Thursday TV: President Obama, NFL Kickoff, several season finales
Sep 08 2011 09:19 am CET

Tonight's television includes President Obama giving a jobs speech, the Saints and Packers starting the football season, and six shows airing their summer finales. Here's what's on TV Thursday.

First, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress tonight at 7pm Eastern. He will be presenting his jobs plan. The broadcast networks will be cutting into local programming and likely the first half hour of prime time. You can also expect full coverage on the cable news networks.

Because of this pre-emption, NBC's pregame coverage of tonight's football game will shift over to its sister cable networks (Versus, USA, SyFy). The speech, responses, and analysis should finish before the NFL season kickoff, featuring the New Orleans Saints and last year's Super Bowl Champions the Green Bay Packers. The game is at 8:30pm Eastern on NBC.

On the finale front, there are plenty of entries. USA's slate of Burn Notice and Suits wraps up, starting at 9pm. The second season of ABC's Rookie Blue closes with back-to-back episodes, also starting at 9pm. For comedies, Futurama finishes its season on Comedy Central while the FX block of Wilfred and Louie close up shop, all beginning at 10pm.

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