What to Watch Thursday: 30 Rock, Rolling Stones, Ashton Kutcher Attracts a Cougar and More

On TV this Thursday: Two and a Half Men leaves you wanting Moore, a Rescue Me alum gets Elementary schooled, a Grey’s Anatomy doc gets crafty and HBO’s doc on the Stones is a gas, gas, gas. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (always linked below), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

PREVIEW | Last Resort‘s Scott Speedman on the Colorado’s Nuclear Neutering and an Unlikely Ally

PREVIEW | The Vampire Diaries‘ Candice Accola Breaks Down Caroline’s Complicated Love Square

PREVIEW | Up All Night First Look: Chris and Reagan’s Thanksgiving Plans Hit a Major Snag

8 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | Tracy and Jack engage in a battle of wits (which you’d think would be stacked in the boss’ favor, right?) after the TGS star portrays Donaghy as a villain in his new movie.

8:30 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | In an instance of art imitating life-from-five-years-ago, Ashton Kutcher’s Walden enjoys being a rich older woman’s boy-toy.

PREVIEW | Glee Sneak Peek: Jacob and Ryder Belt It Out (for Marley?), Plus The Warblers Return Grease

PREVIEW | Parks and Recreation Sneak Peek: Leslie Meets Her Celeb Crush: Vice President Biden!

9 pm Crossfire Hurricane (HBO) | This new Rolling Stones documentary features interviews with band members and never-before-seen footage from the iconic group’s 50-year history.

9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | In this Chandra Wilson-directed episode, the docs have to confront the realities of their injuries as they move forward with their lawsuit. Meanwhile, crafty ol’ Bailey tricks Arizona into helping her with a pediatric case.

9 pm Beauty and the Beast (The CW) | Both Vincent and Evan make their feelings for Cat clear. (Tough life, eh Cat?) Meanwhile, Vincent tries to figure out why he blacked out last episode.

9 pm The Office (NBC) | The Dunder Mifflin ladies coach Dwight (who’s never been successful selling to women) on his pitch to the female head of the Scranton White Pages. Melora Hardin returns as Jan.

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10 pm Scandal (ABC) | Olivia asks Harrison to “handle” one of his fellow associates; Cyrus and Fitz deal with the ramifications of James’ front-page news story.

10 pm Elementary (CBS) | Sherlock assists with a double homicide similar to one that took place 13 years ago. Callie Thorne (Rescue Me) guest-stars as Gregson’s former partner.

10 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) | When a CIA task force targets MIchael after he’s accused of a crime at a local hotel, senior officer Olivia Riley brings Sam in for questioning.

10:30 pm The League (FX) | Taco tries to sell knockoff merchandise and has a run-in with former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon.

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

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  1. Autumn says:

    Definitely Beauty and the Beast. Live. I hope other people will give it a chance. It’s so much better now.

    • Smigglesby says:

      oh autumn… precious, precious autumn…. sweet naive autumn….. oh you.

      • Renee says:

        She’s right, it’s improved a lot. Decent show now.

      • Autumn says:

        Seriously? What a ridiculous and immature reply.

      • Drew says:

        Hey, Smigglesby, behave yourself! As the old saying goes, “If you can’t say anything nice…” and even though you may have phrased your put-down in weird “flowery” language, at heart it’s still a put-down, so cut it out!!

        • eddie g says:

          I’m with autumn what a waste of time, seriously love shows that take risks but they really are taking risks with horrible acting and plots. This show writers need a lobotomy maybe then ill watch

          • Renee says:

            This show is about romance. If you’re not into that you’ll probably hate it. But if you enjoy watching a romance then this very enjoyable. It’s not about storyline risks and plots, it’s about the emotion between two people. If you expect something different you’ll be disappointed, but take it for what it is and you’ll enjoy.

    • mia says:

      Agreed! I’m totally in love with Beauty and the Beast. Of all the new shows this season, its the one I’m enjoying the most. Totally obsessed hahah.

  2. Simon says:

    Sounds like it’s going to be a good episode for greys tonight. I might be the only one, but i think this season is being really good this season. Good storylines and good acting. Although it really is depressing and i hope we’ll get to see some happiness and FUN (Season 3-4) again.

  3. Brandy says:


  4. Amanda says:

    The Vampire Diaries.

  5. The Big Bang Theory, but okay…

  6. heather_kaye says:

    That’s all great, but this is the only news that matters tonight: “Melora Hardin returns as Jan.”

    • Britta Unfiltered says:

      I’m excited to see Jan again too. I always liked that crazy chick. I’m nervous it won’t be funny without Steve Carrell for her to play off though.

  7. Blake says:

    TBBT. 2&1/2 Men. Elementary. Glee.

  8. Sam says:

    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!!!!! Such a great show!

  9. AT says:

    I’m watching Beauty and the Beast live. I’ll DVR TVD and Elementary.

  10. Emily says:

    The Vice President is going to be on Parks and Rec! That wins the night for me!

  11. Renee says:

    Beauty and the Beast, Person Of Interest, Elementary.

  12. Car says:

    Last Resort
    The Big Bang Theory
    30 Rock
    Parks and Recreation
    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

  13. emma says:

    Grey’s, TVD, POI, & Elementary….heck ya Thursdays!

  14. Heatherjm says:

    Parks and Rec
    Big Bang Theory
    The League
    Always Sunny

  15. Kim says:

    30 Rock

  16. niks says:

    Is POI taking a break?

  17. opus says:

    I’m watching:
    THE BIG BANG THEORY (not mentioned or linked)
    PERSON OF INTEREST (not mentioned or linked)

    I know you will say you can’t mention every show every week but with some of the shows you do mention, not to have BBT or POI is just criminal.

    • niks says:

      Yeah. I too had to check iMDB for TBBT and POI. Shame that obscene amount of attention is paid by TVLine on a lot of crappy shows, and a good show like POI is criminally neglected.

      • Britta Unfiltered says:

        Well, obviously you guys were smart enough to figure out on your own that they were airing new episodes of those shows, so kudos on that. I’m not sure what you’re complaining to TVLine about. Maybe they didn’t like the episodes and just don’t feel like plugging them. What on earth did you do before TVLine was around to tell you what new shows were on? Did you have to actually look at your cable guide or trust your DVR would know what was new and what was a rerun?

        • niks says:

          Maybe I am just pissed that the website I visit for that purpose, isn’t doing its job. You do know that the traffic determines the money they earn. And if I am contributing to that, then I would hope to be provided with satisfactory service. And its not as if we are asking for regular updates on obscure shows. Just saying.

  18. ollie says:

    tvd and poi

  19. Glee and Project Runway. Where are the runway recaps? I really miss them.

  20. POIFanatic says:

    Person of Interest!! (obviously)
    The Vampire Diaries
    Last Resort

  21. JoyAnne says:

    TBBT. POI.

  22. JoyAnne says:

    Whoops. And Grey’s Anatomy

  23. Antonio says:

    Beauty and the Beast!

  24. Jared says:


  25. Conor says:

    The league – my Fav tv show!

  26. Britta Unfiltered says:

    The League!! Eff, yeah!! You guys are right not to plug Sunny. It’s not a funny show anymore. They lost their bite years ago.

  27. nick1372 says:

    Last Resort
    Person of Interest