Tonight's Fall Premieres: 'Rules of Engagement' and '48 Hours Mystery' [Saturday 9/24]
After an incredibly busy week with some huge comedy premieres (including “The Office,” “Community,” “Parks & Recreation” and “Modern Family”) and a super-flashy new talent show from Simon Cowell, tonight features two new premieres.
One has a cast member who is none to happy about its Saturday night air time and another focuses on the mysterious death of a legendary boxer.
Rules of Engagement (CBS)
"What a sh-- time slot," Patrick Warburton (aka David Puddy from “Seinfeld”) told TV Guide recently about his show “Rules of Engagement.”
“The scripts are great and we're having a lot of fun doing the show, but God knows if anybody's gonna find us on Saturday night.”
Warburton has a point. After six seasons and a cast that includes David Spade, you’d think the show would command a better slot, particularly since this season they’re bringing Booger (aka Curtis Armstrong) from “Revenge of the Nerds” on board.
Nonetheless, “Rules of Engagement” returns tonight on CBS at 8:00 p.m. EST. We’ll let you know if (fingers crossed) any Poindexter cameos get scheduled for future episodes.
Watch the "Ultimate Look Back" trailer for “Rules of Engagement”:
48 Hours Mystery (CBS)
“48 Hours Mystery” is typically a relatively formulaic true crime documentary series, though the “48 Hours” name is frequently used by CBS to spotlight special investigative reports from CBS.
Tonight’s premiere delves into seriously fascinating and criminally under-reported territory:
Legendary boxing champ Arturo Gatti, who was known for his Rocky-like ability to both take and deliver an obscene amount of punishment (particularly in his historic battles with "The Fighter" Mickey Ward), was found dead in Brazil in 2009 while on vacation with his wife.
The death was originally ruled murder and his wife went to jail, and then changed to suicide after authorities investigated further. A recent private investigation again concluded that the strange circumstances around Gatti’s death did indeed point to murder. It's easily one of the most compelling and mysterious crime stories in the last several years, and it should be a fascinating subject for the show's premiere episode.
Watch a preview of the “48 Hours Mystery” premiere: