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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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In this undated photo provided by CBS Entertainment, Holmes, played by Jonny Lee Miller, right, and Watson, played by Lucy Liu, film on location in London, for the second season premiere of Elementary. Perhaps it was elementary, after all. Detective drama "Elementary" is back for a second season, after silencing a chorus of skeptics by garnering critical praise and strong ratings in its first season. The show, which stars Jonny Lee Miller as a modern-day Holmes in New York, returns to CBS in the United States on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, further evidence of the inexhaustible appeal of Sherlock Holmes. (AP Photo/CBS Entertainment, Des Willie)
Thursday on TV: 'Parks and Rec' and 'Elementary' both travel to jolly old England

Not one but two series travel to London for their season premieres tonight.

In an hourlong episode of Parks and Recreation (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5), Leslie is off to England to accept an award.

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It makes more sense that Sherlock Holmes would go home to London in Elementary (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2). With Watson along for the ride, Sherlock confronts his past and his brother, Mycroft.

Elsewhere on TV ...

The Big Bang Theory (7 and 7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Sheldon and Penny grow closer while Leonard is away; Leonard and Sheldon's friendship is tested. (Season premiere)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (7 p.m., ABC/C. 4): If you missed the premiere on Tuesday, ABC is repeating it tonight.

Parks and Recreation (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Leslie travels to London in this hourlong episode. (Season premiere)

The X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch.13): The judges choose the top 40 acts.

High school football (7 p.m., Ch. 14): Weber at Northridge.

Women's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Saint Mary's at BYU

Project Runway (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): Thedesigners draw inspiration from young people.

The Crazy Ones (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar play father-and-daughter ad execs in this promising new sitcom.

Welcome to the Family (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The designers draw inspiration from young people.

Grey's Anatomy (8 and 9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A mudslide causes many injuries; the doctors receive devastating news.

The Michael J. Fox Show (8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Two episodes of this very good new sitcom.

Glee (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The glee club performs Beatles songs. (Season premiere)

Two and a Half Men (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Charlie's 25-year-old, previously unknown daughter shows up at the beach house. (Season premiere)

Parenthood (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The new Braverman baby causes a stir.



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