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.
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.
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.
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.