On TV this Thursday: The Vampire Diaries sucks more than ever with Elena now banging fangs, Beauty and the Beast gets off to a hairy start, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns with a (Nazi) treasure hunt and the vice presidential candidates face off. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to look for tonight.
8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Season 4 premiere: Elena wakes up the morning after the accident to find her biggest fear coming true: She’s become a vampire. The issue at hand, as Damon so succinctly puts it: “You feed, or you die.” (Get a peek at tonight’s episode, then check out what’s coming up this season.)
8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | When Sheldon hires a new, female assistant (Bent‘s Margo Harshman), Amy feels threatened. Meanwhile, Wolowitz is having a rough time in space. (Did they run out of ice cream? ‘Cause that would bum me out, too.)
8:30 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Chris and an old, annoying friend (Childrens Hospital‘s Rob Huebel) engage in a passive-aggressive war. (Watch a video sneak peek!)
9 pm Beauty and the Beast (The CW) | Series premiere: Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk plays Cat, who as a child witnessed the murder of her mother but was saved by a mysterious stranger. Years later, Cat becomes a police detective who reconnects with said stranger. His name is Vincent (Terra Nova‘s Jay Ryan), he’s a presumed-dead military doctor and he has a secret: When he gets angry, he turns into a real beast.
9 pm Vice Presidential Debate (All major networks) | Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan discuss foreign and domestic policy in a two-hour debate. The event will be broadcast live from Centre College in Danville, Ky. and moderated by ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.
9 pm Project Runway (Lifetime) | This season’s penultimate episode has the designers presenting three looks to the judges in order to win one of three spots to show at Lincoln Center.
10 pm It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) | Season 8 premiere: Dennis and Dee’s grandfather Pop-Pop isn’t doing so well, and they have to decide whether or not to pull the plug on the onetime Nazi. Mac, Charlie and Frank, meanwhile, go on a search for Pop-Pop’s war spoils.
10:30 pm The League (FX) | Season 4 premiere: Taco’s business dealings with Jerry Jones land the guys an invite to the Dallas Cowboys’ Training Camp.
11 pm Brand X With Russell Brand (FX) | Fall premiere: The Brit comedian’s late-night talk show returns for the second half of its first season.
11:30 pm Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell (FX) | Fall premiere: Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave stops by.
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