On TV this Thursday: Rocks for Charlie Brown, more sitcom tricks and treats, El-lee-ot visits The Mentalist, and more. November sweeps starts now, and as but a supplement to TVLine’s original feature stories, here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm World Series Game 6 (Fox) | After a Wednesday rain-out, the Rangers are (still) looking to clinch — otherwise, Peter Bishop’s comeback tour gets delayed.
8 pm It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (ABC) | Actually, it’s only [SPOILER ALERT!] Snoopy.
8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Elena begs Jeremy to use his connection to the “other side” to help her find a way to reach Stefan; Alaric discovers a long-hidden clue to the past.
8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | A cute comic book artist — played by Courtney Ford, whose own geek cred includes having Superman (Brandon Routh) for a husband — puts Leonard’s relationship with Priya to the test.
8 pm Community (NBC) | The members of the study group take turns spinning ghost stories. For me, Troy’s is the LOLest, while Britta rocks a soft, fuzzy sweater in Abed’s.
8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Andy and April host a costume party (at which Ron finds an unlikely new sidekick), while an Entertainment 720 fundraiser for Leslie manages to be all about Tom.
9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | Reese is captivated by the latest POI – a beautiful and resourceful woman played by Paige Turco. I’ll point out that Matt Servitto also guest stars in the episode, and let hardcore All My Children fans connect the dots.
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Lexie tries to hide her jealousy when she sees Mark with a new woman (Gossip Girl alum Holley Fain in a recurring role); Alex fights to keep Zola at Seattle Grace when it is suggested that she be moved to another hospital.
9 pm Project Runway (Lifetime) | It’s the Season 9 finale!
9 pm The Office (NBC) | The show scares up one of its best Halloween episodes, in part due to a montage of Dwight costumes that Toby nixed over the years due to safety concerns. Also, Erin is cuteasabutton as freckled Wendy of “Hot ‘N’ Juicy” burgers fame.
9:30 pm Whitney (NBC) | Veronica Mars alum alert No. 1! Ken Marino plays Alex’s brother.
10 pm Beavis and Butt-Head (MTV) | The forever-regressed brat boys return in new episodes, the first of which finds the Twilight craze making them wish to become undead.
10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | When the team travels to a resort town to find a cop killer, Lisbon crosses paths with her brother (played by onetime child star Henry Thomas), who is now a bounty hunter tracking… E.T.?! Judas!
10 pm Private Practice (ABC) | Addison begins IVF treatments with Jake’s help, unbeknownst to Sam. Also: Veronica Mars alum alert No. 2! Sydney Tamiia Poitier plays a terminally-ill young woman who asks gal pal Amelia to assist in her suicide.
10 pm Prime Suspect (NBC) | Jane and her father celebrate an important anniversary together. (What, 25 years since the Mets beat the Red Sox in the Series?)