The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: Kiefer Sutherland’s special Touch returns, the Community gang plays dress up, Project Runway and Archer finish their finales, Awake does a double-take and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

7 pm NCAA Basketball Tournament: Syracuse vs. Wisconsin (CBS) | March Madness continues with Sweet 16 action, this match-up featuring Orangeman Matt Mitovich’s alma mater. Then at 9:30 pm, it’s Cincinnati vs. Ohio State.

The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley Reveals Why Stefan/Elena Fans Shouldn’t Lose Hope

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The contestants move into single digits after tonight’s live elimination. Check out Michael Slezak’s Idology interview with Shannon Magrane and his most recent recap, and then vote in our Top 10 poll!

8 pm Missing (ABC) | As the search for her son continues, Becca makes a deal with the head of French Intelligence (onetime 24 baddie Joaquim de Almeida) — but the agreement comes with serious moral complications.

8 pm Community (NBC) | To help Abed get out of debt, the study group dons costumes and goes to work for his onetime boss (3rd Rock From the Sun‘s French Stewart) as celebrity impersonators — triggering dangerous levels of narcissism in Jeff.

The Secret Circle‘s Phoebe Tonkin Talks Faye’s New Foe and the Curse That Will Kill [Spoiler]

9 pm Touch (Fox) | Time slot premiere: Martin (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is led to a pawn shop where a robbery connects a distraught flight attendant in New York, a son visiting from India to spread his father’s ashes, a magician in Moscow, a cancer patient and a mobster in the Bronx.

9 pm Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) | In Part 2 of the finale, the final three present their signature collections. Guest judges include Tommy Hilfiger and Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing. (Read Michael Slezak’s Part 1 recap.)

9:30 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Ava’s dad (Happy Days‘ Henry Winkler) visits with his family, who seem to be more interested in meeting celebrities — like her rival, guest star Sharon Osbourne — than Ava.

Save the Dates: March’s Big Premieres and Finales!

10 pm Awake (NBC) | While investigating an alleged suicide in the “red” world, Britten runs into Rex’s former babysitter (General Hospital‘s Brianna Brown). Later, he is taken aback to see the very different path the young woman took in the other reality.

10 pm Archer (FX) | Season 3 finale: Archer and his colleagues wish they had never voyaged to the final frontier in an effort to prevent a catastrophe on the International Space Station.

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

Comments (32)

  • Missing

    Comment by kirads09 – March 22, 2012 08:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    On my DVR: Touch

    Comment by Anon – March 22, 2012 08:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Touch and Awake. My past love for Thursdays has been renewed!

    Comment by Emily – March 22, 2012 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looking forward to Awake. Love me some Jason Isaacs.

    Comment by Annie – March 22, 2012 08:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • VD, Secret Circle

    Comment by Brandy – March 22, 2012 08:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by kevin – March 22, 2012 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Touch, VD, Missing and UAN for me tonight

    Comment by JJ – March 22, 2012 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is The Mentalist new tonight?

    Comment by Lani – March 22, 2012 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not unless they’re interrupting the NCAA games for it :)

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – March 22, 2012 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Office?

    Comment by Juan – March 22, 2012 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will watch some of the NBC comedies and won’t miss Awake, but I’ll be very happy when “March Madness” is over!

    Comment by Suzeq – March 22, 2012 09:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looking forward as always to The Vampire Diaries and Awake. I am still watching Secret Circle and hope it gets better, each week it does, but with Nick back it will be super good toinight.

    Comment by sarah – March 22, 2012 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait for Archer tonight!

    Comment by Brendan – March 22, 2012 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Touch and Awake. Love them both.

    Comment by Carol C – March 22, 2012 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • damn u ncaa i want the big bang theory

    Comment by m – March 22, 2012 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community, always. :)

    Comment by Eliza – March 22, 2012 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looking forward to Awake! Hear it’s a great ep.

    Comment by Dani – March 22, 2012 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community. Touch. Awake. Thursday night tv is alive again, huzzah!

    Comment by Meghan – March 22, 2012 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yes! and In Plain Sight

      Comment by rubytu – March 22, 2012 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is the episode of “Touch” finally a new one? Or is it the pilot again, that has been floating around for a couple of months? It was a good show to begin with, but the 2-3month delay has sort of waned my interest. To be honest, your article reminded me of it because I forgot about it. Thursdays is not the best of days to air, but OnDemand will have it tomorrow.

    Comment by Its about Time Keifer – March 22, 2012 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know, right? Fox has done that a lot lately with shows, advertise them as new episodes and they’re not new. Hard to trust what they say. So, I looked it up on imdb and it is indeed a new episode.

      Comment by rubytu – March 22, 2012 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a heads-up (since it doesn’t seem to be mentioned anywhere ;) ) there are 2 new episodes of 30 Rock on tonight, instead of The Office. I plan to watch Vampire Diaries, Community, 30 Rock, and Awake.

    Comment by Little Scarf Girl – March 22, 2012 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When does Grey’s come back? I hate that they just had a break, then they show an episode, then take another break.

    Comment by Anonymous – March 22, 2012 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My schedule has it down for April 5th. :)

      as for what I’ll be a-watching – Awake and Community and (kickass) Missing. Will give Touch a try but found the pilot did kinda streeeeetttttccccchhhh out the interconnectiveness of things… just a tad, a realllyy big tad at that, but it’s got Keifer so I’ll give it another shot.

      Comment by Fido – March 22, 2012 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • just missing and awake since no grey’s or private practice sadly

    Comment by juan – March 22, 2012 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just Missing for me.

    Comment by Justin – March 22, 2012 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ah, so this must be the episode where we get to see Britta dress up as Michael Jackson. I am intrigued, and also a little frightened, of seeing this. NBC, please renew this show! I’m not quite ready to graduate Greendale.

    Comment by Amber – March 22, 2012 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ohhh, that joke Joel McHale made on The Soup last night about him doing celebrity impersonations totally makes sense now.

    Comment by Human Being – March 22, 2012 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Missing for me (:

    Comment by Lucy – March 22, 2012 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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