USA’s new Thursday lineup kicks off the week’s premieres
This week’s five new shows come from just three networks, with USA unveiling it’s all-new Thursday night lineup and FX debuting two new comedies in the 10 p.m. hour the same day. Lifetime rounds out the group with a new drama on Sundays. Here’s a look:
“Rush,” 9 p.m. Thursday, USA
“Rush” sounds a little like “Royal Pains” crossed with “House,” but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you dig either of those shows.
Like “Royal Pains,” the title character in “Rush,” played by British actor Tom Ellis, lost his hospital job because of a decision he made and then became a freelancer, though instead of a concierge doctor, he’s a “medical fixer,” charging hefty, cash-only fees to clean up medical messes that Los Angeles’ elite would rather the world not know about. Like “House,” he’s no squeaky-clean professional; he’s a pill-popping partier whose own life is a mess. That behavior may change, though, when an old flame (Odette Annable, “Cloverfield”) reappears in his life.
“Satisfaction,” 10 p.m. Thursday, USA
“Satisfaction” is USA’s steamiest drama yet; it’s all about sex and desire — for love, excitement, fulfillment, meaning and feeling alive.
In it, Neil (Matt Passmore, “The Glades”) and Grace (Stephanie Szostak, “Iron Man 3”) are in a stagnant marriage, unsatisfied with their relationship despite seemingly having it all. When Neil discovers Grace has been hiring a male escort (Blair Redford, “Switched at Birth”), he becomes one himself to try to understand his wife’s motivation.
“Married,” 10 p.m. Thursday, FX
Despite spinning off FXX in September, which focuses primarily on comedy, FX is keeping its two newest sitcoms to itself. First up is “Married,” which follows a long-time married couple relying on their bond to get them through the pitfalls of parenthood. Nat Faxon (“Ben and Kate”) and Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30”) star with Jenny Slate (“Saturday Night Live”) and Brett Gelman (“Go On”) co-starring.
“You’re the Worst,” 10:30 p.m. Thursday, FX
On the other end of the relationship spectrum from “Married,” this sitcom follows two anti-relationship thirtysomethings with toxic personalities — a self-involved writer and a self-destructive beauty — as they fall in love and attempt a relationship. It stars English actor Chris Geere and Aya Cash, who played Leonardo DiCaprio’s assistant in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
“The Lottery,” 10 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime
Lifetime goes a little darker than usual with its latest drama, a medical thriller set in a post-apocalyptic future where women have mysteriously stopped having children. With humanity facing extinction, a doctor (Marley Shelton, “Eleventh Hour”) and her team miraculously fertilize 100 embryos. The government, led by the U.S. Fertility Commission director (Martin Donovan, “Weeds”), intervenes, seizing control of the lab, holding a national lottery to determine the surrogates and setting off a battle for control over the embryos.
Series premieres: “Untold with Maria Menounos,” 8 p.m. Thursday, E! (pop culture and celebrity news); “Dating Naked,” 9 p.m. Thursday, VH1 (nude dating on a remote island); “#CandidlyNicole,” 10 p.m. Thursday, VH1 (Nicole Richie’s life); “LeAnn & Eddie,” 10:30 p.m. Thursday, VH1 (celebrity couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian); “Flipping the Block,” 9 p.m. Sunday, HGTV (teams compete in a condo renovation project); “Food Fighters,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, NBC (amateur cooks versus professional chefs; hosted by Adam Richman); “BAPS,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime (a group of affluent black friends in St. Louis).
Season premieres: “Don’t Be Tardy...,” 9 p.m. Thursday, Bravo; “Cedar Cove,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark; “Hotel Hell,” 9 p.m. Monday, Fox; “Face Off,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy; “Who Do You Think You Are?” 9 p.m. Wednesday, TLC; “Bring It!” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime; “Restaurant: Impossible,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Food.
Timeslot change: With “Face Off” returning, “The Wil Wheaton Project” moves back to the 10 p.m. Tuesday slot on Syfy.
Season finales: “Bet on Your Baby,” 8 p.m. Saturday, ABC; “Xtreme Waterparks,” 8 p.m. Sunday, Travel; “Endeavour,” 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS; “Returning to Amish,” 10 p.m. Sunday, TLC; “Ladies of London,” 10 p.m. Monday, Bravo; “The Real Housewives of New York City,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo; “Little Women: LA,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Lifetime.
Special: “Kids Choice Sports 2014,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Nickelodeon (awards show hosted by Michael Strahan).
Of note: Will Ferrell guest stars on “Welcome to Sweden,” 9 p.m. Thursday, NBC; “History Detectives” looks into the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, 9 p.m. Tuesday, PBS; the Top 48 are revealed on “America’s Got Talent,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, NBC; “My Wild Affair” explores the story of Chantek, an orangutan raised as a human child, 8 p.m. Wednesday, PBS.
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