Tonight's TV premieres are not so much exciting as comforting in their return.
Scrubs comes back to NBC's lineup at 9:30 p.m., picking up where last season's almost-kiss between J.D. and Elliot left off. I can't imagine eagerly anticipating a new season of Scrubs, but I'm glad to see its return nonetheless. It's some of the most pleasant non-essential viewing on TV, and I'm glad they'll be adding to their syndicated arsenal for Comedy Central. Plus this means The Office (9 p.m.) will be back to half-hour increments where it belongs.
Then at 10 p.m. there's Iconoclasts, the Sundance Channel's series in which two distinguished celebrities (Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou, for example) share a conversation, like a documentary version of Interview magazine. Tonight Sean Penn talks to Jon Krakauer, whose book Into the Wild he recently adapted into for the big screen.
The final premiere is actually a series debut, and brace yourself for this one. MTV unveils Making Menudo, in which producers will apply the Making the Band formula in an attempt to remake the group that shot Ricky Martin to fame. Ninety minutes of reality badness starts at 9 p.m.
As for concerts, the most high-profile gig is sold out. Ryan Adams makes his return to LC Pavilion with no opening act as far as I can tell. 7 p.m. doors, and general admission tickets are $25, so keep that in mind if you want to scalp. (What's this about $40 "reserved pit seating" though?)
The trusted Andrew Patton recommends Brooklyn's Sound of Urchin, who make their latest stop at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St., tonight. Joining them as usual are their Columbus cohorts The Brown Notes, plus a new group called Dobbs featuring ex-Salt Horse drummer Chris Cox. 10 p.m. start, no word on cover.