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.
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.
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.
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