What to Watch Thursday: Community Puppet Show, Moment Arrives, Go On Finale and More

CommunityOn TV this Thursday: Community gets felt up, The Moment arrives for some lucky Average Joes, Archer draws to a close and Go On, well, doesn’t (for now). As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | One of your favorite Idol alumni returns to perform – that’s right, everyone, Scotty McCreery’s back! Oh, and some Season 1 female named Kelly Clarkson will take the stage, too.

8 pm Community (NBC) | The study group takes a wild balloon ride that crashes in the woods, where the Greendale Gang winds up spending quality time with a friendly mountain man (played by Seinfeld‘s Jason Alexander). Did we mention puppets are involved? And that singer/songwriter Sarah Bareilles is also on hand?

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie decides to give the Animal Control Department the puppy love it needs, in the form of a much-needed makeover.

PREVIEW | Glee Season 4 Spoilers – 10 Scoopy Tidbits From This Week’s Harrowing ‘Shooting Star’ Episode

MORE PREVIEW | Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Glee, Once, Nikita, SVU, Scandal, Grimm and More!

9 pm The Office (NBC) | Original Domestic Goddess Roseanne Barr guest-stars in an episode where the elevator breaks down, causing “Stairmaggedon” to descend upon Dunder Mifflin.

9:30 pm Go On (NBC) | Season finale: The group comes up with a plan to help/force Ryan along in his grief, but it goes awry. (Watch a sneak preview!) (Not yet renewed; find out its current status.)

PREVIEW VIDEO | Hannibal Season 1 Spoilers – A Killer Uses Victims to Harvest… Mushrooms?!

10 pm The Moment (USA Network) | Series premiere: Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner hosts this unscripted series, which profiles ordinary people surprised with a chance to get the jobs they’ve always wanted. Tonight, Tracie Marcum has an opportunity to earn a spot as a Sports Illustrated photographer.

10 pm The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) | Season 13 premiere: Norton’s guests include Tom Cruise, Gerard Butler and Paramore.

10 pm Archer (FX) | Season finale: In the conclusion to last week’s episode, Archer and the ISIS crew go to an underwater SEA LABoratory to stop the deranged Captain M. Mad Men‘s John Hamm and Bob’s Burgers Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman lend their voices to the episode. (Yep, already renewed.)

10:30 pm Legit (FX) | Season finale: When the prostitute from the pilot shows up on Jim’s doorstep pregnant with Billy’s baby, Billy starts to ponder the responsibility of fatherhood. (Yep, already renewed.)

10:30 pm Nathan for You (Comedy Central) | In a special episode, Nathan aims to escape from handcuffs in under 90 seconds… or have himself registered as a sex offender for life.

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

Comments (47)

  • Anyone know when Vampire Diaries is back? For some reason I was thinking it was this week, but apparently not.

    Comment by E – April 11, 2013 06:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • next thursday its back.

      Comment by ollie – April 11, 2013 06:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Google and Wikipedia know

      Comment by brycealexander – April 11, 2013 06:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • cooooooooool brycealexander.

        Comment by Elyse – April 11, 2013 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • American Idol

    Comment by livvy – April 11, 2013 06:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The First 48

    Comment by kirads09 – April 11, 2013 06:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glee!

    Comment by SusieQ – April 11, 2013 06:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community! Reminds me of the Angel episode “Smile Time.”

    Comment by Roger – April 11, 2013 06:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community Puppets sounds like an idea that works better on paper than in execution. It’s “jump shark” worthy.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – April 11, 2013 06:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Smile Time” on Angel was one of the best episodes ever and it won a Hugo Award amongst other honors. But that was Joss Whedon….and not Community.

      Comment by Georgia Madman – April 11, 2013 07:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • and it was Angel (i.e. supernatural, magic, etc), not Community. If they can magically become puppets, then it jumps the shark. It’ll probably end up being a dream Abed has after hitting his head or something. It may also be a delusion. if the reasoning is sound, it may work, but it’s actually happened and we’re asked to believe that they became actual puppets, that’s one leap too far.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – April 11, 2013 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • sure, because sseing the Greendale gang in multiple timelines was all so realistic! why do you watch Community if you’re so obviously against it! it hasn’t been that great this season but I’m really excited about this episode! all fans should be :)

          Comment by dsm – April 11, 2013 08:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I’m not against it. I like the show very much. the notion of the characters becoming puppets for real would be jumping the shark. again, it’s not like Sliders. its not like they traveled through a wormhole into those other realities.

            Comment by Michael Sacal – April 11, 2013 08:34 AM PDT  
    • I don’t think Community ever has the potential to jump the shark–they’re so far out there in the first place that the absurdity of some episodes, which you’re correct to identify as a shark moment for other series, is simply status quo for Community. But if you think the puppet episode is worthy of jumping the shark, then what’d you think of the musical episode? Or the video game episode?

      Comment by Meg – April 11, 2013 07:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • those were grounded in reality. it’s not like the musical episode had them under a spell that forced them to communicate through song, or that in the video game episode they were transformed into digital characters that live in a video game world.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – April 11, 2013 07:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow. You’re calling this on a show that has been able to do so many episodes that no other show has tried, and they have been successful at it. Do I really need to list all the episodes for you? The Christmas episode work, and this should too. Ye of little faith. Community is known for their special episodes.

      Comment by Abby – April 11, 2013 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It will ultimately depend on context. if it’s a delusion, like the XMas episode, then fine. that would hold. but if the shows plays it like they’ve actually been turned into puppets, that would just not work.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – April 11, 2013 07:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Wait. You don’t know the full synopsis of this episode do you? They are puppets because “Dean Pelton proposes that the gang works out their issues with puppet therapy.” It’s on the NBC site, and a sneak peek of him introducing puppet therapy as well.

          Comment by Abby – April 11, 2013 07:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I can’t access Hulu videos, so I don’t bother seeking anything from NBC because that’s where they tend to be hosted, so I hadn’t seen that sneak peek. I hadn’t read the full synopsis either. Thanks for the clarification.

            Comment by Michael Sacal – April 11, 2013 07:35 AM PDT  
    • I agree.. their previous thematic episodes were cute & quirky, but they are overdosing now

      Comment by Sara – April 11, 2013 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • so greendale becoming the setting for an action movie or 2 wasnt a potential shark jumper, or a claymation episode, or a musical episode, or an episode involving multiple timelines, or an episode done entirely as a video game. i bet if the precious dan harmon was in charge this season there would be nothing but praise for attempting this episode.

      Comment by Alan – April 11, 2013 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • again, the claymation episode (Abed’s perspective), the musical episode (they sang. It wasn’t like they were under a magical spell that compelled them to sing like in Buffy), and the multiple timelines (it wasn’t Sliders) didn’t involve supernatural elements that broke the laws of physics. If they were to magically transform into puppets (which was the impression i was under would be happening) THAT would jump the shark.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – April 11, 2013 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where’s the Hannibal mention?

    Comment by Phillip – April 11, 2013 06:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hannibal, Archer, POI and Elementary.

    Comment by Steve – April 11, 2013 07:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • POI
    Parks and Rec

    Comment by Tori Melching (@lizjaxe) – April 11, 2013 07:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community’s puppet episode. Hope Go On should get renewed for another season by NBC. Person of Interest & Elementary are back with fresh episodes two weeks from tonight (April 25th).

    Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – April 11, 2013 07:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • With only a handful of The Office episodes left, I think I could do without any cheesy guest stars (unless maybe she’s Erin’s mother). By the way, I noticed at the beginning of last week’s ep (“Promos”) that Pam had the same hairstyle and was wearing the same frumpy type clothes as S1. Then she became fixated about some people having changed. My guess is she will realize that it’s not that some people have changed that bothers her, it’s that she hasn’t, and she will do something about it. (Although I would totally excuse a full-time working mother of two babies, this is a tv show). Also, I think the “documentary” aspect has Michael written all over it. I’m sure as more info about it comes to light I will change that thought or be proven wrong, but right now that’s how it looks to me.

    Comment by april-ann – April 11, 2013 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on AMCPress.

    Comment by AMCPress – April 11, 2013 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A very special episode of GLEE.

    Counting the bulimia episode, that makes two this season.

    Another jump the shark milestone.

    Comment by MrJeff2000 – April 11, 2013 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All my NBC shows tonight! Let me just take a moment to plead with NBC to keep Go On…PLEASE, NBC! DON’T CANCEL GO ON! That is all.

    Comment by Babybop – April 11, 2013 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed!!!!! Don’t Cancel Go On Please!!!!

      Comment by Vanny – April 16, 2013 04:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community, Parks & Rec, Hannibal, Elementary, The Daily Show

    Comment by bobbie – April 11, 2013 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Idol, Glee, and Archer for me. (Hey, that rhymes!)

    Comment by Steve F. – April 11, 2013 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • just Glee for me! all of my other shows are on repeats.

    Comment by Elyse – April 11, 2013 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Haha found out this week that almost all of my shows are ABC (or USA in the summer). Had very little to watch

    Comment by Sara – April 11, 2013 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone happen to know when Major Crimes comes back on?

    Comment by Britt – April 11, 2013 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m familiar with Jon Hamm, but who is this John Hamm you speak of?

    Comment by EatMorePez – April 11, 2013 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe Glee. Why do I do this to myself…

    Comment by Emily – April 11, 2013 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community, Go On, Hannibal, and Glee

    Comment by Andy – April 11, 2013 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is Scandal a re-run?

    Comment by The Beach – April 11, 2013 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glee! This episode looks intense!!

    Comment by Jaime04 – April 11, 2013 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can anyone tell me why Grey’s and Scandal aren’t on tonight? I mean come on didn’t they just have a three week hiatus.

    Comment by Yello – April 11, 2013 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Omg. Community was awesome tonite!

    Comment by Jen – April 11, 2013 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Moment, good idea, bad choice. Looks too staged and the woman pictures…really? Where is an episode of “Sliders” when you need it…LOL

    Comment by charles – April 11, 2013 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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