On TV this Thursday: Another act gets X‘d out, multiple Persons of Interest, The Mentalist gets his con back on, finales for Burn Notice and Sunny, and more. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The final four become three; judge Nicole Scherzinger performs/writhes while singing to a backup track.
8 pm Community (NBC) | It’s a slow night, so here’s a repeat worth giving a second look: Last year’s stop-motion animated holiday special, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.”
8:30 pm Rules of Engagement (CBS) | Jeff and Audrey engage in a battle of wills when she refuses to admit that she hates the armchair she ordered, while Jeff pretends to love it; Russell brings a sexual harassment suit against Timmy.
9 pm The Year With Katie Couric (ABC) | The ABC News newbie hosts this look back at the year’s big newsmakers, “from everyday heroes who inspired a nation to the public figures who fell from grace; from the fresh faces who had breakthrough years in entertainment to the icons who said goodbye after years of success.” Or you can relive…
9 pm The Year the Earth Went Wild (Discovery) | AKA natural disaster porn! Tough. Call.
9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | Jackpot! While Detective Carter deals with the fallout from her recent encounter with Reese and Finch, The Machine ups the ante by giving them four Social Security numbers instead of one.
10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | During the search for a firefighter’s killer, Jane is attacked and nearly drowned, resulting in a temporary loss of his memory and a return to his pre-CBI con man persona.
10 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) | As the team reaches a breaking point with Anson and his sinister plans, Pearce puts Michael in charge of his biggest CIA mission yet. (Get loads more scoop here.)
10 pm Impractical Jokers (truTV) | Series premiere: Four childhood pals compete in awkward and outrageous hidden-camera hijinks. At the end of each episode, the loser must attempt the most mortifying challenge ever.
10 pm Prime Suspect (NBC) | When a Jewish diamond dealer is found dead, Jane looks for answers from his wife; Matt gets a huge job (not on Sons of Anarchy, though) and surprises Jane with a celebration.
10 pm It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) | Season finale: In “High School Reunion, Part 2,” the gang devises a new plan at their reunion to make sure their tarnished high school images will now sparkle and shine.
Which of the above is must-see TV for you?