On TV this Thursday: Anika Noni Rose plays doctor on Elementary, The Big Bang Theory takes a page from Alec Baldwin’s playbook, Project Runway All-Stars rings a bell(bottom) and country music shines at the 46th Annual CMA Awards.As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar tonight. Reminder: NBC is airing a Voice encore in place of its Thursday-night comedies.
8 pm 46th Annual CMA Awards (ABC) | Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts of the annual awards ceremony, broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Scheduled performers include
Scarlett and Gunnar, Vince Gill, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Sheldon and Stephen Hawking get into a Words With Friends-related brouhaha and Penny secretly enrolls in a class at the local college. (See which Bones fave is playing a classmate.)
8:30 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | Walden has to chose between Rose and Zoey. Which lady should he pick? Hit the comments with your choice.
9 pm Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime) | The designers who’ll be stayin’ alive after this episode are the ones who’ll successfully channel disco chic in a ’70s-inspired challenge.
9 pm Beauty and the Beast (The CW) | Silverfox and his Muirfield agents offer to tell Cat the truth about her mother in exchange for turning over Vincent… but then something unexpected happens. Twin Peaks alum Mädchen Amick guest-stars. P.S. The buzz is that this week is when the show really starts finding its footing and getting good.
9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | The problem with protecting an investigative journalist (White Collar‘s Gloria Votsis), Reese learns, is that you’ve got to be incredibly sneaky to avoid becoming part of her story.
10 pm Elementary (CBS) | As Holmes tries to figure out who’s been playing Grim Reaper at a hospital, Watson’s friend and former colleague (The Good Wife‘s Anika Noni Rose) shows up and sheds light on his sober companion’s decision to leave medicine.
10 pm It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) | Charlie and Dee invade the high-falutin’ world of the One Percenters… and find out they kind of like it. So naturally, Mac, Dennis and Frank want in.
10:30 pm The League (FX) | Kevin and Jenny discover that The Hills star (and NFL QB Jay Cutler’s fiancée) Kristin Cavallari is in their baby group. Elsewhere, Taco realizes he may have a girlfriend.
Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.Follow @kimroots