The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: Big Bang Theory is in a state of Spock, John Goodman goads Community into an epic pillow fight, Rules of Engagement returns with a scavenger hunt, Punk’d returns from a five-year hiatus and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

6 pm 106 & Park (BET) | In the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, BET News teams with 106 & Park to explore the issue of racial profiling, with award-winning journalist T.J. Holmes and a panel of special guests sharing their knowledge on this serious subject.

 2012 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Axed? What’s on the Bubble?

8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | After Klaus threatens someone close to Bonnie, she is forced to work on the spell he needs; Stefan’s emotional turmoil leads him to a dangerous confrontation with Klaus and a heartbreaking moment with Elena.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, as Sheldon is haunted by Mr. Spock (voiced by Leonard Nimoy) after Penny buys him and Leonard Star Trek collectibles; Raj decides he has met the “Future Mrs. Koothrappali” after his parents set him up on a blind date.

8 pm Community (NBC) | In Part 1 of the epic pillow-and-blanket fort competition, Shirley, Piece and Britta battle against Greendale’s Subway shop, while Vice Dean Laybourne (John Goodman) plots to lure Troy to the Air Conditioning Repair Annex.

8:30 pm Rules of Engagement (CBS) | Season 6.5 premiere: In order to convince Audrey he is making an effort in their relationship, Jeff sends her on a romantic scavenger hunt — with mixed results; Adam leads Russell to believe that Jen has a sex tape. (Read preview!)

Exclusive 30 Rock Video: Tracy Has Tax Troubles – and Duchess Kate Middleton (?!) Is to Blame

9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | The Machine’s latest number presents a unique challenge for Reese and Finch since the person has virtually no digital footprint – and appears to be leading a double life. The Wire‘s Seth Gilliam and 24 alums Sarah Wynter and Rhys Coiro guest-star.

9 pm Touch (Fox) | Martin learns more about how Jake’s obsession with numbers works when he meets a homeless man (Felicity‘s Rob Benedict) with the same gift.

Awake‘s Laura Allen: The Brittens’ Marriage Is Tested, and ‘Michael Goes Into a Bit of a Tailspin’
Awake First Look Video: Britten’s ‘Hunches’ Land Him In the FBI’s Crosshairs 

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | While investigating the murder of a casino employee, Jane runs into a magician he used to tour with and discovers he is hiding a shocking secret. Stargate SG-1‘s Christopher Judge guest-stars.

10 pm Punk’d (MTV) | After a five-year sabbatical, Ashton Kutcher passes the torch to a different celebrity host each week. Justin Bieber is up first, pranking friends Taylor Swift, Rob Dyrdek and Sean Kingston.

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

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29 Comments
  1. Big night tonight! Vampire Diaries, Community, 30 Rock, and Awake. I’ll catch up on Big Bang Theory On Demand, and maybe Rules of Engagement. I don’t really watch the show much, but I’m always happy to see it come back just because it gets pushed around (and off!) the schedule so much.

  2. Renee says:

    Oh finally Person Of Interest is back!

  3. mia says:

    Chris Judge on The Mentalist!! Awesome! That man should be back on tv as a reguar on a show by now, he’s so talented

  4. sarah says:

    Secret Circle is not a must watch. Neither is Awake I guess…but I will be watching both! As well as TVD and POI

  5. Watch:
    Big Bang Theory (can’t miss!)
    POI

    DVR: Touch, The Mentalist

  6. Morgan says:

    Want to watch Community, but wonderful St Louis has decided to put on some special about the Cardinals. I just love this city.

    • Ari says:

      Back in November or December, Pittsburgh decided to play an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire that featured the local newscasters. I feel your pain. Why don’t they play that garbage on a Friday?

  7. Awake is on the link, in red, in the middle of the article…

  8. Valkyrje says:

    30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist and Touch.

  9. bad kevin says:

    Person of Interest & Awake (need more viewers). On Demand: TOUCH.

  10. Vampire Diaries, Awake, BBT, Community, Missing and, of course, Person Of Interest (it has been TOO long since Reese & Finch graced our screens).

    Thursday is one of the best nights for television (Sunday is the other),

  11. Willbur says:

    Can’t wait for (in this order) The Secret Circle, Vampire Diaries, Community, 30 Rock, Awake. Touch just isn’t doing it for me.

  12. Wolfie says:

    Rules Of Engagement for me. So glad it’s back, CBS need to stop messing it around.

  13. Amanda says:

    I’ll watch BBT live (would rather watch community live, but overruled in my house). Then immediately watch Community on dvr followed by Rules of Engagement on dvr. I don’t watch anything else on Thursday, so I’ll catch up on some other dvrd events.

  14. m says:

    Welcome back big bang theory u have been missed.

  15. Bella says:

    Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, The Mentalist, DVRing Touch

  16. Obaaand says:

    BBT and POI.

  17. Brandy says:

    Vd, sc only shows worth watching on thurs.

  18. Velvet says:

    30 Rock
    Vamp Diaries
    Secret Circle
    Swamp People

  19. Renee says:

    I don’t watch Big Bang Theory, but that picture is adorable.

  20. Jess says:

    TBBT, 30 Rock, Rules of Engagement and maybe Awake.

    But super excited about TBBT! :D

  21. Josh says:

    Big Bang Theory
    The Vampire Diaries
    The Secret Circle
    Touch
    and Punk’d for me

  22. Justin says:

    The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest and Missing are on my must-watch list tonight. I’ll think about catching up on Punk’d.

  23. dolleyes says:

    I can’t believe Missing and Big Bang and competing tonight; I’ll have to miss the first half of Missing but I’ve got to see (or hear!) Nimoy on BBG tonite.

    So happy to get Person of Interest back, damn you basketball.

  24. Anon says:

    Must watch TV for me tonight: Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, and then Awake!

    So glad Person of Interest is back, but I’ll be DVR’ing it while I watch the above three LIVE.

  25. leahbh says:

    i can only record/watch 2 things at once, 1 is OKC Thunder at lakers, and since Teal’c is on The Mentalist, it beats out awake.

  26. Ashly says:

    Community? Had me at blanket fort.

  27. theresa says:

    Watching Vampire Diaries & Secret Circle. DVR Community, 30 Rock, Up All Night & Awake. Watching Missing on demand.

  28. Human Being says:

    I’m always looking forward to a new Community episode, but I’m disappointed to hear John Goodman is coming back. No disrespect to him, he is a great comic actor, but that character was not working out when he was on earlier in the season.

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