Numb3rs and Supernanny finally return

Oct 3, 2008 at 5:13 p.m. ET

Tonight, the last of my favorite shows returns - yeah! Numb3rs is back and I expect it to be another rockin' season. Tomorrow, it's a new Primeval on BBCAmerica and I'm going to check out the new Sunday lineup on The CW even though I hear it's a bust.

Are you watching Supernatural? Don't even tell me you're not. Last night big brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) pulled a Back to the Future where he got to meet his parents on the eve of their engagement. But hey, this is a horror show at the core, so there was a nasty demon there to turn the fairy tale in to a nightmare. Ackles broke my heart as he shed a tear while listening to his mother (whom he knows will die young) talk about her dreams for the future. Newcomer Amy Gumenick did a great job as the teenage version of Mary Winchester.

There was a new Smallville last night but don't spoil me, I haven't watched it yet.

I did catch another episode of Tabatha's Salon Makeover even though I swore I wouldn't watch anymore. Next week is the final episode so I might as well see it through to the end, I suppose. Is there a psychologist out there who can tell me why these shows fascinate us? Maybe there's just a little bit of voyeur in all of us.

Let's see what else is on. . .

The Ex List tries to break through from pilot to phenom

Tonight On TV - Thursday, October 2

CBS begins its evening of premiers and pilots with comedy star, Jamie Kennedy making his first appearance on the opener of Ghost Whisperer. The pilot episode of The Ex List follows, as Elizabeth Reaser revisits past romantic relationships on her search for Mr. Right. Then, Lou Diamond Phillips makes a guest appearance on the fifth opener of Numb3rs.

Tornado chasers meet child-proofers on a new episode of Wife Swap on ABC. Then, check out the season premiere of Supernanny as Jo uses a snowshoe expedition to help a family of six to reconnect. 20/20 follows, with the conclusion of Portrait of a President.

The CW begins its fourth season of Everybody Hates Chris, with the star finding himself in an all white homeroom lead by a bigoted teacher (proof that Chris Rock finds comedy in any situation). The laughs continue with the premiere of The Game as Malik tries to hide his marriage to Robin Givens from his mother. Then, if you missed last weeks America's Next Top Model, the station is re-airing the episode this evening.

Over on NBC, the final seven are required to do bridge maintenance 335 feet above water on America's Toughest Jobs. Then, it's Deal or No Deal, followed by a new episode of Life, where gang violence seems to be at the heart of a gruesome crime.

Fox has an evening of new game shows starting with a former NASA astronaut competing, on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Then, it's extreme Karaoke on Don't Forget the Lyrics.

Over on cable

America's pop-culture is explored on, Tommy Hilfiger Presents Ironic Iconic America, with appearances by the designer (of course) tonight on Bravo.

Follow agents through an actual crime investigation on a new episode of Trutv's Forensic Files.

The History channel offers up an evening of documentary style dramas with new episodes of both Gangland and Shockwave (both not for the faint of heart.)

Learn good fashion sense with TLC's What Not to Wear and Say Yes to the Dress.

Kimora Lee Simmons is featured on a new episode of True Hollywood Story on E!

Sci Fi has a forensic psychiatrist on the trail of an unusual child who fled a crime scene on the season premiere of Sanctuary.

News and notable

Jesse L. Martin will return to NBC to co-star in the midseason series The Philanthropist.

SNL is making last minute arrangements to "possibly" parody last night's debates with Queen Latifah as moderator Gwen Ifill.

Steven Weber will join the cast of Desperate Housewives as Julie's professor-boyfriend.

NBC's new reality dating show, Mama's Boys will go to air on October 29. In the meantime, NBC is on the look out for a second season of contestant, this time it's mom's looking to play matchmaker for their single daughters.

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Pictured: Rachel Boston, Elizabeth Reaser, Adam Rothenberg, and Alexandra Breckenridge star in The Ex List, a new comedic drama scheduled to be broadcast Fridays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS

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