The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: The Bones team tries to decode a bloody message, 30 Rock‘s Jenna breaks children’s spirits, Leslie Knope tries to grab Pawnee’s attention and more. As but a supplement to TVLine’s original features, here are 10 new shows or winter premieres, plus one finale, to keep on your radar.

The Vampire Diaries‘ Kat Graham on Bonnie’s New Guy and Face-off With Klaus

8 pm Bones (Fox) | Winter finale/special time slot! A cryptic message penned in human blood is discovered at a national monument, and as the team rushes to solve the case, the tech-savvy suspect (played by Andrew Leeds, Nip/Tuck) stays one step ahead of them. Meanwhile, Booth and Brennan search for the perfect home for their new family. (Read preview and watch clips.)

8 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | Season 6 premiere: As the TGS crew returns from holiday break, Jenna’s comments as the judge everyone loves to hate on America’s Kidz Got Singing causes Jack to question the show’s family value; Kenneth takes the day off to do his dream chores as he awaits the Rapture.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Sheldon gets in trouble with Amy when he isn’t impressed by her recent accomplishment; Howard must come to grips with Bernadette’s dislike of children. (Get more scoop.)

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie enlists everyone’s help in staging an attention-getting event; Ben explores an interesting new hobby; April and Andy adopt a pet.

8:30 pm Rob (CBS) | Premiere: In this semi-autobiographical new sitcom, Rob Schneider plays a lifelong bachelor who marries into a tight-knit Mexican-American family. Cheech Marin plays his new father-in-law.

The Secret Circle’s Grey Damon: ‘I Wouldn’t Trust Lee’

9 pm The Finder (Fox) | Series premiere: October Road‘s Geoff Stults stars as Walter Sherman, an Iraq War veteran who now uses his special skill sets to feed his compulsion to find things for people. Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), Mercedes Masohn (Chuck) and Maddie Hasson also star.

9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | When Reese works the computer while Finch does the legwork with their latest POI, Detective Carter may finally get her long-awaited glimpse into a case.

9 pm The Office (NBC) | Andy decides to get the whole office involved when Oscar joins a trivia night contest; Dwight visits Sabre headquarters to explore other job opportunities.

9:30 pm Up All Night (NBC) | New time slot! Reagan’s extreme competitiveness comes out during a game night, much to Chris’ embarrassment.

Grey’s Anatomy Romance Report: Lasting Joy for MerDer? Is Mark Secretly Pining for Lexie?

10 pm The Firm (NBC) | Time slot premiere: Mitch is forced to defend a partner’s son on a murder charge; Kinross & Grant’s reason to bring Mitch into the fold starts to surface.

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | The CBI must narrow down the long list of suspects when a divorce attorney with many enemies is killed on his boat; Jane is questioned about whether Red John was responsible for Panzer’s murder.

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Which of the above is must-see TV for you? Also, hit the Comments to politely offer tune-in suggestions of your own.

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  1. Renee says:

    Person Of Interest is FINALLY back! Looking forward to seeing what Carter does now that she knows a little piece of the truth.

    • valezza says:

      IMO Carter should’ve been killed. I didnt like that character with ghetto-queen attitude.

      • Justin says:

        Ghetto-queen attitutde?! Seriously?!! More like tough-as-nails attitude! You sound quite judgemental right now.

      • MattC says:

        “Ghetto Queen,” So what you are actually saying is you don’t like that she is black, if she acted just a little more white it would be ok though?

        • valezza says:

          Precisely. The character, as it is now, doesn’t fit quite well in to the show. That could be a miscast or the character is poorly written, or a bit of both, actually.

          • Justin says:

            There is nothing wrong with her character. It would be stupid to not have some cop looking in on what Reese and Finch are doing, whether the intentions are good or not. Last time I checked, vigilante justice isn’t usually rewarded (although in this case it should be). Whatever the case, your “ghetto-queen” comment sounds like crap. Whether black or white, this character is necessary to see the view from the other side.

  2. Ari says:

    Parks & Rec! i can’t wait! All of the clips NBC released have been hilarious! Especially Ben’s new hobby.

  3. Ugh these shakeups are rough!
    Watching Bones @ 8, DVRing BBT :(
    Watching Grey’s @ 9, DVRing Secret Circle
    Catching Up All Night online :(

  4. Anumber says:

    aww what about vampire diaries! :(

  5. Brad says:

    I’ll be on at 8pm watching a rerun of Community.

  6. Watching Vampire Diaries (albiet starting late), and will probably catch up on Parks and Rec, The Big Bang Theory, and maybe 30 Rock On Demand later. Missing Community already! :(

    • Russ says:

      Don’t worry about Community. Rob has Rob Schneider so hopefully it will suck and then they will bring Community back!

      • Rose says:

        Rob is on CBS so it doesn’t matter how much it sucks in regards to Community returning faster. Community fans need to root for the new comedies to be canceled so Community can return. For some reason the network likes Whitney and is keeping it around. I don’t find Up All Night to be funny but NBC considers it a hit. The new Chelsea show could either sink or swim but I’m hoping for sinking since it would create an opening in the schedule for Community.

  7. kirads09 says:

    No question: New POI.

  8. Saint Alicia says:

    Isn’t Grey’s new tonight? Well there’s still the Mentalist :)

    • Mike says:

      Probably is new, but that doesn’t mean thinks it’s “worth watching” in relation to other shows.

      • b says:

        It id new. He wrote a link for Grey’s and not a discription like the others. So it is there and he didn’t leave it out lol. Grey’s is BRAND spanking new and I love it.

  9. Amy says:

    Watching Grey’s Anatomy new episode tonight.

  10. Justin says:

    I’ll be watching Bones, The Finder, The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, Parks and Recreation and The Office. Thursdays are still as busy as ever for me!

  11. kevin says:

    PERSON OF INTEREST and THE MENTALIST (finally a show I’ll still be watching for the rest of the season).

  12. Pam says:

    Glad POI is back! Best new show, imo.

  13. Bella says:

    8:00, watching Bones and DVRing BBT
    9:00, watching Person of Interest and DVRing The Finder
    10:00, watching The Mentalist

  14. gcem says:

    Watching Bones and The Finder. Recording Big Bang and can’t wait for Rob! to be cancelled so Rules of Engagement can come back.

  15. MoviesForMe says:

    none of this is must-see tv any longer

    i am going to a movie and firing up the tivo for later viewing:

    8pm — BBT
    830 — P&R
    9 — Project Runway

    Im am officially quitting the OFFICE after all these years. They should have ended the run last year. Show sucks without Steve Carrell.

    I will watch 30 ROCK on demand.
    I also want to check out that PORTLANDIA show. hopefully that is on demand as well.

  16. Alex says:

    Nooooo! Why must 30 Rock be at the same time as TBBT? I guess I’ll just watch it online tomorrow. /:

  17. Brandyhandlydan4th says:

    Big bang theory, vampire diaries, secret circle

  18. Amy says:

    I’ll be watching Community. Oh wait..
    God I miss my show so much

  19. b says:

    Looooove Thursdays.
    8: big bang, rob! (Curious to see if he can be funny in a Tv show and not just movies) on demand later is bones
    9: Grey’s
    10: pp

  20. kaur says:

    8: bbt, rob! On demand later: bones
    9: Grey’s
    10: pp

    Soooo much

  21. Amanda says:

    I miss Community

  22. Babygate says:

    Any particular reason for the blatant lack of Greys love? Tonight the docs are operating on conjoined twins but somehow Up All Night is more watch worthy? My suspicions are conformed: TV Line does not like Greys….

    • Danielle H says:

      TVLINE is obsessed with Grey’s. And he links the stories he writes during the week as part of what to watch, he just doesn’t list them out. He’s said this 40 times, lol.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        Well, seeing as TVLine just turned a year old, probably a good 100 times ;) But thanks for having our back!

  23. pv says:

    ‘Cause that comment isn’t laced with racism at allllllll

  24. Lisa says:

    It’s unfortunate that 30 Rock and Parks & Rec interferes with Vampire Diaries and Bones. Vamps and Bones wins my viewership. I will have to watch 30 Rock and Parks & Rec online.

  25. Lisa says:

    Vamp Diaries
    Secret Circle

  26. Anon says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    The Secret Circle
    DVRing: Person of Interest

  27. cammie says:

    Oh what a fantastic Thursday it will be! Bones, BBT, POI, Mentalist.. which to DVR?? ohh the choices.

  28. Buffy Freak says:

    I just saw the Bones episode where they launced The Finder. God what a horrible show! I’ll be watching 30 Rock and Parks and Rec then Project Runway.

  29. amberjj says:

    Bones, Greys, and then PP!!

  30. Melanie says:

    The Mentalist
    Private Practice

    I love Thursdays!

  31. em says:

    Parks and Rec, TVD, maybe The Office.

  32. TheDude says:

    Holy crap man….Thursdays are jam packed this winter….I will be DVRing the CW and CBS Blocks and watching NBC and Fox stuff later because theyre available on demand for me. That’s like 9 hours of programming just on Thursday night.

  33. Sarah says:

    I will be watching 30 Rock! so happy its back!