What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Thursday

On TV this Thursday: Community‘s bromance is threatened, Grey’s Anatomy engages in lion games, Person of Interest hosts a Sopranos reunion and more. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | And then there were seven…. Check out Michael Slezak’s latest recap, the most recent Idology episode and vote in our Top 8 poll!

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Sheldon geeks out when Stephen Hawking, the famed theoretical physicist and cosmologist, stops by the University.

8 pm Community (NBC) | It’s war on the Greendale campus — forts formed of blankets versus pillows — and the study group picks sides. Jeff tries to negotiate a truce, but with neither Abed or Troy budging on their principles (or real estate), the future looks grim.

8:30 pm Rules of Engagement (CBS) | When Audrey thinks her maid needs a financial boost to fix her limp, she asks the neighbors to chip in… only to find out she misunderstood what the operation’s really for.

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9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | A lion runs loose in Seattle, Alex cuts ties with “needy” Morgan’s case, Callie grills Arizona on her past lovers (get scoop!) and Meredith helps Cristina as the tension with Owen hits a boiling point.

9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | When The Machine spits out five numbers, each naming the don of each of a New York crime family (and each played by a Sopranos alum), Reese and Finch suspect Elias is planning to eliminate his competition.

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10 pm Scandal (ABC) | Series premiere: Shonda Rhimes’ latest venture stars Kerry Washington as an elite crisis management consultant who lords over a team of lawyers, investigators and snoops that helps the D.C. elite dodge publicity bullets. Check out our review, read a preview.

10 pm Awake (NBC) | In an effort to calm a patient (The Chicago Code‘s Billy Lush) who has threatened to blow up a mental hospital, Britten is compromised, and the effects follow him into his other reality. (Get some scoop on one of Jason Isaacs’ favorite episodes, plus the show’s finale date!)

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Jane and the CBI try to determine who would have reason to kill a popular school teacher; Cho and Summer hide their relationship from Lisbon; Rigsby gets a special delivery. Emily Bergl (Men in Trees) and David DeLuise (Wizards of Waverly Place) guest-star.

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

Comments (31)

  • Person of Interest & Awake. On Demand: Touch (Jack Bauer & Roger Murtaugh).

    Comment by kevin – April 5, 2012 07:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Person of interest is a fabulous show! CBS HAS a big hit with Mr. Reese. Smart, exciting and everything to bring me back for more. Cheers

      Comment by Hanna rush – April 7, 2012 09:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too much good on tonight.

    Big Bang Theory

    Touch (why does it have to be opposite POI – grrr!)

    Comment by kirads09 – April 5, 2012 07:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ina Barren, tonight on Greys. Perfection.
    That is all.

    Comment by Nicole – April 5, 2012 07:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just love Cho and Summer on The Mentalist. They have fantastic chemistry and its a really unique and compelling storyline. She’s a great match for Cho; its nice to see him with someone so opposite to himself.

    I hope they keep her around forever!

    Comment by mia – April 5, 2012 07:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In total agreement with everything you just said! Love those two.

      Comment by Mcat – April 5, 2012 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grey’s! FINALLY!!!

    still not sure whether to watch Scandal or not..

    Pity no CW shows (TVD or TSC) on tonight :/

    Comment by R – April 5, 2012 07:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • agree! so happy greys is back! feels like its been forever. they go away for like 3 weeks then come back for one episode then gone again for 3 weeks! UGHHHH! soooooo HAPPY its b ack!!! :) scandal idk either but since i like shonda rhimes’ shows, ill try it. eh idk.

      Comment by L – April 5, 2012 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community for sure. Probably DVR The Big Bang Theory and Awake for later, and catch 30 Rock on demand if I feel like it. The latest few episodes have been decidedly not-funny.

    Comment by Little Scarf Girl – April 5, 2012 07:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Big Bang Theory
    Grey’s Anatomy
    Person of Interest
    Scandal – looks great. lets hope it lives up to the expectations.

    Personally i think Touch is mediocre and have decided to drop it after a few episodes.

    Comment by greysfan – April 5, 2012 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It will be interesting to see the ratings race with a new POI, Grey’s Anatomy, and Touch all at the same time slot. Very interesting. I will definitely be watching POI. All CBS shows for me tonight.

    Comment by askmelast79 – April 5, 2012 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder who’s side Annie is going to choose. I mean they’re both her roommates. God I’m just so excited! #sixseasonsandamovie

    Comment by temi – April 5, 2012 07:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She’ll probably side with Abed. I get the feeling she has a little crush on him.

      Comment by Mcat – April 5, 2012 09:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community
    Big Bang Theory
    30 Rock

    Too bad there’s no TVD or TSC tonight….

    Comment by tvaddict – April 5, 2012 08:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community and Awake and the Mentalist, simply because I can’t wait to see more of Cho and Summer together. They are so adorable in a complete opposites kind of way!!
    No TVD though :(
    And when is Parks and Rec coming back??

    Comment by dessy111 – April 5, 2012 08:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awake

    Comment by George – April 5, 2012 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Greys Anatomy.

    Since Scandal is going to have such a short season, I think I tape it and watch it all in the summer.

    Comment by Sam – April 5, 2012 09:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • hmmmm now thats an interesting idea.. i like it…. :)

      Comment by L – April 5, 2012 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Big Bang Theory
    Person of Interest

    Comment by G – April 5, 2012 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Big Bang Theory.
    The Mentalist.

    Honestly, Cho and Summer getting together is the best thing to happen to The Mentalist in a while. They are adorable, and so much more compelling than Rigsby/Van Pelt ever was (honestly, they were boring). I’m still anxiously waiting for Jane/Lisbon to happen, but until then, I’ll happily fangirl over the adorableness of Cho/Summer.

    Comment by Mcat – April 5, 2012 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Aww, I liked R/VP. But I like Chummer too. Jane/Lisbon are my favorites though, for many reasons. Looking forward to THE MENTALIST tonight. And really looking forward to THE BIG BANG THEORY. Other than POI there’s nothing else for me tonight. Been a pretty uneventful week TV-wise.

      Comment by @Mcat – April 5, 2012 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nothing on tonight… FX needs to bring back one of their Thursday night shows ASAP!

    Comment by Brendan – April 5, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Watch Live: Big Bang, Greys Anatomy, and see of Scandal is any good.
    i love Shonda Rhimes so its prob good. however im not a political, governmental type of person. i don’t like to watch that stuff on tv. so i will attempt this show and give it a try.

    Watch On Demand: Missing (maybe)

    why are alot of things on on thursday!?!?!?!

    Comment by L – April 5, 2012 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 30 Rock
    Swamp People

    Comment by Velvet – April 5, 2012 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YAY finally Grey’s is back, that and will watch Scandal

    Comment by juan – April 5, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • American idol touch awake dvr missing!

    Comment by Sue – April 5, 2012 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No 30 Rock tonight?

    Comment by Leah – April 5, 2012 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yea more elias on poi

    Comment by ollie – April 5, 2012 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m very disappointed that you left out 30 Rock and remembered to put Rules of Engagement in. Really guys? That one’s the worst. I can’t believe it’s actually still on the air.

    Anyway, for me it’s 30 Rock, Grey’s and Scandal. Community and Up All Night if I feel like it.

    Comment by stefanjames – April 5, 2012 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community, 30 Rock, Up All Night & Awake. I will watch Missing & Grey’s later online.

    Comment by theresa – April 5, 2012 05:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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