The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: The Big Bang Theory hits 100 episodes, 30 Rock‘s Tracy goes on a rant, Reese has an Interest-ing confrontation and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked to within), here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

Secret Circle: Scoop on Jake’s ‘Game-Changing’ Return and His ‘Love’ of the Circle

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The auditions continue on to Pittsburgh in the Part 2 of Season 11’s three-night premiere. (Read Slezak’s Night 1 recap.)

8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Bonnie believes her dreams about Klaus’ coffins will tell her how he can be killed; said dreams also lead her to a reunion with her estranged mother (guest star Persia White, Girlfriends). Tyler turns to an unexpected ally in his quest to regain his free will. (Check out some hot Vampire pics.)

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Everything might change when Leonard offers Penny a spur-of-the-moment invitation to a romantic dinner for two on the hitcom’s 100th episode. (See Favorite Moments photo gallery.)

8 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | Liz attempts damage control when a video of Tracy’s offensive, Christian Bale-esque rant leaks onto the web; Jack’s refusal to approve of Liz’s new boyfriend (X-Men‘s James Marsden) makes her question the validity of her relationship; Kenneth and Jenna call on Kelsey Grammer when a problem arises that only the Best Friends Gang can handle.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie and Ben disagree on the content of her first campaign ad; Ron is very uncomfortable when Chris literally! tries to befriend him.

First Look Video: The Finder Gets Analyzed By Bones‘ Dr. Sweets

9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | When Carter finally comes face-to-face with Reese, he urges her to help their latest POI: a young woman from the wrong side of the tracks who turned her life around and became a lawyer.

9:30 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Megan Mullally continues her guest-starring rounds as a rival talk-show host suspected of stealing Ava and Reagan’s ideas.

Grey’s Anatomy‘s Kim Raver: Teddy’s Grief Fuels ‘Intense, Surprising’ Changes for Her and Owen

10 pm Private Practice (ABC) | Just as Violet’s personal life takes a turn for the better, a woman from her past arrives, both pregnant and badly beaten; Cooper, Charlotte and Amelia counsel Erica on the toughest decision of her life; Addison and Jake meet with potential surrogates.

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | With very little evidence, Jane and the CBI investigate the death of a mob boss’ son; Van Pelt, while taking an eyewitness in for questioning, is haunted by the memories of O’Laughlin’s shooting. Eric Winter returns as O’Laughlin.

10 pm Archer (FX) | Season 3.5 premiere: Archer is shocked to learn that his mother is dating his idol/hero/man-crush, Burt Reynolds.

10:30 pm Unsupervised (FX) | In this new animated series, eternally-optimistic best friends Gary (Justin Long) and Joel (It’s Always Sunny‘s David Hornsby) navigate the harsh landscape of teenage life without any parental guidance whatsoever. Kristen Bell (House of Lies), Romany Malco (Weeds), Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Fred Armisen (Portlandia) also lend their voices.

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. Toto says:

    TBBT then switch to the second half of AI, The Finder, and The Mentalist. A good night for TV.

  2. Delirious says:

    Speaking of The Finder… No “3 episode free pass” for them? :P

  3. kevin says:

    PERSON OF INTEREST and THE MENTALIST. Time for Plan B for ROB if CBS has the guts to show how bad a Schneider sitcom can be.

  4. Meghan says:

    Huh.. only The Mentalist tonight, apparently. Here’s hoping Community comes back soon.

  5. Bad Breaker says:

    TVD but that’s about it for me tonight. I will probably play catch-up on the dvr with Shameless, Revenge and Justified.

  6. Arg, there’s way too much on Thursdays! I want to see The Vampire Diaries, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and The Big Bang Theory. I’ll probably end up watching most of it On Demand, and DVR The Vampire Diaries and The Big Bang Theory.

  7. Ari says:

    I laughed just at the blurb for this week’s Parks & Rec. It’s bound to be great! I’m excited for TVD too!

  8. kirads09 says:

    Big Bang’s 100th
    Person of Interest
    DVR The Mentalist for catch up in the near future

  9. Brandy says:

    Big bang, vd, secret circle

  10. GK says:

    For me, TVD, Person of Interest and The Mentalist tonight. Btw, Mentalist is on CBS, not NBC!

  11. LC says:

    Was the omission of Grey’s an oversight or are we saying it’s not worth watching tonight? Just checkin’!

    • Renee says:

      Greys has a separate article written about it and the link is listed in blue. When there is a separate article, only the link is provided here. Also, different shows are highlighted each week.

    • CJ says:

      Since this happens every day, I’ve come to the conclusion that most of us have trained ourselves to overlook links which lie outside bodies of text–our eyes have learned to see them as ads.

  12. John says:

    So tonight’s the night 30 Rock meta-addresses Tracy Morgan’s stuff from earlier this year…curious to see how they handle it.

  13. L says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    30 Rock
    Parks & Rec
    The Secret Circle
    The Finder (only for Sweets)

  14. Pam says:

    PoI for certain and tBBT. It’s funny because I have not watched Grey’s in years (since the entire Washington, Heigl, Knight) debacle but I am watching it again. It is definitely over-dramatic but I am so sucked in.

  15. Renee says:

    So looking forward to Person Of Interest!

  16. tvaddict says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    The Secret Circle
    30 Rock
    Parks & Rec
    Grey’s Anatomy

  17. Loni says:

    What about The Firm? Is it on tonight?

  18. Joy says:

    Watch Person of Interest, TBBT, both watch and DVR The Mentalist to watch again.
    As someone else mentioned, CB S, Not NBC.

  19. l says:

    rob (see if it gets any better)
    private practice

    Love Thursday’s!!!

  20. Justin says:

    I’ll be watching The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and The Finder. Another busy Thursday for me!

  21. Josh says:

    Got Vampire Diaries Secret Circle and The Big Bang Theory taping on the DVR

  22. Madison says:

    TBBT and “The Mentalist” tonight for me.