What to Watch Thursday: 30 Rock's End Begins, Lucy Lawless Parks Herself, Glee Woes and More

On TV this Thursday: 30 Rock‘s premiere makes lemonade out of Liz Lemon’s final season; Parks and Recreation attracts a warrior princess; The Next singing competition winner is chosen; and it’s not you, it’s Glee. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to watch for tonight.

8 pm Last Resort (ABC) | As Kendal is forced into a battle on the ground, more than 20 warships close in on the Colorado. You know what this means… Dichen Lachman’s tiki bar is gonna be packed. (Get some burning questions answered!)

8 pm The Next (The CW) | Season finale: Joe, Gloria, John and Nelly crown a winner from among the five remaining finalists during the live, two-hour event. (No word yet on whether there will be a Next season.)

8 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | Season 7 premiere: In the sitcom’s final season opener, Jack devises a truly terrible fall programming line-up (MILF Island 2?), Liz reluctantly agrees to be Jenna’s maid of honor and Kenneth and Hazel invite Tracy to a dinner party.

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9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Did you feel like the season premiere skipped more than a few beats, with regards to the immediate aftermath of the plane crash? Fasten your seat belt and return your tray to the upright position as those blanks get filled in. (Watch clips featuring an alive Mark and an anxious ‘Zona.)

9 pm Project Runway (Lifetime) | In the final challenge before Heidi announces who’s going to Fashion Week, the contestants are whisked off to a “magnificent location” that inspires them to “create avant-garde looks.” Center Stage‘s Zoe Saldana guest-judges. (Yes, I know she’s better known for movies like Avatar or Star Trek. But to me, she will always be Eva from the block.)

9 pm The Office (NBC) | Andy’s related to Michelle Obama? Okaaaay. Meanwhile, Dwight teaches Dothraki to Erin. Memo to Dunder Mifflin staff: No one is to call Erin khaleesi. Pam, maybe. Erin? Never.

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9:30 Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Chris’ idea to solve the city’s problems leads to Ron filling a pothole for a local mom (Spartacus’ Lucy Lawless – get scoop on what’s in store for her in Pawnee). Meanwhile, Ben and April take a road trip to visit Leslie and Andy.

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10 pm Scandal (ABC) | There’s just one piece of advice we’ve got for Olivia and her team as they deal with a public figure literally caught in a compromising position: Lift with the legs, not the back. (Watch a pair of video sneak peeks.)

10 pm Elementary (CBS) | Watson has dinner with her ex-boyfriend, and Sherlock consults on the case of a man murdered while entering his apartment. P.S. Did you see which House alum is heading Holmes?

10 pm Jersey Shore (MTV) | Final season premiere. Or, think of it this way — our long national nightmare is almost over.

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

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  1. Balaji K says:

    Last Resort
    Person of Interest
    The Big Bang Theory
    Parks & Rec.

  2. 100 points for saying Zoe Saldana is from Center Stage. Because she is. I need to watch that again. I have a feeling I’ll be avoiding real work for a coupe hours today!

  3. Dean says:

    Person of Interest, Last Resort, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Bang Theory and Elementary (last chance)

  4. ktbanks says:

    Love how you lure people in with Glee in the headline and don’t even have a section on it in the article. haha.
    I’ll be watching X Factor, Glee, Project Runway, Grey’s, & Scandal. Thank God for DVR.

  5. Juan says:

    All ABC of course, best night with grey’s, scandal, and loved the Last Resprt pilor

  6. cha says:

    I guess I’m wondering why you didn’t even mention “Person of Interest” in the time slot. All the reviews I’ve read rave about the show yet it’s not even mentioned?

  7. car says:

    Last Resort
    The Big Bang Theory
    30 Rock
    Parks and Rec

  8. Jared says:

    X Factor..Glee and Scandal for me!

  9. Tommy says:

    Last Resort
    Jersey Shore

  10. Maggie Ames says:

    Where is Person of Interest? It’s just about the greatest new show on TV now…

  11. King says:

    The Big Bang Theory
    Person of Interest
    The Office
    Parks and Recreaction
    Last Resort
    3 for tonight, others on weekend.

  12. Forgot about soon, Settled for life says:

    Put all the jokes aside about Jersey Shore. You know everyone has a corny one that thinks it is funny or original about the cast. It might have been a nightmare of jealousy for America because their bank accounts are Living Dreams. To live 2 weeks, every 6 months with a bunch of friends, and getting paid enormously with money and tail; Any person with intellect and a career plan might have scoffed at the opportunity at that age. These people were not the “future anythings” of America. So who else and why not.

  13. Jennifer McKenna says:

    I’ll be watching Glee, Big Bang Theory, and Elementary.

  14. Elaine says:

    I love, love, love Person of Interest!!!

  15. L says:

    big bang theory, greys, glee… lets see how amazing they are! all are supposed to be better tonite.

  16. Josh says:

    Checking out some of X factor Dvring Last Resort The Big Bang Theory and Glee TVD being back next week will force me to watch last resort on demand

  17. Judy Tankoos says:

    Big Bang Theory
    2-1/2 Men
    Person of Ontetest

  18. Renee says:

    Person Of Interest and Elementary for me. I’ll DVR Last Resort.

  19. Justin says:

    Person of Interest, Big Bang Theory, The Office and Parks and Recreation.

  20. Spoiler Junkie says:

    Person of Interest – This show is beyond amazing
    Elementary – because Lucy Liu, ’nuff said
    Up All Night – don’t judge, I like the baby.

  21. Brit says:

    Thank God for DVR. I’ll be watching/recording Big Bang Theory, Last Resort, Up All Night, Grey’s, Scandal, and Elementary

  22. nick1372 says:

    Watching TBBT and DVRing Last Resort, Elementary, and Person of Interest.