What to Watch Thursday: Big Bang Says 'Hi, Bob,' Parks and Rec Finale, Katey Sagal's Glee & More

The Big Bang TheoryOn TV this Thursday: Sheldon and Leonard get a Big Bang out of hanging with Bob Newhart, Knope & Co. close out Parks and Recreation, a Beauty faces a mother of a twist and it’s all hands on deck when Person of Interest‘s machine contracts the blue screen of death. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

PREVIEW | Community Season 4 Video – Abed Races Through Time to Prevent a Star Wars Murder!

8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Elena thwarts the Salvatore brothers’ attempt to reinstate her humanity, leading them to call for backup from a surprising source. Elsewhere, Caroline has a confusing, dangerous encounter with Klaus.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Comedy icon Bob Newhart (Newhart) guest-stars as Professor Proton, the host of Sheldon and Leonard’s favorite childhood TV show. They hire him to hang out with them, which is totally not creepy in any way.

8:30 pm The Office (NBC) | In this hour-long episode, Andy tries to muster the courage to quit the paper biz and pursue acting, Dwight gets his black belt from his new sensei (guest star Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos) and Jim returns to Scranton to spend more time with Pam.

8:30 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | Walden’s advice for Alan to start dating again works a little too well when he attracts a married woman. Julie Marie Berman (General Hospital) and Amanda Detmer (What About Brian?) guest-star.

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9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | A virus causes the machine to malfunction as the team searches for an elusive tech millionaire. Amy Acker (Angel), Sarah Shahi (Fairly Legal), Carrie Preston (True Blood), Brett Cullen (Falcon Crest) and Jay O. Sanders (Law & Order: CI) reprise their roles as Root, Shaw, Grace, Nathan Ingram and Special Counsel, respectively. (Check out preview photos.)

9 pm Beauty and the Beast (The CW) | Cat learns something that makes her think her mother’s still alive (!); when a sniper takes down the mayor at an event, Vincent finds evidence that links Gabe to the shooting.

9 pm Glee (Fox) | Artie gets news that can affect his future and his mom (guest star Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy), New Directions croons Stevie Wonder tunes and Rachel prepares for her Funny Girl callback.

9:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Season finale: On Leslie’s first anniversary as a city councilor, April gets huge news and Tom considers a big opportuni-Diddy. (Not yet renewed; get its current status.)

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10 pm Elementary (CBS) | Sherlock resumes his hunt for Moriarty when M. (returning guest star Vinnie Jones) reveals that the sleuth’s nemesis may be responsible for some recent murders. (Get scoop.) F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) plays as a hitman known as The Actuary, and Lawrence Lau (All My Children) also guest-stars.

10 pm Hannibal (NBC) | Raul Esparza (Law & Order: SVU) guest-stars as a former colleague of Jack and Alana’s who thinks he has a serial killer in custody… but then one of his patients commits a murder that matches the killer’s profile. Pretty soon, Jack’s former protégé Miriam (Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky) is the next person in the murderer’s sights. Eddie Izzard (The Riches) also guest-stars.

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



Comments (50)

  • Glee!

    Comment by Cammie – May 2, 2013 05:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My Thursday night shows are gonna have to wait. I’m going to see Iron Man 3 today! CAN. NOT. WAIT.

    Comment by Dan – May 2, 2013 05:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glee

    Comment by livvy – May 2, 2013 05:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TBBT and Men at Work with some DVR cleanining in between

    Comment by c-mo – May 2, 2013 05:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Parks&Rec…so sad that season 5 is almost over!but i’m excited!My guess: April is pregnant!!can’t wait to see her and andy as parents…hilarious!!

    Comment by Carla – May 2, 2013 06:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • tvd and poi

    Comment by ollie – May 2, 2013 06:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No TV for me tonight. Iron Man 3 is a priority over the mess of fail that is Thursday night television.

    Comment by Mark – May 2, 2013 06:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What an ill informed comment. This thread should get quite interesting. (And I’m an Iron Man fan.)

      Comment by Lauren – May 2, 2013 07:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hah. Thurs nite is hands down the best nite of tv. I watch greys vampire diaries beauty and the beast suits when its in season all on thursday. There is tons else on too that is super populate with others too. If u can’t find something on thurs then u probably aren’t a fan of tv.

      Comment by danielle h – May 2, 2013 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Your mom is letting you go to a midnight show on a school night?

      Comment by Et al. – May 2, 2013 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glee + Katey Sagal = can’t miss it!

    Comment by BigAdam – May 2, 2013 06:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TVD, Community, The Office, Grey’s, Project Runway reunion

    Comment by Meg – May 2, 2013 06:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TVD and Glee

    Comment by Prue – May 2, 2013 06:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community, Person of Interest & Elementary. NBC better renew Parks & Rec soon.

    Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – May 2, 2013 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, and Elementary.

    Comment by Bridgey – May 2, 2013 06:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BATB

    Comment by ghie – May 2, 2013 06:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Big Bang
    Hannibal

    Comment by SK – May 2, 2013 07:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Person of Interest
    The Vampire Diaries
    Scandal
    Grey’s Anatomy

    Comment by John – May 2, 2013 07:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BATB & Hannibal TVD = lather / rinse / repeat

    Comment by wrstlgirl – May 2, 2013 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BBT, Greys, Scandal, Dvr Hannibal.

    Comment by Babygate – May 2, 2013 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • VD,BaTB,BBT

    Comment by Brandy – May 2, 2013 07:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BatB..TVD and Scandal

    Comment by Jared – May 2, 2013 07:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Idol,Greys,Scandal

    Comment by Joe Petitjean – May 2, 2013 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TBBT
    POI
    Elementary

    Comment by Holly – May 2, 2013 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why isn’t Parks an hour long?!?! *rage shriek* NBC better hurry up and renew this fantastic show

    Comment by Spencer – May 2, 2013 08:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Person of Interest

    Comment by BTM – May 2, 2013 08:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grey’s & Glee! :)

    Comment by Britt – May 2, 2013 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Going to watch Glee for the first time since the second season! Oh, the things I do for Katey Sagal. <3

    Comment by W – May 2, 2013 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Big Bang Theory and Glee

    Comment by Josh – May 2, 2013 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Elementary and POI !

    Comment by Meeloo86 – May 2, 2013 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Big bang theory of coarse!

    Comment by pam – May 2, 2013 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TBBT, BatB, Elementary, PoI

    Comment by mia – May 2, 2013 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community, Hannibal, Glee, TBBT, 2&1/2 Men, and Elementary

    Comment by Andy – May 2, 2013 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal. I hope we get more answers about the mole hunt I hope the mole is not Cyrus. #whoisthemole

    Comment by Nicole – May 2, 2013 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • American Idol
    Glee
    Grey’s Anatomy
    The Big Bang Theory
    and PARKS &REC!!

    Comment by sdexta – May 2, 2013 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TVD, Beauty and the Beast, Scandal

    Comment by Pati D – May 2, 2013 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uh, watching all the shows I have missed this week, primarily Rectify and the Americans.

    Comment by phamster – May 2, 2013 11:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • either some dvr catch-up or Magnum p.i. on MEtv…

    Comment by Jan – May 2, 2013 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • oops! Magnum, p.i. is on COSI, not MEtv. Not that anyone else will be watching…. Magnum never gets old, IMHO.

      Comment by Jan – May 2, 2013 05:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s a good night for TV! Community, Parks & Rec, Elementary, POI, BBT, Hannibal. I”m so hoping that Parks & Rec is renewed! Love it.

    Comment by bobbie – May 2, 2013 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TVD, Grey’s, Hannibal, Glee, Scandal, Parks, and The Office. Good lord, I watch way too much tv.

    Comment by Eric – May 2, 2013 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TBBT, Vampire Diaries, POI and embarassingly enough the Vinnie show on MTV .

    Comment by Just sayin – May 2, 2013 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TBBT & Person of Interest

    Comment by nick1372 – May 2, 2013 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glee!
    Everything else can wait!!

    Comment by Jaime04 – May 2, 2013 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Big Bang Theory
    Person of Interest
    Elementary
    DVR: Hannibal

    Comment by kirads09 – May 2, 2013 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The appearance of Bob Newhart is the only thing making me look forward to watching The Big Bang Theory tonight. I think he is going to be very funny.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – May 2, 2013 06:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This better not be the last new Parks and Rec episode, NBC…

    Comment by Babybop – May 2, 2013 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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