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!
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!)
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.
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