What to Watch Thursday: Community's Euro Trip, Idol's Top 20, Archer Gets Cookin' and More

Community - Season 4On TV this Thursday: American Idol drops and gives you 20, Malcolm McDowell gives the Community some international flavor, Project Runway puts age before beauty and Archer gourmet have his cover blown. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The fourth and final group of semifinalists take the stage; after tonight, only the Top 20 will remain.

8 pm Zero Hour (ABC) | Laila, forced to repair the next clock for White Vincent, begins leaving a trail of clues for Hank to follow. Meanwhile, Hank’s parents seem to be hiding a secret, and a famous historical figure may hold the key to unlocking the next clock.

8 pm Community (NBC) | After getting shut out of “The History of Ice Cream,” the study group begins its European History class with Prof. Noel Cornwallis (played by Malcolm McDowell, Entourage) — which of course winds up with the gals dressed as Bavarian milkmaids and reintroduces Jeff and Shirley’s German foosball foes. Oh, and Chang’s back!

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Repeat to Remember: Missing Ben and Leslie after last week’s wedding? Tonight’s Halloween-themed episode revisits their proposal, a scene so lovely it earned Amy Poehler special kudos from us.

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9 pm Project Runway (Lifetime) | As the designers create age-appropriate looks for senior citizens, Joan and Melisa Rivers stop by to guest-judge.

9:30 pm 1600 Penn (NBC) | The Gilchrists take a family trip to their ranch so Skip and Becca can ruminate on their romantic relationships (or lack thereof) and Dale can decide on a Supreme Court nominee — in other words, normal family-vacation stuff.

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10 pm Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars (ABC) | If you missed Sunday’s late-night Academy Awards debrief – including the world premiere of the star-packed Movie: The Movie 2V trailer — here’s a reprise.

10 pm Archer (FX) | Archer, Lana and Cyril go undercover in the hellish kitchen of celebrity chef Lance Casteau (voiced by The Taste‘s Anthony Bourdain). Psst, just renewed for Season 5!

10:30 pm Nathan for You (Comedy Central) | Series premiere: This “docu-reality comedy” finds Nathan Fielder (Jon Benjamin Has a Van) using his business degree and life experiences to help real-life small enterprises turn a profit. Hilarity (presumably) ensues.

10:30 pm Legit (FX) | After missing out on a role because of his weight, Jim turns to good friend Andy Dick (NewsRadio) for career advice, acting lessons and physical training. It… doesn’t go so well.

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


Comments (23)

  • Well, sweeps ends with a thud. Nothing for me to watch tonight except Community.

    Comment by TV Gord – February 28, 2013 02:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yesterday was the last day of the sweeps.

      Comment by Leondre – February 28, 2013 04:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He knows that. That’s why he said “Sweeps ended.” He’s saying that now that it has, there’s basically nothing happening.

        Comment by B – February 28, 2013 05:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Thanks, B. :-) As for Community, I’m writing this with about eight minutes left in the show, but…wherefore art thou, Dan Harmon? I’m very disappointed in this season. Our characters are mere shadows of their former selves. :-(

          Comment by TV Gord – February 28, 2013 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • nothing on for me tonight :( ill have to get my DVR caught up!

    Comment by Elyse – February 28, 2013 02:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Bollywood, Tamil Actress.

    Comment by admin – February 28, 2013 02:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s Community Thursday ! Malcolm McDowell is in this episode ! And The Big Bang Theory is a repeat !

    Comment by anik (@11starthestral) – February 28, 2013 04:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Malcolm McDowell gets “Entourage” as his “what he’s appeared in thing”? Come on, he’s had a long and storied career, let’s not define it by “D-Bags in the City”

    Comment by Josh – February 28, 2013 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now is an excellent time to check out “Zero Hour”. The plot thickens, and actually has stuff going on that in no way resembles the DaVinci code, yet sets up a very intriguing ongoing mystery as to the true identity of the lead character.

    Comment by MaryAnn – February 28, 2013 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And I’m fairly sure it marks the first appearance of Amy Irving as a character who makes Mommie Dearest look like a rank amateur.

      Comment by TM – February 28, 2013 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, it’s definitely a good time to check out this show. I like the concept and am hoping it plays out all its episodes and improves as it goes.

      Comment by Alex – February 28, 2013 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They can’t have a Bavarian themed Community without Chevy Chase doing his hilarious clog/bitch slap routine and uttering his legendary line ” Guten tag..my family and I are looking for sex”.

    Comment by RichieS – February 28, 2013 07:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Come on, people, not even a little love for Archer? Or underdog Community?

    Comment by Bob – February 28, 2013 07:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community

    Comment by Tran – February 28, 2013 07:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Vampire Diaries, no Beauty and the Beast…. sooo nothing for tonight…

    Comment by jules – February 28, 2013 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community and Zero Hour

    Comment by Andy – February 28, 2013 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a horrible thing to do to viewers!It’s like an exodus of tv!

    Comment by Shaun – February 28, 2013 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community. please break up Troy and Britta

    Comment by Dennis – February 28, 2013 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zero Hour!

    Comment by kirads09 – February 28, 2013 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DVR catch up night! The Walking Dead, The Americans, The Following.

    Comment by JKR – February 28, 2013 12:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is there nothing new on tonight?

    Comment by Babybop – February 28, 2013 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community community community. It’s cool cool cool

    Comment by Kay – February 28, 2013 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No new TVD, Parks, or The Office and Suits ended last week…guess it’s time for Netflix and to catch up on Dallas

    Comment by Faster – February 28, 2013 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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