On TV this Thursday: The Adult Swim laffers Childrens Hospital and NTSF: SD: SUV:: are back for new seasons; Project Runway contestants try to impress the cheerleader, impress the world; Awkward throws a wedding and Chris Rock backs W. Kamau Bell’s brand of social commentary comedy. Including TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm 2012 Summer Olympics (NBC) | Tonight’s events include bicycle motocross, track and field, diving and beach volleyball.
9 pm Project Runway (Lifetime) | Hayden Panettiere, Heroes alum and star of ABC’s upcoming Nashville, guest-judges an episode in which the contestants have to create a day-to-evening look.
9 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) | The FBI arrests Michael, but don’t worry – it’s all part of his scheme to bring down a nasty Boston mobster. Meanwhile, things don’t go according to plan when Jesse and Pearce blackmail a weapons manufacturer for info on a gun sale. The Shield’s Brian White guest-stars.
10 pm Suits (USA Network) | Reflection time! Chaos at the firm causes Mike and Harvey to recall how past decisions have affected their present situation. (And if you missed it, check out Sarah Rafferty’s thoughts about Donna’s big return.)
10:30 pm Louie (FX) | A small emergency arises when Louie takes an old pal shopping. If the crisis is that you can’t find the Cinnabon, Louie, just relax and follow the heavenly scent until it leads you directly to food-court bliss.
11 pm Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell (FX) | Series premiere: Chris Rock co-exec-produces this half-hour show featuring commentary and sketch comedy led by socio-political comic Bell.
Midnight Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim) | Tonight’s premiere of the medical drama lampoon – in which an amnesia-causing virus circulates through the medical center — kicks off a fourth season of hilarity. And if your short-form comedy cravings aren’t entirely sated by the end of the episode…
12:15 am NTSF: SD: SUV:: (Adult Swim) | … stick around for the Season 2 premiere of this procedural satire (the title stands for National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle). Tonight, Piper and Trent pull a 21 Jump Street — and click here to see what the cast told TVLine about what’s on tap for the rest of the season.
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