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?



Comments (32)

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

    Comment by LocalBoy – December 15, 2011 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mondo stoked for the Mentalist–it’s gonna be AWESOME. Bring on the Jane/Lisbon scenes (brother-sister relationship my a$s!) :P

    Comment by Saint Alicia – December 15, 2011 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, looking forward to Jane’s con persona in action!

      Comment by Nadine – December 15, 2011 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Janah – December 15, 2011 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Kate – December 15, 2011 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Although it’s not new, it’s worth noting that NBC is re-airing the stop-motion animated episode of Community from last year. :)

    Comment by Little Scarf Girl – December 15, 2011 07:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Too funny, I was just adding that.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 15, 2011 07:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They usually start with the earlier seasons first, from what I remember. Tough to find times like 2 am, but I guess that’s just what DVRs are for!

        Comment by TheDude – December 15, 2011 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is there any possibility that FX will air Season 4 of Sons of Anarchy, any time soon?

    Comment by daveedt – December 15, 2011 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The last I checked (which was last week), there is no encore run planned anytime soon. Maybe early summer.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 15, 2011 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I take Burn Notice

    Comment by Michael – December 15, 2011 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • POI & The Mentalist! POI – Best new show! Totally rocks!

    Comment by GK – December 15, 2011 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Mentalist, and Community just because that episode is brilliant.

    Comment by Meghan – December 15, 2011 08:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Person of Interest and The Mentalist and I’m DVRing Burn Notice.

    Comment by Bella – December 15, 2011 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yup, that exactly what I’m doing!

      Comment by Bergie – December 15, 2011 05:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You make watching Nicole Scherzinger perform/writhe sound like a bad thing! ;)

    Comment by DL – December 15, 2011 08:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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”.

    Comment by kevin – December 15, 2011 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Burn Notice

    Comment by Lisa – December 15, 2011 09:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is a new Prime Suspect next week and presumably the week after and (according to another source) Saturday burn-off in Jan 2012.

    Comment by What?! – December 15, 2011 09:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by gcem – December 15, 2011 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Tom – December 15, 2011 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looking forward to Burn Notice, Person of Interest and Prime Suspect tonight.

    Comment by Justin – December 15, 2011 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait to see Person Of Interest. Been looking forward to this since I saw the preview last week.

    Comment by Renee – December 15, 2011 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Watching Person of Interest, Prime Suspect, and NY Rangers vs St Louis Blues tonight.

    Comment by Tikkanen – December 15, 2011 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by em – December 15, 2011 12:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Renee – December 15, 2011 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by al – December 15, 2011 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I found it on my DVR at 9pm eastern on 12/26

      Comment by shmrck14 – December 17, 2011 07:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Person of Interest
    Burn Notice
    DVR Mentalist (it is not a must see for me, but this episode sounds too good to miss).

    Comment by kirads09 – December 15, 2011 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad to see I’m not the only person who likes POI, great show!

    Comment by Kevin – December 15, 2011 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • POI my fav new show!

      Comment by Bergie – December 15, 2011 05:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s not on the list, but I’m anxiously awaiting a new episode of The League.

    Comment by Chelle – December 15, 2011 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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