On TV this Thursday: A fancy fellow interrupts a New Girl date (on a special night), NBC serves up a first course of Hannibal, the Big Bang guys try for tenure and TBS’ Men get back to work. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Regina King (Southland) is back as Mrs. Davis when Leonard, Sheldon and Raj fight for tenure – and the competition heats up when the girls get involved.
8 pm Community (NBC) | Susan B. Anthony was a pioneer for women’s suffrage. Sophie B. Hawkins sang “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover.” The distinction between the two will prove very important tonight.
8:30 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | Jake cheats on his girlfriend (returning guest star Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl) with her 18-year-old daughter (Emily Osment, Hannah Montana). Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap) also appears.
9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | Finch has a dilemma: A leading tech exec’s number comes up, but is she working in her company’s best interest or planning to destroy it from the inside? Also: Sarah Shahi (Life) returns as Agent Shaw. (Get a little scoop!)
9 pm Project Runway (Lifetime) | The designers create looks that guest judge Jordana Brewster (Dallas) will wear in the May issue of Marie Claire.
9 pm New Girl (Fox) | Special night: Jess and Nick go on a proper date (though only one of them is sure that’s what it is), where they run into “Fancyman” Russell (returning guest star Dermot Mulroney, Enlightened) who’s out with a special someone himself. (Watch a video preview!)
9 pm The Office (NBC) | Everyone’s excited to see the first promos for the documentary (check out photos), but Angela’s not psyched to learn that Dwight is dating a Brussels sprouts farmer. Elsewhere, The Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard, playing himself, meets with Jim.
9:30 pm The Mindy Project (Fox) | Special night: Mindy tries to make a male prostitute (Josh Meyers, That ’70s Show) into her own personal Pretty… Man. (Watch a sneak preview!)
10 pm Hannibal (NBC) | Series premiere: Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) introduces us to a pre-Silence of the Lambs Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and — unbeknownst to the FBI — cunning serial killer (played by Casino Royale‘s Mads Mikkelsen, pictured). G-man Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) recruits gifted criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, The Big C) to consult on a string of murders, then has Lecter help the emotionally unstable Will manage the horrors he faces. Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls) co-stars. (Get scoop and find out what inspired Fuller to tackle Hannibal and Will’s “great untold bromance.”)
10 pm Men at Work (TBS) | Season 2 premiere: Tyler comes up with a plan to create Milo’s perfect woman online; Gibbs experiences a different side of Neal while driving to a family engagement.
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