The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: American Idol‘s first votes are in, a slew of guests stop by 30 Rock, Parks and Rec and Up All Night, Awake begins a tale of two realities and more. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | After America’s votes reveal the first set of finalists, those that remain have one last chance to compete for the judges’ wild card picks. (Check out Michael Slezak’s recaps of the Top 12 females and Top 13 males, and the most recent episode of Idology.)

8 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | In order to hide his relationship with Lynn (guest star Susan Sarandon), Frank convinces his mother (Tony winner Patti LuPone) that he is dating Liz; Jack teaches Kenneth how to take down his first business nemesis.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie and Ben are caught off guard when her opponent Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd) hires a powerful Washington campaign manager (played by Kathryn Hahn, Crossing Jordan); Chris forces Ron to start interviewing replacements for Leslie.

8:30 pm Rob (CBS) | Season 1 finale: Rob’s usually cold and distant father (guest star Fred Willard) turns on the charm during a visit, bonding more with Maggie’s family than he ever has with son.

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9:30 pm Up All Night (NBC) | After Reagan and Ava’s idol (played by Nurse Jackie‘s Eve Best) acquires the show, the team gets more than they expected from their new ex-military boss (Rescue Me‘s Steven Pasquale); Chris and Reed (guest star Will Forte) decide to refurbish a motorcycle.

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10 pm Awake (NBC) | Series premiere: After a tragic car accident, police detective Michael Britten (Brotherhood‘s Jason Issacs) finds himself toggling between two realities: one where his wife perished in the crash, and another where it was their son who died. (Read our review.)

10 pm Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards (ABC) | For those who are not night owls, here’s a rebroadcast of the late-night host’s star-studded special, featuring the trailer for Movie: The Movie and other comedy bits.

10 pm Archer (FX) | Archer’s sex life compromises his effectiveness as an agent — but more seriously than the countless other times.

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

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  1. All my favorite shows are running repeats :(

    So, it’ll be Up All Night, which I’m glad to watch live again, and Awake, which i’m really excited for

  2. Mary says:

    Community comes back in exactly 2 weeks!

  3. What?! says:

    NBC all night for me. 30 Rock, P&R, Office (really looking forward to them opening the Sabre store), and Up All Night. Then the dat I’ve been waiting for (since 3 weeks ago) has arrived…finally Awake is premiering!!!

  4. Bella says:

    I’m watching Awake at 10:00. Other than that, I’m watching shows I DVRd earlier this week.

  5. Rax says:

    Slow Thursday! No Grey’s, no PPP , no Secret Circle!

  6. Mike says:

    Here’s hoping Awake gets the numbers it deserves. The pilot episode is brilliant and there is lots of potential for the concept. May just have to watch it again tonight even though the statistic won’t be recorded by Nielsen. :)

  7. kevin says:

    Must see tonight: AWAKE. Thursday night sitcom most likely getting canceled: Rob.

  8. Velvet says:

    30 Rock
    Parks & Rec
    Swamp People

  9. Richard says:

    Project Runway: All Stars – 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

  10. Freedomwatcher38 says:

    Would rather watch a repeat of TBBT than Idol :) so my shows are TBBT and Archer screw Idol.

  11. Velvet says:

    I won’t be watching Awake. An “emotional tour de force” sounds more weighty than I care for. I’ve got plenty of shows to keep be busy enough. I would rather watch Supernatural repeats (TNT/CW).

  12. Justin says:

    Slow Thursday for me. Just Parks and Recreation and The Office are on my radar tonight.

  13. TheBeach says:

    Is this another Vampire Diaries re-run?

  14. G says:

    Looks like all my normal shows except “Rob” are either repeats or not on tonight. So will watch “Rob” and work on catching up with the DVR tonight.

  15. Mike B says:

    Thursday is so much better with Rules of engagement.