What to Watch Thursday: A Swim Showdown! Plus Runway Returnees, a Louie Death and More

On TV this Thursday: Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte go head to head, former contestants pop up in a Project Runway challenge, Burn Notice goes with its mind instead of its gut and the Grim Reaper pays Louie a visit. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features, linked within, here are eight programs to look out for tonight.

8 pm 2012 Summer Olympics (NBC) | On tap for tonight: swimming (including the Lochte/Phelps showdown in the 200 IM final), beach volleyball, rowing and gymnastics.

8 pm Raising Hope (Fox) | Back-to-back Repeats to Revisit! In the first, Jimmy and Sabrina decide to let their guards down and act completely natural, which leads to Jimmy helping Sabrina overcome a strange childhood phobia. In the second, Virginia convinces Jimmy that Sabrina and her hot study partner have a little somethin’-somethin’ going on.

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9 pm Project Runway (Lifetime) | Former contestants return for an episode that features an Emmy-related challenge.

9 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) | Michael and Fiona search for the person who sabotaged his last mission – but they’ll have to take emotion out of the equation in order to find the truth. Desperate Housewives’ Richard Burgi guest-stars.

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10 pm Wilfred (FX) | Wilfred and Ryan’s relationship is threatened during a sticky encounter.

10 pm Sullivan & Son (TBS) | The annual Father and Son Darts Tournament prompts Owen to want to find his real dad and Jack to work out his abandonment issues with Steve.

10:30 pm Louie (FX) | Louie meets a comedian (maybe it’s someone referenced in this week’s Ask Ausiello?) and has a bad day with a bad kid. And then on top of that, someone dies.

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11 pm Brand X With Russell Brand (FX) | Season finale: Say goodnight to the British comedian’s late-night effort, but don’t worry: It’ll return in October.

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

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  1. Nick says:

    Wipeout and maybe raising hope

  2. TV Gord says:

    Louie, Louie, Louie, Looooouie!

  3. Gabe says:

    Olympics and Big Brother

  4. Jared says:

    Awkward and the Olympics for me.

  5. Justin says:

    Burn Notice, Suits and Olympics for me tonight.

  6. Velvet says:

    Burn Notice
    Anger Management

  7. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Louie, Louie, Louie, Loooowayyyyyy! I guess I can watch that first since the gymnastics is already spoiled for me. Sigh. Not sure I want to even watch now. TVLine, I want to give you guys a big hug and a huge thank you for not being part of those that put spoilers on your website for the Olympics. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. I can’t thank you enough. This is my safe place right now. Also my happy place. You have more respect for your readers than probably anyone else out there, and I love you for it.

  8. Burn Notice and Project Runway for me. Man I hate the way the Olympics kick everything else off TV for two weeks. I love gymnastics but I’m so irritated at facebook, AOL and Twitter spoiling the results that I don’t even have the heart to watch it now. Why oh why is NBC tape delaying this?? Can’t they just run it real time and if people want to watch the main events prime time then they can re-run it or NBC could post it on their website or something. This is ridiculous.