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.

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32 Comments
  1. Anon says:

    THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE SECRET CIRCLE, and AWAKE all LIVE!!

    On my DVR: Touch

  2. Emily says:

    Touch and Awake. My past love for Thursdays has been renewed!

  3. Annie says:

    Looking forward to Awake. Love me some Jason Isaacs.

  4. Brandy says:

    VD, Secret Circle

  5. kevin says:

    TOUCH & AWAKE.

  6. JJ says:

    Touch, VD, Missing and UAN for me tonight

  7. Lani says:

    Is The Mentalist new tonight?

  8. Juan says:

    No Office?

  9. Suzeq says:

    Will watch some of the NBC comedies and won’t miss Awake, but I’ll be very happy when “March Madness” is over!

  10. sarah says:

    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.

  11. Brendan says:

    Can’t wait for Archer tonight!

  12. Carol C says:

    Touch and Awake. Love them both.

  13. m says:

    damn u ncaa i want the big bang theory

  14. Eliza says:

    Community, always. :)

  15. Dani says:

    Looking forward to Awake! Hear it’s a great ep.

  16. Meghan says:

    Community. Touch. Awake. Thursday night tv is alive again, huzzah!

  17. Its about Time Keifer says:

    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.

    • rubytu says:

      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.

  18. 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.

  19. Anonymous says:

    When does Grey’s come back? I hate that they just had a break, then they show an episode, then take another break.

    • Fido says:

      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.

  20. juan says:

    just missing and awake since no grey’s or private practice sadly

  21. Justin says:

    Just Missing for me.

  22. Amber says:

    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.

  23. Human Being says:

    Ohhh, that joke Joel McHale made on The Soup last night about him doing celebrity impersonations totally makes sense now.

  24. Lucy says:

    Missing for me (:

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