The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: NBC 30 Rocks extra-hard, The Finder gets looped into a Cinderella story, Showtime goes Inside Comedy with Seinfeld and Rickles, and more. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The judges hear another round of good, bad and outrageous tryouts, this time in Galveston, Tex. (Read Michael Slezak’s Night 4/Aspen recap.)

8 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | Jack faces off with nemesis Devin Banks (guest star Will Arnett) and Liz’s new boyfriend (James Marsden). (But wait, there’s more 30 Rock at 9 o’clock….)

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Leonard and Penny experiment with dating, while Raj develops a peculiar relationship with his phone’s virtual assistant. (You may know her as Siri.)

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie and Ben hold a bowling party after hearing feedback from a focus group; April, Chris, Donna and Jerry wager to see who can raise the most campaign money.

8:30 pm Rob (CBS) | After Rob and Maggie disagree over a pillow, Rosa and Fernando teach them that their first fight will determine who has all of the power in their relationship.

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9 pm The Finder (Fox) | Walter assists with an unusual Cinderella story as a NASA scientist searches for the matching shoe of a red stiletto left behind by a woman he met at a bar.

9 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | In the second of tonight’s two new episodes, Liz borrows from Jack’s own playbook to handle her contract negotiations.

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10 pm Archer (FX) | Cyril is promoted to field agent and Malory institutes a strict drug-testing policy — neither of which sits well with the staff of ISIS.

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11 pm Inside Comedy (Showtime) | Series premiere: Comedy legends share with host David Steinberg (Curb Your Enthusiasm) defining moments, influences and struggles from their careers. The opener features Jerry Seinfeld and Don Rickles.

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

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  1. kirads09 says:

    Only The Big Bang Theory for me.
    I guess I will catch up on DVR or a movie.
    Kinda feeling put out no new POI.

  2. Craig says:

    Yay for The Finder!

  3. Ari says:

    Sad that there is no new TVD today! I can’t wait for Elijah’s first full episode back! Guess I’m going to watch Parks & Rec live for once and TBBT too!

  4. Wonder why they’re showing 2 episodes of 30 Rock? I’m guessing that preempts The Office? I’ll watch (at some point) The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, and Parks and Rec. Sad there’s no new Vampire Diaries tonight!

  5. Bobbi says:

    Only Project Runway for me! Didn’t even make your list.

  6. Liz says:

    DVR catchup night. Absolutely nothing worth my time. Not even a TVD repeat.

  7. Kendal says:

    Just Parks and Rec for me this evening.

  8. umbrella says:

    These are the must-sees on my Thursday list and they didn’t even make your’s!

    The Mentalist, Person of Interest, Bones, American Idol, Project Runway All Stars, Private Practice, The Firm.

    I wish they would spread some of these shows around to fall on different nights.

    • Danielle H says:

      Most things are in repeats this week i.e. my entire lineup TVD, Grey’s, SC, PP, The Mentalist. They’ll be back next week. Movie night FTW.

  9. pv says:

    Same! I was looking forward to a new POI. Same with The Mentalist

  10. kevin says:

    None to watch tonight since PERSON OF INTEREST & THE MENTALIST are on repeat mode but I’ll watch them both next week (Groundhog Day) with new episodes for the beginning of February sweeps.

  11. Nicole says:

    Parks & Rec and then watching the Netflix dvd that’s been giving me side-eye from the coffee table for two weeks.

  12. l says:

    Just big bang. I wanna see if rob gets any better. Y is nothing on tonite? More specifically ybe shows I always watch.

  13. Brandy says:

    Big bang theory. Sad no vd or sc tonight.

  14. Justin says:

    Tonight, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation and The Finder are on my list. Shame that there’s no new Person of Interest or The Office tonight.

  15. gcem says:

    The Big Bang and The Finder for me.

  16. Velvet says:

    Why is there no Vampire Diaries this week? Did I miss a memo?

  17. Velvet says:

    30 Rock
    Parks & Rec
    The Finder

  18. chase says:

    Only Big Bang Theory for me.

  19. Whovian says:

    I will catch up with Justified and White Collar on TiVo

  20. Sheldon W. says:

    So, then, Inside Comedy is actually airing on a network. I was wondering, because in your ‘What To Watch Tonight’ box, it’s the only show that doesn’t have a network listed [as if it was being beamed directly to the brains of those who were interested…]

    You might want to fix that.

  21. Russ says:

    Why does NBC need 2 episodes of 30 rock and 0 episodes of Community. WTF?