The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: Parks and Rec‘s Leslie and Ben have an awkward dinner (thanks to Louis C.K.!), the Private Practice gang takes a trip to Seattle Grace, The Secret Circle tries to rescue a captured member and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features, here are eight programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The Hollywood Round continues. Check out Michael Slezak’s up-to-date coverage and watch the latest episode of TVLine’s Idology.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | When an office at the university opens up, Sheldon must compete for it with his archenemy, Kripke; Amy’s gift makes Penny uncomfortable.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | While trying to get an endorsement from the Chief of Police, Leslie and Ben awkwardly run into Leslie’s old flame (guest star Louis CK); Andy works on a theme song for Leslie’s campaign. (Check out photos!)

Vampire Diaries‘ Daniel Gillies on Elijah’s ‘Terrifying’ Fate and ‘Hell to Pay’ With Elena

9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | Reese discovers there’s more to the story after he infiltrates a smuggling ring to get close to his latest POI. Annie Parisse and Susan Misner reprise their roles of Stanton and Jessica.

9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Crossover, Part 1: In a final attempt to save Erica’s life, Private Practice‘s Amelia arrives at Seattle Grace, begging Derek for help with a case; Cristina and Owen’s marriage counseling sessions get heated; Alex works on his bedside manner. (Check out photos!)

9 pm The Secret Circle (The CW) | Blackwell (played by Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman‘s Joe Lando) shows up on Cassie’s doorstep, but before she can storm off, she is captured by Eben and his band of witch hunters. Jake offers to trade himself for Cassie’s freedom.

9:30 pm Up All Night (NBC) | It’s Reagan and Chris versus the airport when they travel with baby Amy for the first time; Ava agrees to be the minister for the wedding of her former band mate (guest star Alanis Morissette).

Exclusive Video: Look Who’s Back on The Office!

10 pm Private Practice (ABC) | Crossover, Part 2: Cooper and Charlotte take Erica to Grey’s Anatomy‘s Seattle Grace Hospital to meet with Derek, Lexie and Amelia regarding a very risky surgery; Sheldon warns Sam to be cautious as he deals with the return of his sister (Good Wife alum Anika Noni Rose). (Get scoop here!)

Morena Baccarin Teases ‘Intense’ Reunion With The Mentalist: ‘Erica Flynn Surprises Herself!’

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

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. kevin says:

    Person of Interest & The Mentalist. 14 days until the debut of Awake.

  2. tvaddict says:

    Can’t wait for Secret Circle & Parks and Rec. Also watching Vampire Diaries, 30 Rock, and Grey’s

  3. Kelly says:

    You forgot a little show called Person of Interest. Only 15 million viewers but it’s still not worth mentioning on this site. Not sure what it more it has to do to get the respect it deserves. Did Reese kneecap you at some point?

    • Leah says:

      Person Of Interest is listed…

      • Ali says:

        POI and Grey’s aren’t listed on the mobile version of this article. Not sure why.
        I do a agree though there seems to be a lack of love for POI on this site. The only time they ever mention it is on Thursdays to say it’s on, and then post the ratings on Friday. Other than that the show is practically ignored. Whatevs, the show seems to be taking off despite the lack of hype.

  4. Ari says:

    Vampire Diaries!!!! ELIJAH!!!! Then Parks & Rec, Communit…oh wait Community is benched. So just TVD and P&R.

  5. Sue says:

    Thursday is just like Monday…To many shows to watch and not enough time.
    For me: Vampire Diaries, Big Bang, Grey’s Anatomy, Person of Interest and I guess Private Practice.

  6. rci205 says:

    You guys never mention THE VAMPIRE DIARIES! Look at the comments, that is clearly the best show on Thursday nights :)
    Surprised you would mention The Secret Circle but overlook TVD, I watch TSC but its kind of terrible compared to the superior Vampire Diaries.
    But agreed, Thursday is a rough night for me! Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, Greys Anatomy, American Idol, Jersey Shore. So much to watch but so little time! Thank god for DVR

    • Hey Babe, says:

      They DO mention TVD, almost every week. It is there, look at the link. If there is a solo story they link to it instead of mention it in the text of the article.

      • lauren says:

        Is it me or do these complainers make no sense. I’d rather get a big story on My Show than just a little blurb. I love that there’s a VD article every week!

  7. Velvet says:

    Alyse: You FORGOT TO LIST 30 Rock, Vampire Diaries and Swamp People

  8. Velvet says:

    30 Rock
    Parks & Rec
    Vampire Diaries
    Swamp People
    The Secret Cirlce

  9. kirads09 says:

    Big Bang Theory
    Person of Interest
    (Thursday night must see TV for me!)

  10. JAO says:

    Vampire Diaries! Secret Circle! Person of Interest! DVR Mentalist and Big Bang Theory…

  11. intelliwoman says:

    With the exception of POI Thursday nite has become a nothing night. Greys and PP jumped the shark years ago and the tween shows (VD, SC) are for exactly that – tweens

  12. Bella says:

    The Big Bang Theory
    Person of Interest
    The Mentalist

  13. Anon says:

    The Vampire Diaries and definitely The Secret Circle. I cannot miss the return of John Blackwell (Joe Lando) in tonight’s TSC. Also Lee’s storyline also heats up in tonight’s episode and Faye’s going to have to confront that! I can’t wait to see how it all plays out tonight!
    If you watch TVD and TSC, then watch it LIVE tonight!
    On my DVR as well tonight will be Person of Interest.

  14. chris says:

    You forgot Impractical Jokers!!

  15. Justin says:

    I’ll be watching Person of Interest, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, and The Office.

  16. G says:

    The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, Big Bang Theory, Rob, and Person of Interst.

  17. Liz says:

    The Vampir Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, and I guess since it’s such a big crossover I’ll be watching Private Practice as well.

  18. Too much to watch tonight! I will see Vampire Diaries live/late via DVR, and then catch up on 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, and The Big Bang Theory either Friday or over the weekend.

  19. Danielle H says:

    TVD, Grey’s, PP, save the Mentalist for the weekend w/ my fiancee like always.
    Last week’s TSC was my last; I just never could get into it all the way, it is too juvenile. The CW does some things great, and others just miss the mark. TVD is amazing TV, I just wish TSC could have been more like it.

  20. Leah says:

    NBC Comedies followed by The Mentalist for me.

  21. Chmarin says:

    ARCHER! C’mon, that show is must-watch television.
    Plus, Parks & Rec, 30 Rock and Idol for me.

  22. scott says:

    TH FINDER is better and better each week. A entertaining show that doesn’t have to take itself too seriously. Really surprised because i didn’t really like it when they previewed it on BONES.

  23. Vannesa says:

    The Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, The Finder. My PVR will be buys tonight like it is every Thursday.