What to Watch Thursday: The Originals' First Bite, Project Runway Finale, Glee Unplugged and More

GleeOn TV this Thursday: Vampire Diaries fans, get ready for some Originals flavor drama; Project Runway‘s season finale is hard Kors; The Office takes flight and Glee goes acoustic. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Tonight you get the planted pilot for The Originals, TVD‘s Klaus-centric potential spin-off. In it, a mysterious tip leads the vampire to New Orleans, where he’s reunited with his former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis, Grey’s Anatomy) and followed by Elijah. Oh, and Hayley’s there, too, and she’s fallen into the hands of a powerful witch. (Peruse some preview photos and find out why Claire Holt says The Originals is even “darker” than its sire.)

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | When one of Sheldon’s favorite TV shows is canceled too soon, Amy tries to help him get over his compulsive need for closure. (A word of solace, Sheldon: Kickstarter.)

8 pm Community (NBC) | Academy Award-winning screenwriter Jim Rash aka Dean Pelton himself penned tonight’s episode, in which Troy and Abed switch bodies. Wondering about Rash’s creative process? “I just wrote words on a napkin,” he joked to TVLine, “and said, ‘Let’s see what happens!” (The installment also includes Rash and co-star Joel McHale’s favorite Dean-Jeff moment everwatch a preview.)

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9 pm Project Runway (Lifetime) | Two-hour Season 11 finale: Michael Kors is back to help Heidi, Nina and Zac determine a winner. (Not yet renewed, though Season 12 casting is underway.)

9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | The CDC investigates the deaths of several of Bailey’s patients as Jackson and the rest of the board members argue over how to address the crisis with the public. Jennifer Bassey (All My Children) guest-stars.

9 pm Glee (Fox) | The power goes out at McKinley, giving New Directions the perfect reason to unplug with some acoustic tunes. (Check out preview pics.) In New York, Isabelle asks Kurt to volunteer at a charity event, and Rachel and Santana tag along for the fashionable ride. Meanwhile, I wonder what Sue’s been up to since the last time we saw her?

9 pm Beauty and the Beast (The CW) | As Gabe reveals to Cat that he knows about Muirfield, Vincent’s suspicions of the ADA’s intentions create tension for the couple. (See exclusive photo/finale preview.)

9 pm The Office (NBC) | Dwight and Angela vie for a cash prize in an office-wide paper-airplane contest.

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10 pm Elementary (CBS) | Sherlock doesn’t want to celebrate his first year of sobriety. Good thing he has a blackmailer’s murder to take his mind off things! Portia Reiners (One Live to Live) guest-stars.

10 pm Hannibal (NBC) | It’s probably a good idea not to eat while watching any episode of this show, but tonight – as Will tracks a killer who gives his victims wings (it’s nowhere near as pretty as it sounds) — that’s doubly true. Meanwhile, Crawford’s wife Bella (Suits‘ Gina Torres), who’s hiding a secret, begins seeing Lecter as her therapist. (Tonight’s originally scheduled hour has been reformatted as a Web series.)

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60 Comments
  1. Andre says:

    Glee and BATB!

  2. Raver says:

    VD, Grey’s and Scandal… watching Hannibal later!

  3. Jess says:

    SCANDAL ALL THE WAY!!!

  4. kirads09 says:

    The Big Bang Theory
    Person of Interest
    Elementary

    DVR: Hannibal (to be watched in cold light of day way between any meals)

  5. SK says:

    The Big Bang Theory
    Hannibal – really enjoying this show. It’s going a lot better than The Following…so far. :)

  6. Mary says:

    How do you not have Scandal? Can’t wait!

  7. j says:

    Grey’s, Scandal, TVD, & Glee!

  8. anik says:

    It’s Community Thursday! “Academy Award-winning screenwriter Jim Rash” Enough said.

  9. Mm says:

    The Big Bang Theory!!!!! And happy Elementary is back!!!!!

    • Drew says:

      Me, too, to both of those! I was a little doubtful at first, but Elementary has turned out to be a really terrific show, a definite “must-see” for me!!

  10. mia says:

    Beauty and the Beast, Elementary, Runway, TBBT,

  11. Sara says:

    SCAAANDAAAAL!!!! Woohoo

  12. ollie says:

    tvd and poi

  13. Sunny says:

    Big Bang, Greys and SCANDAL!!!!

  14. Luke says:

    TBBT, Grey’s, Scandal live. Hannibal and Elementary online the next day.

  15. Adam L. says:

    Is “Person of Interest” not new tonight? I thought it was new.

  16. Grrrrp says:

    I don’t really care about the character Hayley at all. She’s boring and a majority of fans dislike her. Why is she on the spinoff again?

  17. Nicole says:

    Scandal!!!
    It’s finally back after a 3 week hiatus, can’t wait

  18. GS says:

    Finally…new shows!! TVD, Grey’s, and Scandal live and DVR Big Bang and Beauty and the Beast. Thanks for pointing out the guy in The Originals episode is from Grey’s…was driving me crazy that I couldn’t remember.

  19. sarah says:

    VD
    BATH
    Big Bang

  20. wrstlgirl says:

    BATB and Hannibal baby !! :-)

  21. Babygate says:

    TBBT, Greys and Scandal live. DVR Hannibal and since it looks like we’ll get some NY goodness, Dvr Glee as well. I will have to catch Parks and Rec later online. I hate that they changed the time to 9:30.

  22. lyn says:

    TCM is running Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines. I’ll watch that and catch up on TBBT etc. later.

  23. Eric says:

    Community
    Hannibal

  24. Lena says:

    Where’s Person of Interest? No new episode?

  25. TobyG. says:

    Community, Glee, Hannibal

  26. breealashon says:

    Live-BBT, Parks & Rec, The Office

    DVR-Community, Glee, Elementary, Hannibal

  27. cha11 says:

    Is TVLine boycotting Person of Interest? One of the best shows on TV and gets consistently good ratings – tsk tsk.

  28. Community, Person of Interest & Elementary.

  29. Lise says:

    Hi. About Beauty and the Beast, I have the strangest feeling that Muirfield is going to use Evan’s body for their experiments. It would make a great adversary for Vincent, wouldn’t?

  30. Juan says:

    So excited for both scandal and grey’s

  31. Et. Al says:

    I think Elementary and Grey’s are the only shows on that list I DON’T watch. Thursdays are insane. We’re gonna need a bigger DVR.

  32. Brandy says:

    VD,BatB,BBT

  33. Joe Petitjean says:

    ai,GA, Scandal

  34. Jared says:

    The Originals
    Beauty & the Beast! Can’t wait!!
    Scandal

  35. KC says:

    Is tonight’s Beauty and the Beast the one with Shantel Van Santen? And I know Lucas Bryant from Haven is in this one, but is Steve Lund from Haven in it as well?

  36. Babybop says:

    Big Bang Theory (I have a feeling I can relate to Sheldon in this one…), Vampire Diaries, Office, Parks and Rec, and Community. Man, I love Thursdays!

  37. Andy says:

    Glee, Community, Hannibal, TBBT, 2&1/2 Men, and Elementary

  38. AvCo says:

    EVERYTHING. Thursday is the best night of tv. Vamp’s, Glee, Grey’s, TBBT, Project Runway, SCANDAL!!!!!

  39. forwarddad says:

    #Scandal and then Scandal again. I always miss something first go around.

  40. Kaia says:

    Glee <3
    And Grey's and TVD :]

  41. Georgia says:

    Glad Grey’s, POI and Elementary are back! Still trying to give Hannibal a chance. Not a favorite so far. Just read that NBC is televising the 5th episode tonight and only a few scenes from the 4th episode to help tie in the story between the 3rd and 5th episodes. Love The Following and Dexter because the writing is good and the story lines are terrific. Hannibal needs help!

    • Aprilcot says:

      You can’t honestly believe that The Following is better than Hannibal. I mean, I watch The Following too, and Purefoy and Bacon are great (especially considering the dialogue and plot holes they have to deal with), but it’s not even in the same class as Hannibal. Having said that, I agree that airing episode 4 as “webisodes” is completely lame and a bonehead move.

  42. Aprilcot says:

    Community
    last 5 minutes of Idol
    The Office
    Parks & Rec
    Hannibal
    Glee for later on the DVR

  43. Jaime04 says:

    Glee!!

  44. A says:

    Where is Person Of Interest?! There’s supposed to be a new episode tonight!

  45. Two says:

    Survivor
    Continuum
    Bates Motel
    Amazing Race

  46. DanielleZ says:

    TBBT
    POI
    Elementary

  47. bobbie says:

    bbt, Community, Parks & Rec, POI, Hannibal, Elementary

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