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Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Sept. 14, 2009 - Featured


* The Jay Leno Show (10/9c NBC)


Jay Leno settles into his new - and somewhat controversial - 10/9c time slot tonight. Like his old gig on the Tonight Show, Leno hosts celebrity guests and airs some of his most popular segments like "Headlines" and "Jaywalking." But the standard two-guest-and-a-music-act setup is out the door as Jay spends more time focusing on comedy bits. Tonight's premiere features Jerry Seinfeld and a performance by Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna.


* Gossip Girl (9/8c The CW)


As the show returns for its third season, several characters return from their summers abroad with baggage in tow: Serena has secrets about her trip and a complicated relationship with Carter, and Nate arrives home with a mysterious woman (Privileged's JoAnna Garcia). While the Humphreys didn't travel far, the Hamptons suited them just fine - much to their surprise. And in true Chuck-and-Blair style, the new lovebirds try to navigate their relationship in a nontraditional way.


* America's Got Talent (8/7c NBC)


As the summer show slips into the cool fall season, the outside air grows just as crisp as these worthy entertainers' acts. The ratings-clutching star search winds down with tonight's final performance episode, which features 10 determined finalists in last-chance, big-stage showcases to prove their entertainment value. The $1 million prize is within reach, as the winner will be revealed in the Season 4 finale on Wednesday.


* Inside the Actors Studio (8/7c Bravo)


Giggity! It'll be an animated conversation when host James Lipton interviews the creative team behind the TV laugher Family Guy. The popular, boundary-breaking 'toon has earned two Emmys (Voice Over Performance, and Music and Lyrics), and it's nominated this year for Outstanding Comedy Series. Among the series players who offer insight: creator and executive producer MacFarlane (voice of Peter, Stewie, Brian and Quagmire); Alex Borstein (voice of Lois); Mike Henry (voice of Cleveland); and Seth Green (voice of Chris).


* Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke (10/9c VH1)


Comic Eddie Griffin is one of the hardest-working men in showbiz - and yet he's in the hole due to his largess with family and friends, not to mention the eight kids, two ex-wives and four "baby mamas" he supports. This reality series about his money troubles opens with his accountant admonishing him about his faltering finances. Eddie's level-headed mom Doris, who's moved in with him, expresses what most viewers will think: He should cut loose some of the folks riding on his gravy train.


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