The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On your TV this Thursday: Evil Wil Wheaton returns (and he’s not alone!), a Parks and Rec showdown and a Private Practice jaw-dropper. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features and reporting, here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Community (NBC) | You know how Fringe is currently making you consider a second timeline? Here, the ambitious NBC sitcom throws at least six your way, and gosh, it is a lot of fun. Epic, really. (Watch out for the “1” timeline, because it is a doozy.)

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Well, well, well… if it isn’t Evil Wil Wheaton again. The question is: Will Leonard ignore Sheldon’s wishes to attend a party at the actor’s house? What if he knew that Brent Spiner was also on the guest list?

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Postponed from Wednesday, this two-hour outing kicks off the visits to the judges’ homes, and features a drop-by from Rihanna. Hopefully this afternoon’s ALCS Game 5 doesn’t get rained on, or we’ll need someone’s umbrella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh.

8 pm MLB National League Championship Series (TBS) | The Cards host the Brewers for Game 4.

8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | When your daily doings oft include utter mayhem, evil twins and, you know, death, I can’t imagine that a high school’s Senior Prank Night is so big a deal. And yet it’s the catalyst for this week’s hour. Whatevs! In other news, Klaus deepens his hold on Stefan.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | It’s Ron’s Pawnee Ranger scouts vs. Leslie’s Pawnee Goddesses troop. Who do you think will have the most fun on a campout?

Erica Durance Previews Her Date With Charlie’s Angels (Plus, Smallville Scoop…?)

9 pm The Secret Circle (The CW) | Nick and Faye help Melissa track down her family’s Book of Shadows, Adam and Diana try to reignite their spark (get more scoop here), and Charles angles to get in bed with Dawn in a new way, ifyoucatchmydrift.

9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Sometime-Grey’s director Debbie Allen plays Jackson’s mom, who’s in town to perform a ground-breaking, eye-opening you-know-what transplant. Elsewhere, based on the promo we showed you, it appears Zola’s checking back in as a patient, and Bailey makes a decision about her fantastically good love life. Bonus: See if you can spot the Cougar Town cameo!

9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | This is the one I told you about in Inside Line, where Detective Carter crosses paths with and tries (tries) to get intel out of Mr. Finch.

9 pm The Office (NBC) | When Andy tries to impress Robert California with a party at Schrute Farms, Dee Wallace, Stephen Collins and Josh Groban guest as Andy’s parents and brother.

The CW Orders Full Seasons of Secret Circle, Ringer and Hart of Dixie

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Melrose Place‘s Michael Rady makes his debut as new CBI boss Luther (Luther?) Wainwright.

10 pm Private Practice (ABC) | “Cooper receives the surprise of his life” just as My So-Called Life‘s A.J. Langer begins her guest star arc. Quick, do the math!

10 pm Prime Suspect (NBC) | Matt’s ex-wife tries to keep Jane off their son’s birthday party invite list. Sounds like time for Jane to get all bad-ass again on Miss Prissy-Pants.

10 pm It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) | An appearance by Frank’s long-lost brother, Gino, tees up a series of glorious 1970s flashbacks (and godawful, ratty hairpieces).

10:30 pm The League (FX) | Draft Day does not go well for anyone — which is kinda sorta the annual refrain for any fantasy league, am I right? I mean, sometimes I cannot fathom how I end up with some of the guys on my sheet. Too much Red Bull, I can only reckon.

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  1. Jason says:

    Hopefully will be watching X-Factor. Stupid baseball.

    • Jersey Jeff says:

      I wonder if sheldon will go to the party? Oh wait the picture gives that away. So I guess there is no mystery as to what happens.

      Thanks for ruining the best show on TV.

    • Becky says:

      Baseball is 10x better than Simon Cowell. LET’S GO RANGERS! KEEP THE X FACTOR OFF!

  2. Luke says:

    Dude, how hard is it to say the word “penis”? Catherine Avery on Greys is there to do a penis transplant. Hiding behind “you know what” transplant

  3. Renee says:

    Really looking forward to Person Of Interest tonight. This show is quickly becoming can’t miss for me. I really like the characters and the premise is interesting.

  4. Sarah says:

    I thought Dee, Stephen, and Josh were playing Andy’s family…

  5. Ashlee says:

    You mean the students in Mystic Falls still attend high school enough to HAVE a Senior Prank Night?! :D

  6. east coast craz says:

    8 pm – Charlie’s Angels (guess this week didnt make the list to watch)

    9 pm – Secret Circle – my new obsession love the way Cassie looks at Adam

    10 pm – Private Practive – love me some Benjamin Bratt!

    After 10 pm – Mentalist followed by Grey’s on my DVR

  7. Snapy says:

    I watch the CW’s lineup tonight.

  8. Katie says:

    After recently marathoning the first two seasons of The Vamp Diaries for the first time, this show is my new obsession. Can’t wait for tonight!

    • rachelleet says:

      Totally agree. I just spent the last few days doing nothing but watching that show (thank gawd I was also sick, so I didn’t feel as guilty). It’s like Twilight on crack.

  9. Mikaylah says:

    So excited that The League is back! That show is HILARIOUS. I’ll probably also be watching Parks & Rec, The Mentalist, and Community.

  10. Erika says:

    Weather permitting I’ll be watching X-Factor from 7-9 and Jersey Shore from 9-10. If there is a delay than I’ll be watching shows that I usually watch online tomorrow.
    The Vampire Diaries
    Person of Interest
    Grey’s Anatomy
    The Office

  11. Katie says:

    Will be watching TVD and Project Runway 9pm Lifetime

  12. Cameo? says:

    Will be watching Grey’s but what’s up with the cameo with the courgar town people? I realize these people don’t have anything to do right now but even a walk on part is too much due to the huge Grey’s cast bloat and a guest star.

  13. Lisa says:

    I’ll be watching:
    Bones (TNT reruns)
    The Vampire Diaries
    Parks & Rec
    The Secret Circle

  14. Amy says:

    I’m definitely going to watch Community and Person of Interest. Community is currently the best comedy on tv in my opinion

  15. Michelle says:

    I am looking forward to tonight’s Person of Interest. Looking forward to Finch and Carter interaction.

  16. Richard says:

    I’ve got “Project Runway” set to record. The remaining five will be putting together mini-collections with the help of some of the already eliminated designers.

  17. Will says:

    So, do “you-know-what” is really immature?

  18. Laur says:

    8:00-8:30 -Big Bang Theory
    9- Greys
    10- Private Practice

  19. intelliwoman says:

    Thursday nite has gone from being a good nite of TV to a bad one. Other than person of Interest there is really nothing worth my time.

  20. BeachBum says:

    Did I hear correctly that the original X-Factor scheduled for tonight is now going to be shown Sunday night? If so, that’s really going to mess up my Sunday DVR scheduling. That’s my favorite tv night of the week with multiple recordings.

  21. Kristen says:

    Vampire Diaries
    Secret Circle
    Grey’s Anatomy
    Private Practice
    Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    The League

    Needless to say I will be relying on my DVR. :)

  22. Girish says:

    I will be watching:
    The Vampire Diaries
    Person of Interest
    The Mentalist

    They are all awesome!

  23. jordan says:

    POI blows. Most disappointing show of the season. Those four people who love it are insane. Just because it’s a J.J. Abrams show, doesn’t mean its automatically great. Or just because Michael Emerson is in it. The actual show has been boring and just like any other crime procedural show.

  24. VBarkley says:

    Community, P&R, Project Runway, Jersey Shore, The Office, Prime Suspect!

  25. Raksha says:

    COMMUNITY all the way…

  26. Sara says:

    Can’t wait for The Big Bang Theory tonight and Longclaw’s cameo!!!! :DDD Is it Game of Thrones s2 time yet?

  27. TJ. Church says:

    Matt, watch the English! “…wishes at attend a party…”?! You get paid to write! As someone who wants to, I have problems with that.

  28. Solo says:

    “Community” and that’s it I guess. I hate Thursday.

  29. Melanie says:

    Thursdays are my absolute favourite tv night by far!

    Vampire Diaries
    Big Bang
    Private Practice

    WOoooOOOoOO Hoo!

  30. Fernando says:

    Charlie’s Angels

  31. Philipp says:

    Does anyone else feel like James Spader is ruining The Office fun?