Thursday's TV Highlights: 'The Big Bang Theory' on CBS
Community: The study group reassembles after summer break and wonders whether Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase) will be back. John Goodman joins the cast (8 p.m. NBC).
Charlie's Angels: Three women work as secret operatives for an anonymous mastermind under the guidance of a guy named Bosley. Sound familiar? In this reboot, Bosley is a sexy computer genius and the “Angels” (Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor) are street-wise bad girls (8 p.m. ABC).
Parks and Recreation: Leslie (Amy Poehler) is faced with a painful choice: Either have a life with Ben (Adam Scott) or pursue her dream of running for office. Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Rob Lowe and guest star Patricia Clarkson also star in the season premiere (8:30 p.m. NBC).
Person of Interest: In this new 9/11-based crime drama Michael Emerson plays a computer scientist who created a complex computerized tracking system that uses street-corner surveillance cameras and pattern-predicting software to determine the next person involved in a violent crime (9 p.m. CBS).
Grey's Anatomy: As a new season opens, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) realizes the consequences of her interference in Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) Alzheimer's trial, and turns to Cristina (Sandra Oh) as her professional and personal lives suffer the effects (9 p.m. ABC).
The Mentalist: The fourth season opens with Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) in prison for killing Red John (guest star Bradley Whitford) and confronted with a serious problem: How can he prove the guy he shot really was the serial killer, and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) urges the troubled Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) to get some counseling following the death of Detective O'Loughlin, her fiance (10 p.m. CBS).
Prime Suspect: Maria Bello stars in this new crime drama — based on the British series starring Helen Mirren — as a homicide detective promoted to run the squad (10 p.m. NBC).
Baseball: The Angels visit the Toronto Blue Jays (4 p.m.
FSN); the San Francisco Giants visit the Dodgers (7 p.m. FS Prime).
Women's soccer: United States vs. Canada (8 p.m. ESPN2).
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