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Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 - Featured

* Bones (8/7c Fox)


Series creator Hart Hanson, who took some heat for the alternate-reality love scene between Brennan and Booth at the end of last season, explained that the latter's "who are you?" remark was due more to coma-induced confusion than amnesia. But as the fifth season begins, Booth is declared mentally fit to pursue bad guys again, and tonight he and Brennan try to figure out how - or why - a psychic (Cyndi Lauper) knows that a Washington, D.C., fountain is hiding a mass grave.


* VH1 Divas (9/8c VH1)


A who's who of today's top female singers take to the stage at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn for a lyrical ladies' night out as well as to raise funds for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis and Jordin Sparks headline the event, which is also slated to feature Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper and Martina McBride. Paula Abdul hosts.


* Survivor: Samoa (8/7c CBS)


The 19th edition of the series could be called Survivor: Southern California. Half of this season's 20 castaways live there, with eight hailing from Los Angeles. One player definitely not from La-La Land is 36-year-old Texan Russell Hantz, who is "the closest thing to evil" to ever appear on the show, according to host Jeff Probst. In tonight's premiere, two tribes are immediately formed: Galu and Foa Foa. Then, without speaking to each other, each group elects a chief who will make all of the decisions for his or her tribe.


* Community (9:31/8:31c NBC)


Joel McHale, the snarky host of E!'s The Soup, makes the leap to network television in a new comedy series that also stars Chevy Chase. McHale plays a quick-tongued lawyer who's used to talking his way out of trouble... that is, until his degree is revoked and he's forced to seek higher learning at a Colorado community college. While there, he pursues a fellow student (Gillian Jacobs) and forms a study group to spend time with her. Naturally, it backfires, leaving him leading a mismatched group of oddballs in their studies.


* It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10/9c FX)


Real estate is the theme of the fifth-season opener. First, Frank takes advantage of the mortgage crisis by buying a foreclosed house. Do you think it bothers him that the foreclosed family's still in the house? Mac and Dennis get the bug, too, and decide to become a good-cop, bad-cop sales team (Honey & Vinegar Real Estate), and an uncharacteristically entrepreneurial Dee rents out some personal real estate: She becomes a surrogate mother for a yuppie couple.


* Project Runway (10/9c Lifetime Television)


In the wake of creating party dresses for the models themselves last week (it was crystal clear that Qristyl was out), the designers turn the page and take on an unconventional-materials contest. They'll make big headlines by creating clothes from newspapers. Read all about it, read all about it: It appears a shocking, front-page scandal will erupt tonight. Actress Eva Longoria Parker and fashion luminary Tommy Hilfiger are the guest judges.


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