On 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.
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.)
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.)
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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