plight of Depression-era workers (5 p.m. TCM).


Baseball: The Texas Rangers visit the Angels (3 p.m. FSN).

WNBA basketball: Finals, Game 2: The Indiana Fever visits the Phoenix Mercury (5 p.m. ESPN2).

Photo: Karen Neal / ABC