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.
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.
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.
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.Follow @kimroots