What to Watch Tonight: Scandal, Vampire Diaries Return, The Originals and 3 Comedies Premiere

Always and ForeverOn TV this Thursday: The Vampire Diaries returns (along with its spinoff The Originals), fresh Scandal brews and three new comedies get in their first laughs. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm The Vampire Diaries (CW) | Season 5 premiere: It’s TVD: The College Years! After a passionate summer with Damon, Elena adjusts to college life, while doppelganger Katherine begs Elena’s boo for help. (Get scoop and photos!)

8 pm Parks & Recreation (NBC) | Leslie meets with her Eagleton counterpart, played by Kristen Bell (House of Lies). Might we see a Party Down reunion with Adam Scott?

8:30 pm The Millers (CBS) | Series premiere: Will Arnett (Arrested Development) stars as a reporter whose divorce throws the marriage of his parents (played by Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges) into disarray. Jayma Mays (Glee), JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) co-star. (Get scoop and a first look.)

8:30 pm Welcome to the Family (NBC) | Series premiere: Mike O’Malley (Glee) and Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Desperate Housewives) play the patriarchs of very different clans brought together by their teen kids’ unplanned entry into parenthood. Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) and Justina Machado (Private Practice) play the mothers. (Get scoop.)

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9 pm Glee (FOX) | Tina campaigns for prom queen in the second half of the Beatles tribute. Here’s hoping for a Carrie-style blood-soaked cover of “Helter Skelter.” (See all of our dream plot developments.)

9 pm The Originals (CW) | Series premiere (special night): Klaus , the original vampire/werewolf hybrid, returns to New Orleans, joined by siblings Elijah — from whose perspective this new episode is told — and Rebekah, as well as baby mama-to-be Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin). (Watch an exclusive video.) NOTE: A new episode airs next Tuesday at 8, in the show’s regular time slot.

9 pm Sean Saves the World (NBC) | Series premiere: Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) juggles a pushy mom (Linda Lavin, Alice), needy boss (Thomas Lennon, Reno 911!) and best friend (Megan Hilty, Smash), all while trying to raise his teen daughter (Samantha Isler). (Read TVLine’s First Impression.)

9:30 pm The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) | Mike and Annie are dismayed by the racy subject matter of their daughter’s photography class. (Recover from the loss of Breaking Bad by pretending that Betsy Brandt’s Marie entered WitSec and started a new life in New York City.)

PREVIEW | Parenthood Scoop: Is ‘Happily Ever After’ Ahead for Amber/Ryan? Plus: More on Season 5

10 pm Scandal (ABC) | Season 3 premiere: As the buzziest show this side of cable returns, Olivia must contend with her exposure as President Grant’s mistress and the appearance of her father aka B613 boss Rowan. (Don’t miss Scandal: The Secret Is Out at 8 pm for a refresher on what’s already happened.) (Watch three sneak peeks and get 28 premiere teases.)

10 pm Elementary (CBS) | Proving you can escape Smash alive, Jeremy Jordan returns to TV — on the same night as former co-star Megan Hilty — as the needy son of one of Joan’s ex-patients. (Get scoop.)

COMING NEXT THURSDAY: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland premieres.

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  1. ollie says:

    Tvd and the originals

  2. Maryann says:

    Vampire Diaries

  3. C says:

    The Vampire Diaries

    Good night for tv! c:

  4. Welcome to the family makes me think of a series from Canada: 18 to Life http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/18_to_Life . It was broadcasted in the summer of 2010 on the CW. The only differences is that they are 18, not 16 and that they just get married. Look at both synopsis and tell me it if you think they are similar. Is it possible that Welcome to the Family is the USA adaptation of 18 to Life. Wouldn’t be the first time.

    • courts says:

      Oh yeah, I remember that show. I do think the US tried to adapt Little Mosque on the Prairie once. And there have been rumours about Being Erica, so it wouldn’t surprise me.

  5. Leo says:

    Glee, Scandal, Elementary and TVD.
    Can’t decide whether to watch The Originals or not.
    I can only stand Rebekah from the cast.

  6. Tony says:

    Way to much TV tonight……

    Parks & Rec
    The Millers


    VOD Tomorrow
    The Crazy Ones
    The MJFox Show

  7. Tom says:

    The Originals episode – Is it actually a new episode or a slightly edited version of the backdoor pilot of The Vampire Diaries that aired last year (minus the Stefan/Damon/Elena scenes + the new scene at the end). Saw some version of that somewhere.

    • ollie says:

      It’s the backdoor pilot from Elijah point of view

      • rarefied says:

        I think it’s kind of dumb to start off with a third version of that same ep instead of doing something new to hook viewers when the show is supposed to go up against SHIELD starting next week.

        • Rook says:

          It’s so that if you missed the backdoor pilot you won’t be lost. And i read that are new scenes and a cliffhanger that ties into what the season is about.

    • mac says:

      It’s a new episode, there are no reused scenes from the pilot

  8. SK says:

    The Big Bang Theory
    The Crazy Ones

  9. TV God says:

    SEAN SAVES THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  10. liz says:

    Crazy Ones (which was surprisingly good), MJF, Elementary, Parenthood

  11. Kim says:

    Scandal & Elementary

  12. schu says:


  13. Ashlee says:

    BBT, TVD, Originals, Greys, Glee, but I’m only watching this week’s episode of Glee and next weeks and then I’m done with it

  14. Pati says:

    Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Scandal for me. Can’t wait for 8pm

  15. Eric7740 says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    Greys Anatomy
    The Crazy Ones
    Michael J. Fox Show
    Sean Saves the World

  16. Eric7740 says:

    Oh I almost forgot, The Originals (even though I caught the premiere on Hulu earlier this week)

  17. Grey’s & Scandal. Scandal can’t come on soon enough.

  18. c says:

    Elementary: The maths case!

  19. wrstlgirl says:

    The Vampire Diaries, if I can, Elena is cringe worthy and will tune out if she’s whining :-) and will check out The Originals.

  20. I’ll watch the debut of Sean Saves the World for one night only. Also, The Michael J. Fox Show and Parenthood. On Demand: Season Three premiere of Scandal.

  21. Zach says:

    Sean Saves the World already aired in Canada. It’s a lot better than the trailer makes it look. The thing about it is, the workplace scenes are really funny. The family scenes, not so much. Thomas Lennon is hilarious as the evil boss.

  22. Aprilcot says:

    Parks & Rec
    The Crazy Ones
    The Michael J. Fox Show
    Glee on the DVR (I just can’t quit it)

    I’m still a little bitter/sad that The Office and 30 Rock aren’t in my Thursday night viewing block anymore.

  23. Rae says:

    Grey’s & Elementary; dvr Scandal

  24. Steve says:

    The Originals

  25. Jovi says:

    The Millers
    Sean Saves the World

  26. Joey says:

    Parks and Rec, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, Children’s Hospital, and NTSF.

  27. Jen says:

    watching TVD, Originals, and Parenthood live.
    catching Parks and Rec, The Crazy Ones, and Glee on demand tomorrow. I might give The Millers a chance on demand, if only for Will Arnett.

  28. Bill says:

    Nothing lol

  29. Beanergirl says:

    I’ve wanted to watch new Scandal all Summer since I burned through both seasons early in my maternity leave within a couple of days! Bring it on!

  30. TV God says:

    Sean Saves The World will be amazing!!!!!!!!!

  31. Brandy says:


  32. Megan says:

    Thursday is always such a busy tv night. Gonna watch TVD and Greys live. Will DVR The Originals.

  33. abz says:

    Grey’s Anatomy
    The Big Bang Theory

  34. sarah says:

    Live – TVD, Originals and Scandal

    PVR – BBT, Crazy Ones, Sean saves the world and Michel J Fox show

  35. Andy says:

    TBBT, The Crazy Ones, 2&1/2 Men, Elementary, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Glee.

  36. Riana says:

    No one is watching Glee for Tina, they’re watching it for Demi and Santana, and Kitty, and everyone but her

  37. Steve F. says:

    Might give Welcome to the Family a shot, because of Mike O’Malley. Otherwise, TBBT and Glee.

  38. Jamie04 says:


    I’ll DVR Sean Saves the World and The Originals

  39. Tania says:

    Elementary for sure.

  40. Sara says:

    My two remaining favourites – SCAAAAANDAL & PARENTHOOOD (RIP Breaking Bad)

  41. Gerald says:

    Busy night. LOVE Vampire Diaries. Not going to even bother PVRing The Originals. The backdoor pilot bored me.

  42. Mikael says:

    I’ll watch TVD this week, but then I’m going to have to choose between that and Wonderland

  43. nikki says:


  44. lisa says:

    Matt – I’m suprised you didn’t mention the worlds collliding on “The Millers” & “New Girl”- Margo played “Nick Miller” on New Girl’s mom – here she is playing “Nathan Miller”‘s mom –

  45. bobbie says:

    Yay Scandal!!! Parks & Rec, Elementary, tbbt, sean saves the world, The Originals

  46. Austin says:

    Live: Parks and Rec, The Crazy Ones, MJF, Parenthood
    DVR: The X Factor, Glee, The Big Bang Theory

    too much TV D:

  47. scb says:

    Live: TBBT, Welcome to the Family, Glee, and Parenthood
    On Demand whenever it’s put on there: Sean Saves the World and Grey’s Anatomy.

  48. Pam says:

    Most of my favorite shows air on thursdays so…

    Live: The X Factor, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal
    DVR: Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Glee

  49. Roni says:

    Degrassi’s fall premiere is tonight on TeenNick.

    I’ll also be watching: Glee (Dantana!), Parks and Rec, Sean Saves the World, Grey’s, Project Runway, Two and a Half Men (hate the show, just watching it for Amber Tamblyn), and Childrens Hospital.