What to Watch Thursday: New Girl's Special Date, Hannibal Is Served, Men at Work and More

Men at WorkOn 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.

PREVIEW | Grey’s Anatomy Season 9 Spoilers – Meredith’s Results Are In

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!)

PREVIEW | Scandal Scoop: Is It Over for Cyrus and James?

10 pm Hannibal (NBC) | Series premiere: Bryan Fuller hannibal screen cap(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.

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

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  1. nikki says:

    Hannibal the Cannibal!

    • Parker says:

      Can’t wait for Hannibal! And the reviews have been great. But I’ll also watch:

      Parks & Rec
      The Office
      Go On
      Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

  2. SK says:

    Big Bang Theory
    Hannibal – I want to check this out. Hopefully, it is good.

  3. kirads09 says:

    Big Bang Theory
    Person of Interest

    The First 48

  4. Balaji K says:

    Big Bang Theory
    Person of Interest
    Parks & Rec
    Go On
    New Girl
    Mindy Project

  5. Doug says:

    Too many shows tonight
    BBT, Community, New Girl, Mindy Project, NBC Sitcoms & Comic Book Men

  6. Eric says:

    Greys Anatomy!!! That’s all folks!!!

  7. Mindy says:

    Parks & Rec and New Girl!!

  8. Community, Person of Interest & Elementary.

  9. JJ77 says:

    Hannibal & TBBT are the only ones I’ll be watching.

  10. skytzo425 says:

    This Hannibal show is going to be awesome! Everyone watch it live, the other shows already have renewals so if your going to DVR something DVR those and give Hannibal a chance to survive.

  11. Vanica says:

    With all the hype surrounding tonight’s episode of Scandal I am surprised it didn’t make your list. And why is Fox changing the time of New Girl? So annoying.

    • Jay says:

      They’re not changing New Girl’s time, they’re just airing a few episodes out of sequence while Glee is away.

  12. Joe Petitjean says:


  13. Pati D says:

    Scandal has my loyalty for the 10pm time slot. I will dvr Hannibal and watch it later.

  14. Andy says:

    New Girl, The Mindy Project, Community, Hannibal, TBBT, 2&1/2 Men, and Elementary

  15. Dave says:

    Just a general note or more a question the big new show tonight Hannibal. A dane and yet again a brit playing an american role…..Im a brit and im starting to wonder why US casting agents have to employ UK actors in american roles on american shows. ( well thats how its starting to look).

    Im not looking to start a flame war here about UK/US acting. There both as good as each other but surely it must be more practical to hire a US actor,

    • Jay says:

      Americans tend to be a little on the chubby side from all the crap they put in our food. Europeans are a little more svelte. The casting choices are as simple as that.

  16. Sarah says:

    American Idol
    Parks and Recreation
    The Big Bang Theory
    New Girl
    The Mindy Project
    Go On

  17. dude says:

    Big Bang Two Half Men Men at Work

  18. DavidSask says:


  19. N says:

    Hannibal! I love this site =)

  20. Babygate says:

    Grey’s Anatomy. #1, Scandal #2. Period. DVR: BBT, Parks and Rec. and Hannibal, just out of curiosity. Wow, for a site that writes about Grey’s quite often, it doesn’t seem to have much love for it. On a Thursday at 9 you are recommending Project Runway over Greys? Really? Especially on the night that Meredith finds out whether or not she has the Alzheimer’s gene. And the post-show recaps are dreadful. I get that you don’t have to like or support every show but perhaps it could be less obvious.

  21. Xime says:

    New Girl and TBBT,

  22. lyn says:

    Uh, CBS/CBS/CBS & oh yeah CBS.

  23. Bill says:

    Person of interest and Hannibal

  24. Bobbie says:

    Community, bbt, poi, Hannibal, Parks&Rec, Elementary, The Daily Show

  25. A says:

    Person of Interest!!!
    The Big Bang Theory
    Grey’s Anatomy

  26. Steve says:

    POI, Elementary, Scandal, Hannibal and Archer.

  27. Mary says:

    No Grey’s or Scandal?

  28. bobbie says:

    I just hope NBC sticks with Hannibal, no matter what. I’m hesitant to get involved in watching a new series ever since I fell in love with Wonderfalls and Rubicon.

  29. Red widow started slow-but this show is one which is catching fire. ABC has been doing a great amount of rash canceling-LIKE soaps. But back on topic if Red airs continues to air after Scandal I think it will catch on..

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