What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Thursday

On TV this Thursday: A Vampire Diaries dance turns deadly, Community channels Law & Order, 30 Rock goes live (again), The Mentalist stops by a cross-dressing cabaret and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Missing (ABC) | Becca is forced to recall details of a traumatic former case in order to prove her innocence now. Michael, meanwhile, goes to new lengths to protect himself and Oksana.

8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | At the school’s ’20s-themed dance, Bonnie and Jamie’s double date with Elena and Stefan takes a deadly turn when the brothers must undo a spell that could prove devastating for everyone. (Check out Five Scoopy Bits From the Episode!)

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Wolowitz’s wedding plans are in jeopardy after Bernadette uncovers his sexual history. Spoiler alert: As these photos attest, all will be OK.

8:30 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | In the show’s second live episode, the Kabletown bosses announce they will no longer pay for TGS to broadcast live, triggering a Kenneth-led “magical” look back at the studio’s rich history. The best part? Community‘s Donald Glover makes a cameo as a young Tracy Jordan!

Exclusive: Watch Community‘s Take on the Infamous Law & Order Theme Song! 

9 pm The Secret Circle (The CW) | Cassie’s loose grasp on her dark magic threatens to destroy any possible alliance when their pursuit leads them to the “Creepiest Place on Earth.” They’re going to Marie Osmond’s doll factory?

9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | The Machine’s latest mark puts Reese undercover as part of an armored truck crew — a case that brings back memories of his last CIA mission and the painful decisions he was forced to make. A Gifted Man‘s Pablo Schreiber guest-stars.

9:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | While Leslie goes toe-to-toe with Bobby Newport in their big televised debate, Ann, Tom and Chris work in the media spin room, and Ron goes the extra mile to save a party for Leslie’s donors. (Check out an exclusive first look video!)

Grey’s Anatomy Preview: A Surprise Hook-Up, Plus a Finale in Which ‘Anybody Could Go’

10 pm Scandal (ABC) | After the Amanda Tanner case takes a shocking turn, clashing viewpoints leads Cyrus to research Olivia and the team’s personal lives; Quinn goes on a date with a scoop-thirsty reporter. Michael Ausiello guest stars. (We kid.)

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Jane and the CBI try to find the killer of a man found outside a female-impersonator-filled cabaret club. Not-so-surprisingly, the list of suspects is filled with the victim’s bullies. Dirty Sexy Money‘s Samaire Armstrong returns as Summer and Falcon Crest‘s William R. Moses guest-stars.

10 pm Punk’d (MTV) | Pretty Little Liars‘ Lucy Hale pranks co-star Ian Harding as well as Vanessa Hudgens and Hunger Games heartthrob Josh Hutcherson.

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

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  1. amy says:

    I can’t wait to watch this episode of Community! Also, it’s a good day to be a Donald Glover fan.

  2. Mel says:

    I am loving this new show, thats what i will be watching

  3. Parks and Rec and Punk’d for me this evening. And I still need to check out Missing!

  4. Renee says:

    Person Of Interest for me.

    • Rosie says:

      At first I had a hard time getting into Person of Interest, but now I am really enjoying it. I think they are building up the characters and storyline nicely. Good acting all around!!

  5. Dr. Bombay says:

    I’m really looking forward to the NBC comedy block (except, sadly, for The Office). I loved the previous live episode of 30 Rock and this season has been so excellent…Community taking on Law & Order and the P&R debate between Leslie and Bobby both look great!

    • CJ says:

      I admired the previous live episode of 30 Rock more than enjoyed it–it’s the same reaction I usually have to Improv shows. I appreciate the talent and hard work involved in such endeavors, but I don’t laugh as much ore get involved in the story like I do with regular preprepared and taped episodes.

  6. Balaji K says:

    Lots to watch tonight:

    Parks & Rec
    Person of Interest

  7. Morgan says:

    Community! (Dun dun)
    And the Mentalist.

  8. Heather says:

    Tvd decade dance is going to be epic! Been waiting since the march announcement for nick to return on the secret circle hoping tonight will be the night!

    • hibsta says:

      I thought you wrote TWD decade dance. I was excited that The Walking Dead was coming back, but unsure about a dance episode

    • Kristen says:

      Love TVD and TSC Thursdays! I miss Nick too… could he really come back tonight? I really wish Cassie and Jake could get back to where they were… I loved them together! I hope tonight will help Elena realize she needs to be with Stefan!
      I’ll also be watching Grey’s Anatomy and DVRing Scandal. I’m saving up the episodes to watch when I have some down time… maybe I’ll actually like it.

  9. Lots to watch, DVR, or catch on demand! Definitely Community, then Vampire Diaries, then Parks and Rec. Maybe saving 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, and Awake for another day.

  10. kirads09 says:

    Too much good on one night!

    The Big Bang Theory

    The Great American Manhunt

  11. Josh says:

    Watching NFL Draft and Dvring TVD TSC Touch Big Bang Theory and Punk’d

  12. Leah says:

    NBC comedies tonight, followed by Scandal.
    (Yay Community! Yay 30 Rock! Yay Donald Glover! Yay Parks and Rec!)

  13. Kissan says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    The Big Bang Theory
    American Idol
    30 Rock
    Grey’s Anatomy
    Person Of Interest
    The Secret Circle

    That’s all for me!!!! Some good stuff comin on.

  14. LLL says:

    Vampire Diaries and Person of Interest

  15. sarah says:

    For me tonight
    Vampire Diaries
    Secret Circle
    Greys (recording and watching after) I am surprised it is not on the must watch list!
    POI (recording) So happy it is back I love that show
    Awake (recording) Surprised it is not on the watch list
    Office (very reluctantly recording but my husband likes the show and it is one of a handful we watch together)
    Thursday nights are the best!

  16. Community
    30 Rock
    Person of Interest
    Already seen Parks and Rec.

  17. Doris says:

    I will be watching Person of Interest; I’ll TiVo Touch, Awake, Scandal, and the Nationals/Padres game, which starts at 10. As we get up early, I have to catch the 10 pm shows later. I’ll go through the game highlights while I get dressed tomorrow morning.

  18. matthew says:

    way to much on tonight

    The Big Bang Theory
    30 Rock
    The Officce
    The Mentalist
    and of course The NFL Draft!

  19. bad kevin says:

    Community, Person of Interest & Awake. On Demand: Touch. :-)

  20. niks says:

    Is Awake taking a break?

  21. Brandy says:

    Vd, SC

  22. Linderella says:

    Awake, Awake, Awake
    Grey’s Anatomy
    No Must See TV love for Awake and Grey’s? I know GA is a sure thing for renewal but Awake needs all the support it can get. C’mon let’s show a little Awake love, TV Line!

  23. Anon says:

    VAMPIRE DIARIES and SECRET CIRCLE for me! Watch them both LIVE tonight everyone.

    I’ll DVR Person of Interest and Awake and watch them afterwards.

  24. jmknight3 says:

    TVD, Persons of Interest, and then Scandal!!

  25. Cody says:

    TVD, TBBT, Parks & Rec,Community, 30 Rock, The Office (if it’s new and begrudingly), Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal!

  26. Holly says:

    I’ll be watching The Big Bang Theory and Person Of Interest. Love both of these shows.

  27. L says:

    Big Bang THeory!!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYY! i feel like it hasnt been on in forever.
    Greys- my favorite! :)
    Mentalist- even tho i barely ever watch this show.

    On demand: Missing

  28. Justin says:

    Missing, The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, Parks and Recreation and The Office. Good night for tv!

  29. Jared says:

    Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding

  30. Zee says:


  31. Andrew says:

    Watching the NFL draft live.
    Idol Results

    Thank goodness for multiple DVR’s.

  32. Shaun says:

    TVD,Greys and Mentalist….others will watch online

  33. Ann says:

    I’ll definitely be watching Community and Parks and Recreation, and definitely not be watching The Office.

  34. Nick says:

    The big bang theory

  35. Velvet says:

    30 Rock
    Parks & Rec
    V Diaries
    Secrect Circle
    Swamp People

  36. BLT says:

    30 Rock
    POI (Love it!)

  37. ollie says:

    tvd and poi

  38. theresa says:

    Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, Community, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, The Office, Greys, Scandal & Awake.