What to Watch Thursday: The Very Last Resort, Parks and Rec Gets Trashed, Glee and More

Parks and Recreation - Season 5On TV this Thursday: The Colorado reaches its Last Resort, Parks and Recreation talks trash, The Office‘s documentarians just might be revealed and the Project Runway premiere makes the team. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

3 pm Katie (Syndicated; check local listings) | Katie Couric talks with Notre Dame football star and alleged hoax victim Manti Te’o and his parents.

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8 pm Last Resort (ABC) | Series finale: When a violent battle breaks out on the Colorado, the sub is vulnerable to capture by a third party with a nefarious plan. Can Marcus and Sam wrest control of the vessel before it’s too late? (Bummed about the drama’s cancellation? Take heart: What you’re getting is a tweaked and proper series finish.)

8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Kol makes it clear he’ll stop at nothing to stop everyone from searching for the cure; Elena works with Klaus to keep Jeremy safe, but winds up devising her own plan.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie and April handle a garbage route in a move to get more women hired in government. (Just go with it.) Also, Lucy Lawless returns as Diane, who trusts Ron with her kids while their babysitter is out of town.

PREVIEW | Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jessica Capshaw Teases a ‘Creepy, Nightmare-y’ Twist

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9 pm Beauty and the Beast (The CW) | Vincent must deal with the repercussions of his past when he bumps into his ex-fiancee (read our ‘gut-punch’ preview). Meanwhile, J.T. gets a visitor asking about research he did on mutant DNA.

9 pm Glee (Fox) | The New Directions girls organize a Sadie Hawkins dance at McKinley, Sam hunts for evidence that the Warblers cheated at Sectionals and Kurt tries to find his niche at NYADA. (Get scoop and check out some preview pics!)

9 pm Project Runway (Lifetime) | Season 11 premiere: Sixteen new designers, who discover post-haste that they’ll be working in teams, create garments inspired by New York City. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia are joined by featured judge Zac Posen and guest judge/Season 4 winner Christian Siriano, while Michael Kors takes the season off.  (An 8pm Road to the Runway special offers an in-depth introduction to the new contestants.)

9 pm The Office (NBC) | Tonight, we’ll finally get a glimpse behind the scenes of the documentary that’s been so, so long in the making! Meanwhile, Jim has to miss Cece’s first recital when an investor exits his new company. (Pam? Not pleased.)

9:30 pm 1600 Penn (NBC) | Prez Gilchrist uses his position to track down someone of major importance to the First Family. (Oh, we’ll just say it: Becca’s baby daddy.) Benson‘s Rene Auberjonois guest-stars as the White House’s persnickety Chief of Protocol.

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10 pm Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC) | Ann Curry talks with Beasts of the Southern Wild Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, while Brian Williams gets the lowdown on Ron “Set It and Forget It” Popeil’s newest kitchen gadget.

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

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  1. Tess says:

    None of the above. TCM has back to back Bing Crosby musicals. That’s where I’ll be.

  2. mia says:

    Beauty and the Beast!!!!!!!!

  3. Parks & Rec, and 1600 Penn for me, though I wish I could have Person of Interest and Scandal along too…

  4. Ted says:

    Grey’s Anatomy on ABC 9pm

  5. Amanda says:

    TVD and Suits.

  6. Claudia says:

    CW Beauty and the Beast!

  7. b miller says:

    Where’s the love for Suits?????

  8. Kerry says:

    No Suits? For shame.

  9. JoJo says:

    Beauty & the Beast!

  10. Eric says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    Grey’s Anatomy

  11. SK says:

    Suits – even though it’s not mentioned.

  12. Inigo says:

    Glee. I’ve missed it.

  13. BonesForever says:

    Where’s Person of Interest–best show on TV, next to Bones!

  14. Christian says:

    I can’t believe Scandal is a rerun tonight after its building momentum. The ABC scheduling department really does suck.

    Anyway, I’ll be watching Vampire Diares, Last Resort and Glee. Thursdays have become boring. Mondays are where it’s at!

  15. Eliza says:

    Parks & Rec <33
    I watched LR for Scott Speedman and he needs to be back on my tv ASAP.

  16. Brandy says:

    VD,B& tB

  17. Tom Charles says:

    BENSON’S Rene Auberjonis? So the seven years he spent on Deep Space Nine didn’t happen? Granted yes Benson is more in line with 1600 Penn, still, it stings a little that it’s still so hard for sci fi to get love.

  18. Babybop says:

    30 Rock, Parks and Rec, The Office, maybe Vampire Diaries. I wish there was a new Big Bang Theory tonight!

  19. Nicole says:

    Parks & Rec, The Office, TVD and Suits. And um…why is Brian Williams doing an informercial for Ron Popeil? What is happening?

  20. Amiee says:

    New Grey’s Anatomy.

  21. Renee says:

    Beauty & the Beast

  22. ollie says:

    tvd and repeat of poi missed it when it first aired

  23. rmcepp says:

    WHY is no one picking up Flashpoint? Great show and greater cast. I know it is Canadian, this makes it cheaper to produce. I’ve enjoyed every season and will miss it I’m sure the cast will do well after this show,

  24. Nicole says:

    Suits since Scandal is a repeat this week.

  25. bobbie says:

    30rock, parks & rec, suits

  26. JP says:

    Stuff I DVR’d from other nights, as TBBT & ELEMENTARY (I still can’t believe this one grew on me) are apparently repeats.

  27. Shireen says:

    Beauty and the Beast, Scandal (need to catch up!)

  28. Sincy says:

    Last Resort @ 8pm
    Person of interest @ 9pm
    Suits @ 10pm

  29. DoctorWhoFanatic! says:

    The Original is named Kol? Bah, that’s a silly spelling for “Cole.” :(

  30. mtnlady says:

    Person of Interest (wouldn’t even miss a re-run) BEST show on TV !
    Last Resort – great show, so sorry it was cancelled :(