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.