New tonight: MTV’s ‘Awkward,’ Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’

The show returns tonight!

If you love comedy, then Thursday night is going to in many ways be television paradise. We have a trio of returning shows, two new shows, and some big stars including Russell Brand and Charlie Sheen.

Without further ado, here’s some of the laugh-centric shows worth checking out on the night.

“Awkward” (premiering at 10:30 p.m. Eastern, MTV) – “Awkward” is hands-down the best show on MTV. It’s sharp, funny, and it features front and center an Emmy-worthy performance from Ashley Rickards as Jenna, a girl who has mastered the art of bad timing — and who also has plenty of heart.

While some scripted shows like “Girls” try and capture the feel of a hip indie comedy on the small screen, this is a show that actually does a really good job at it. Before viewing it, be sure to go back and check out season 1. You’ll be happy you did.

The entire FX lineup – We could divide this up into individual shows, but in reality they are all really worth watching. In kicking things off with an hour-long premiere of “Anger Management” (which starts at 9:00), you have the much-anticipated return of Charlie Sheen to scripted TV. If you loved him on “Two and a Half Men,” you’ll love him on this — especially since it actually looks like a better show than its predecessor. Our only worry? That it is a weird fit for a network with comedies that tends to be more offbeat.

Beginning at 10:00, the network then transitions into a pair of shows that its fans likely know very well at this point in “Louie” and “Wilfred.” Both are shows that prove that the comedy genre is more than viewers ever thought it could be decades ago — and in the case of the former, you have a show that could work its way into the Outstanding Comedy Series category at the 2012 Emmy Awards.

“Brand X” – We want to think that this Russell Brand show (which starts up at 11) will be funny, but the problem with that is that Russell Brand is not always funny. You either love him or you hate him, and the whole Katy Perry marriage and divorce took away from some of his mystique as a comedian. He’s gone from being indie to being overexposed, and in the comedy world that rarely bodes well.

Which of these shows are you the most excited to see Thursday night?

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