The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

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.

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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.

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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?

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  1. LocalBoy says:

    The Mentalist and Person of Interest definitely! They just keep getting better and better…

  2. Saint Alicia says:

    Mondo stoked for the Mentalist–it’s gonna be AWESOME. Bring on the Jane/Lisbon scenes (brother-sister relationship my a$s!) :P

    • Nadine says:

      Yes, looking forward to Jane’s con persona in action!

    • Janah says:

      Totally with you on that! The promo was legen- wait for it – dary, cant wait for tonights episode and hopefully some great Lisbon/Jane scenes!

      • Kate says:

        Add me to this list too. Very much looking forward to THE MENTALIST tonight, love the idea of the episode, the promo was perfectly enticing, and if they happen to have some good Jane & Lisbon times, it’ll be that much better.

  3. Little Scarf Girl says:

    Although it’s not new, it’s worth noting that NBC is re-airing the stop-motion animated episode of Community from last year. :)

  4. daveedt says:

    Is there any possibility that FX will air Season 4 of Sons of Anarchy, any time soon?

  5. Michael says:

    I take Burn Notice

  6. GK says:

    POI & The Mentalist! POI – Best new show! Totally rocks!

  7. Meghan says:

    The Mentalist, and Community just because that episode is brilliant.

  8. Bella says:

    Person of Interest and The Mentalist and I’m DVRing Burn Notice.

  9. DL says:

    You make watching Nicole Scherzinger perform/writhe sound like a bad thing! ;)

  10. kevin says:

    PERSON OF INTEREST – best new show of the season and PRIME SUSPECT but I really don’t know if tonight’s episode is going to be its “series finale”.

  11. Lisa says:

    Burn Notice

  12. What?! says:

    There is a new Prime Suspect next week and presumably the week after and (according to another source) Saturday burn-off in Jan 2012.

  13. gcem says:

    My must-sees tonight…Burn Notice, Person of Interest and Prime Suspect (so bummed that it got cancelled. Great show.) I’d really like to see Maria Bello guest on In Plain Sight. She and Mary McCormack look soooo much alike.

  14. Tom says:

    I get the impression the Mentalist is reaching this season. It’s still not a bad show, but it’s starting to feel like the declining days of Numb3rs when they just seemed to run out of story ideas that fit the premise of the show. I was encouraged at the end of last season when the Mentalist killed off “Red John” and appeared to be ending that story line. Then, this season, not so fast — Red John seems to be back as the standard sweeps/cliffhanger story line. It just feels, to me, that this series is getting stale.

  15. Justin says:

    Looking forward to Burn Notice, Person of Interest and Prime Suspect tonight.

  16. Renee says:

    Can’t wait to see Person Of Interest. Been looking forward to this since I saw the preview last week.

  17. Tikkanen says:

    Watching Person of Interest, Prime Suspect, and NY Rangers vs St Louis Blues tonight.

  18. em says:

    Is it weird to be excited for a repeat? I loved Community’s Christmas ep last year. Other than that, I might watch the Falcons beat up the Jags.

    • Renee says:

      Yeah I’ll watch Falcons & Jags too! But I gotta get Person Of Interest in there too. Hopefully the Falcons are winning by so much I’ll be able to watch POI w/o any comeback anxiety.

  19. al says:

    9 pm The Year the Earth Went Wild (Discovery) | AKA natural disaster porn! Tough. Call.

    is this a joke? cause this is something i actually wanted to watch and can not find it anywhere on discovery channel for the next week?

  20. kirads09 says:

    Person of Interest
    Burn Notice
    DVR Mentalist (it is not a must see for me, but this episode sounds too good to miss).

  21. Kevin says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only person who likes POI, great show!

  22. Chelle says:

    It’s not on the list, but I’m anxiously awaiting a new episode of The League.