What we're watching: I don't know what NBC's Thursday night lineup is doing for their overall ratings, but it's definitely a boon for HDTV watchers. NBC may attribute The Office's higher ratings to iPod downloads but I say keep lining it up with the easter-egg packed My Name is Earl (btw, keep an eye out tonight, the name of the epsiode is "Stole P's HD Cart", so you know they're going to be up to something), and you can't possibly do better for 1080i humor.
From 8 to 10 p.m. I know what channel I'll be watching, although we'll also check out ABC's new show Crumbs, not to mention new episodes of CSI and Everybody Hates Chris. Those Snapstream guys may be on to something with that 11 tuner DVR.
After the jump is our traditional listing of HD programs throughout the night.
Here are some other HDTV programs showing on selected networks today. All times are Eastern and reruns are in italics:
ABC (720p): Crumbs (9:30 p.m.)
CBS (1080i): CSI (8 p.m.), CSI (9 p.m.), Without a Trace (10 p.m.), The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35 p.m.)
NBC (1080i): Will & Grace (8 p.m.), Four Kings (8:30 p.m.), My Name is Earl (9 p.m.), The Office (9:30 p.m.), E.R. (10 p.m.), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35 p.m.)
Fox (720p): The O.C. (9 p.m.)
UPN (1080i): Everybody Hates Chris (8 p.m.), Love, Inc. (8:30 p.m.), Eve (9 p.m.), Cuts (9:30 p.m.)
WB (1080i): Smallville (8 p.m.)
Discovery-HD (1080i): Dinosaur Planet (7 p.m.), Corwins Quest (8 p.m.), Austin Stevens: Snakemaster (9 p.m.), Blue Realm (10 p.m.)
ESPN-HD (720p): College Basketball:North Carolina at Virginia (7 p.m.), Sportscenter (11 p.m.)
HBO-HD (1080i): Taking Lives (9 p.m.)
Max HD (1080i): The Hunt for Red October (7:30 p.m.), Trespass 10 p.m.)
Starz HD (1080i): The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (9 p.m.)
Showtime-HD (1080i): A Perfect Wrodl (5:35 p.m.), Twisted (8 p.m.)
TNT-HD (1080i): Charmed (6 p.m.), Law & Order (7 p.m.), NBA Basketball: Pistons at Knicks (8 p.m), NBA Basketball: Lakers at Kings (10:30 p.m.)