What to Watch Thursday: Elementary's Good Doctor, Beauty's Mother of a Twist and More

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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  1. Mike says:

    So mad Parks isn’t on after last weeks episode, and their airing a repeat of the voice instead. Ugh…

  2. Balaji K says:

    It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia
    The Big Bang Theory
    Person of Interest

  3. ollie says:

    tvd and poi

  4. As much as I like Up All Night and (somewhat) The Office, I’m kinda glad that NBC pre-empted their comedies this week. I only have to worry about missing Big Bang Theory because of the CMA Awards. Oh, and the crossout of Scarlett and Gunnar made me smile :)

  5. Renee says:

    Beauty & The Beast (I know, but it’s fun.)
    Person Of Interest

  6. Amanda says:

    It’s Always Sunny and The League!!

  7. Nick says:

    The Big Bang Theory
    The X Factor

  8. DanielleZ says:


  9. Alex says:

    Beauty and the Beast has stunk so badly so far that it would need to improve extremely drastically. Even then, I don’t think I can buy Kristen Kreuk as a tough police detective. She doesn’t have the acting chops for it.

    • AT says:

      I think her acting is just fine for a detective especially since she has studied marstial art. Sure, she had to deal with iffy dialogue in the first episode. But I really like her in this and feel she has improved immensely since Smallville. Catherine is a much more likable character than Lana. What helps even more is that her chemistry with Jay Ryan is fantastic.

  10. sarah says:

    Big Bang
    Beauty and the Beast

  11. rachaelkates says:

    Beauty and the Beast. It’s ridiculous but it’s fun and it’s also one of the better love stories out there – omg people actually developing intimacy through talking to each other! Who would have thought! Plus, Catherine is awesome. Haterz to the left.

    • mia says:

      I completely agree with you. Beauty and the Beast is kinda awful in that guilty-pleasure way, but I’m really really enjoying it. And I’m completely in love with watching these two fall in love. Its such a classic romance, drawn out in a natural way and watching two people connect to one another through mutual interests and conversation. Its refreshing. It reminds me of Buffy and Angel’s romance in the early seasons.
      And ya, Catherine is awesome. I love her swagger and confidence.

    • jules says:

      you just read my mind. I love the show even though it is ridiculous, but not everything has to be good to be enjoyable. And yes, sadly it has become very rare that two characters actually fall in love because they talk, I love that about those two.

  12. Templar says:

    TBBT, 2&1/2 [Rose is back!], Elementary, DVR CMAs.

  13. Jacki says:

    Thursday Night Football
    (Yes, I live on the West Coast)

  14. Brandy says:

    VD,Beauty & the Beast

  15. GK says:

    Person of Interest
    The Vampire Diaries

  16. jojo says:

    Beauty and The Beast!..love that show

  17. Jared says:

    Xfactor and B&TB

  18. Helga says:

    Beauty and the Beast!

  19. Justin says:

    Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest for me tonight.

  20. mia says:

    Beauty and the Beast (been looking forward all week to a new episode :P)
    Person of Interest
    Big Bang Theory

  21. Caitlin Ewing says:

    Omg so excited for cma awards country is the bomb and elementary

  22. Jay says:

    Beauty and the Beast has been really good lately. Huge improvement from the pilot.

  23. Babybop says:

    Big Bang Theory and Vampire Diaries. Sad there are no NBC comedies tonight.

  24. Blake says:


  25. Michael says:

    VD and BandtB! Beauty has gotten better each and every episode. It seems to finally be finding its footing.

    • jules says:

      that’s exactly what I thought. B&B is improving constantly, and if it keeps doing that, everybody should just forget that pilot and get onboard with this ridiculous but somehow great show.
      Also looking forward to some bloody scenes on VD!

  26. Lorena says:

    We usually watch the NBC comedies and FX, and DVR Big Bang Theory, Beauty and the Beast and Vampire Diaries (my guilty pleasures that I save for weekend viewing). Since we’re not fans of The Voice, we’ll probably watch Thursday Night Football between Big Bang Theory and Always Sunny.

    And I agree — BatB has certainly gotten better each episode since the pilot and I’m glad to hear it’s finding its footing in this week’s outing. Here’s to hoping the ratings start reflecting that!

  27. AT says:

    Definitely will be tuning in to Beauty and the Beast LIVE, the only show I’m doing that for. Each episode is getting better and better. So glad to hear that the buzz for tonight’s episode is good. I hope more people will give it another chance. Favorite show since Moonlight and Doctor Who. AND, I think Kristin Kreuk is doing a fantastic job in this role. :)

  28. POIfan says:

    POI all the way. This show is rockin.

  29. KCC says:

    Person of Interest and Elementary (since there’s no Scandal tonight)