On TV this Thursday: Community has fun in the Dreamatorium, The Office welcomes a Hero, Parks and Rec returns with a doggone twist, Kathy Griffin launches her new Bravo show and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are eight programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Community (NBC) | When the biology final exam is postponed, Annie and Abed hit the Dreamatorium, and what starts as an innocent simulation of Inspector Spacetime becomes a serious examination of the Greendale 7.
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | The doctors work on a Jane Doe (Switched at Birth‘s Vanessa Marano), who turns out to be the subject of a case that gained national interest; Cristina proves to be the highest in demand as the residents begin interviews for post-residency positions; Richard is faced with an unsettling realization when he visits Adele.
9 pm Touch (Fox) | Martin and Clea work together to uncover a shocking development involving her mentally-challenged mother; Teller steps into trouble when he visits Jake at the board-and-care facility.
9 pm The Great American Manhunt (National Geographic) | Call it “The Next CSI Star.” In each episode of this new series, a team of forensic experts employs the very latest techniques and technology — as well as a bit of intuition and old-fashioned clue-busting skills — to unravel a complex mystery put before them.
9 pm The Office (NBC) | Upon Andy’s return, he and Nellie duke it out over the manager’s chair while co-workers share unwelcome S-E-X advice; Kelly is torn between the perfect man (Sendhil Ramamurthy of Covert Affairs and Heroes) and not-so-perfect Ryan.
9:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | New time slot alert! When Leslie finds out that Parks Department budget is about to be cut, she convinces Councilman Pillner (The West Wing‘s Bradley Whitford) to make trims elsewhere, resulting in unexpected new hurdles for her city council campaign. (Read our preview!)
10 pm Awake (NBC) | While he and Bird work to reunite a couple and help them enroll in the Witness Protection Program, Britten realizes that he needs to take his own advice and prepare for his new life in Oregon; Britten tries to introduce Detective Vega to his longtime confidential informant — with unexpected results.
10 pm Kathy (Bravo) | Series premiere: Two-time Emmy winner Kathy Griffin hosts the newest Bravo pop culture show, talking about everything from celebrities to politicians “while enforcing a clothing optional work environment.” Eek.
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