By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service
MUST-SEE: "Friends," 7 p.m. and "Saturday Night Live," 7:40 p.m., NBC. To blunt the arrival of CBS second "Survivor," NBC expanded "Friends" to 40 minutes, followed by a 20-minute version of "Saturday Night Live." This might seem like a tacky gimmick from other shows but "Friends" could pull it off. Tonight, Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") is a despondent guy linked by phone to Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), who is starting her first day as a telemarketer. ... And "Saturday Night Live"? On a good week, it does have 20 funny minutes; well see if any of them are tonight.
"Survivor: The Australian Outback," 7 p.m., CBS. After premiering after the Super Bowl, the second edition takes its regular time slot. This time the setting is harsher, the people are prettier, but the rules are the same.
"CSI," 8 p.m., CBS. This drama has been one of the seasons surprise successes in quality and ratings. Now it gets a tougher test on Thursdays. The heroes are crime-scene investigators.
"ER," 9 p.m., NBC. Crises range from a sweatshop fire to a retirement home fight.
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