The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: 30 Rocks with Jim Carrey, a Friday Night Lights fave is a Person of Interest, The Mentalist faces a familiar nemesis and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features, here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The first phase of the competition comes to an end as the judges reveal their final selections for this season’s Top 24.

8 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | Tracy rallies the writers to help him use a nearly-expired Benihana gift card worth so much that it will take a Leap Day miracle to spend; Liz helps Jenna seduce an Internet billionaire. Jim Carrey and Andie MacDowell (Jane By Design) guest-star.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Sheldon’s life is turned upside-down when his regular barber gets sick; astronaut training causes Wolowitz to rethink his decision to go into space.

8:30 pm Rob (CBS) | After Rosa kicks Fernando and Hector out, the guys move in with Rob and begin enjoying the romantic activities he originally planned for Maggie.

Bones‘ T.J. Thyne Has Fun Helping The Finder: Unlike Booth, Walter Takes Hodgins Seriously

9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | The Machine leads Reese and Finch to Wall Street when a sharp young investment bank trader (played by Friday Night Lights’ Matt Lauria) becomes embroiled in a multi-million dollar scam. Rescue Me‘s John Scurti and Loving‘s Noelle Beck also guest-star.

9 pm The Office (NBC) | In Tallahassee, Dwight and Todd Packer compete to become Nellie’s (guest star Catherine Tate) Vice President, and Jim gets an unwelcome visitor in his hotel room.

Grey’s Anatomy Sneak Peek: Tonight, [Spoiler] Turns Violent

10 pm Private Practice (ABC) | Sam tries to take care of his sister Corinne, but her mental condition makes that nearly impossible; Sheldon learns that Amelia has life-changing news.

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Jane is reunited with nemesis Bret Stiles (guest star Malcolm McDowell, Franklin & Bash), when the head of an anti-cult activist organization is murdered. Louise Lombard (CSI) also guest-stars.

10 pm Archer (FX) | Archer must help Gillette save his younger brother from a crooked sheriff in the backwoods of West Virginia.

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:

    Thursday Night for me is CBS!
    Big Bang Theory (Dear God, how I adore Sheldon and Jim Parsons!)
    Person of Interest is can’t miss
    The Mentalist

  2. Matthew says:

    I can not wait for The Big Bang Theory it sounds hilarious tonight

  3. kevin says:

    Person of Interest with FNL alum Matt Lauria (still needs to find his own series) and The Mentalist with the return of Malcolm McDowell. So excited for the debut of Awake next Thursday. :)

    • Kate says:

      Adored FNL alum Matt Lauria in Chicago Code. Was actually blown away by how completely different and years older he seemed. Too bad it was cancelled, it showed a lot of promise.

  4. Pash says:

    No Parks & Rec tonight? Now that TVD is on hiatus I was looking forward to watching P&R live!

  5. Chmarin says:

    How can you put ROB on this list, but not Parks & Rec? O_o Seriously.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Can’t wait for a Sheldon-centric Big Bang Theory and then over to ABC to watch Grey’s and Private Practice.

  7. Little Scarf Girl says:

    Since Vampire Diaries isn’t new, I’ll probably DVR and/or watch 30 Rock, Big Bang, and Parks and Rec.

  8. dee says:

    Mr. Reese plays GOLF?
    Can’t see it.

  9. GS says:

    THIS! Actually glad Vampire Diaries is a rerun so I can watch BBT!

  10. dref22 says:

    Where is State Senator Robert Lipton?

  11. apor says:

    CBS all the way….
    POI is by far the best new drama of the season.

  12. guest says:

    Seriously you have the Office as worth watching but nothing about Grey?!

    • TinCan says:

      Matt, there seems to be at least one clueless person a day with your formatting links to shows.
      I suggest you turn off centering and add the program’s start time to the links.
      Just saying…

  13. Steph says:

    Grey’s Anatomy and then The Mentalist.

  14. Velvet says:

    30 Rock
    Parks & Rec
    The Finder
    Swamp People

  15. King says:

    Like every Wednesday and Friday, Thursday is an all-CBS night for me – The Big Bang Theory, Rob, Person of Interest and The Mentalist! Also The Office and The Finder.

  16. l says:

    BBT looks hilarious..cant wait.
    Then over to ABC for Grey’s and private practice.
    Love Thursday!!!!!

  17. Lauren K says:

    I’ll be watching Project Runway All-stars and that’s it.

  18. aftvjunkie says:

    My Thursday Night
    The Big Bang
    Greys Anatomy
    Private Practice
    Oh how i love Thursdays !!

  19. jenna says:

    Big Bang Theory for me. This season has been pretty week overall for me but last week’s episode was hilarious so hoping that continues this week!

  20. shuayb says:

    Is The Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, Grey’s Anatomy not worth watching? Snobs!

    • G says:

      TVD and TSC are both in hiatus until mid-March. They don’t normally list repeats in the worth watching list, unless it is summertime or a r e a l l y slow night. :)

    • Ari says:

      Plus TVline is REALLY good to TVD. Like of all the entertainment websites I visit regularly, TVLine mentions it most. They are anything but snobs.

    • ANC says:

      not when they are on hiatus and TVD is up here nearly every week so I wouldn’t characterize TVLine as snobs they are very supportive of all three of these shows.

  21. Richard says:

    Project Runway: Allstars

  22. Julie says:

    BBT looks like it’ll be one of those goody ones especially if it’s something about Sheldon that doesn’t go with its routine…
    Other than that it’ll be a quiet evening for sure :)

  23. Danielle H says:

    Trying to figure out how Amelia is pregnant.. can’t remember who she’s slept with since her dead boyfriend..

  24. Balaji K says:

    Parks & Rec
    Person of Interest
    The Mentalist
    The Finder

  25. Justin says:

    The Finder, Person of Interest, Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, and The Office. Man, I love Thursdays!

  26. G says:

    Big Bang Theory, Rob, Person of Interest, then maybe catch up on my overloaded DVR.

  27. Linda says:

    Rob over Parks & Rec? You gotta be f-ing kidding me! bye

  28. Bella says:

    Gonzaga v. BYU BB game
    Person of Interest
    The Mentalist

  29. Delirious says:

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s sad that Andie MacDowell has to be referred to as “Andie MacDowell (Jane By Design)”? Just sayin’…

  30. Madison says:

    BBT and “The Mentalist” for me tonight. I really hope there’s some good Lisbon time coming up. She’s been barely there lately-miss her and her awesome self. BBT sounds like it’s gonna be great. Looking forward to it. :)