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.

PHOTOS | Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop on 45 Returning Faves

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.)

PREVIEW | Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jo and Alex to face Small Bumps, and a Big Blast from the Past

RELATED | Two and a Half Men Promotes Amber Tamblyn to Series Regular

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.

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



Comments (62)

  • Tvd and the originals

    Comment by ollie – October 3, 2013 04:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Vampire Diaries
    Originals
    Scandal
    Ironside

    Comment by Maryann – October 3, 2013 04:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Vampire Diaries
    Scandal
    Parenthood

    Good night for tv! c:

    Comment by C – October 3, 2013 04:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Françoise Boissinot – October 3, 2013 04:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by courts – October 3, 2013 05:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glee, Scandal, Elementary and TVD.
    Can’t decide whether to watch The Originals or not.
    I can only stand Rebekah from the cast.

    Comment by Leo – October 3, 2013 04:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Way to much TV tonight……

    Watch
    Parks & Rec
    The Millers
    Greys
    Scandal

    DVR
    Glee
    Elementary

    VOD Tomorrow
    Parenthood
    The Crazy Ones
    The MJFox Show
    Parenthood

    Comment by Tony – October 3, 2013 04:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Tom – October 3, 2013 04:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s the backdoor pilot from Elijah point of view

      Comment by ollie – October 3, 2013 04:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by rarefied – October 3, 2013 06:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Rook – October 3, 2013 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s a new episode, there are no reused scenes from the pilot

      Comment by mac – October 3, 2013 06:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Big Bang Theory
    The Crazy Ones

    Comment by SK – October 3, 2013 04:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SEAN SAVES THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

    Comment by TV God – October 3, 2013 04:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Crazy Ones (which was surprisingly good), MJF, Elementary, Parenthood

    Comment by liz – October 3, 2013 04:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal & Elementary

    Comment by Kim – October 3, 2013 05:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Phooooood!

    Comment by schu – October 3, 2013 05:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Ashlee – October 3, 2013 05:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Scandal for me. Can’t wait for 8pm

    Comment by Pati – October 3, 2013 05:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Greys!

    Comment by N – October 3, 2013 06:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Vampire Diaries
    Greys Anatomy
    The Crazy Ones
    Glee
    SCANDAL!!!
    Parenthood
    Michael J. Fox Show
    Sean Saves the World

    Comment by Eric7740 – October 3, 2013 06:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh I almost forgot, The Originals (even though I caught the premiere on Hulu earlier this week)

    Comment by Eric7740 – October 3, 2013 06:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grey’s & Scandal. Scandal can’t come on soon enough.

    Comment by Dijea (@Dijea) – October 3, 2013 06:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And Wonderland! My TV will be on ABC all night.

      Comment by the girl – October 3, 2013 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Wonderland starts Oct 10

        Comment by Brandy – October 3, 2013 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Elementary: The maths case!

    Comment by c – October 3, 2013 06:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Vampire Diaries, if I can, Elena is cringe worthy and will tune out if she’s whining :-) and will check out The Originals.

    Comment by wrstlgirl – October 3, 2013 06:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Flacco Kaepernick – October 3, 2013 06:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Zach – October 3, 2013 07:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Aprilcot – October 3, 2013 07:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grey’s & Elementary; dvr Scandal

    Comment by Rae – October 3, 2013 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Originals
    Scandal
    Elementary

    Comment by Steve – October 3, 2013 07:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TBBT
    The Millers
    Sean Saves the World
    2&1/2
    Elementary

    Comment by Jovi – October 3, 2013 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Parks and Rec, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, Children’s Hospital, and NTSF.

    Comment by Joey – October 3, 2013 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jen – October 3, 2013 07:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nothing lol

    Comment by Bill – October 3, 2013 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Beanergirl – October 3, 2013 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Congrats on the baby & on discovering Scandal :)

      Comment by Sara – October 3, 2013 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sean Saves The World will be amazing!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by TV God – October 3, 2013 07:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BBT,VD,TO

    Comment by Brandy – October 3, 2013 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thursday is always such a busy tv night. Gonna watch TVD and Greys live. Will DVR The Originals.

    Comment by Megan – October 3, 2013 08:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal
    Grey’s Anatomy
    Elementary
    Glee
    The Big Bang Theory

    Comment by abz – October 3, 2013 08:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Live – TVD, Originals and Scandal

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

    Comment by sarah – October 3, 2013 08:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TBBT, The Crazy Ones, 2&1/2 Men, Elementary, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Glee.

    Comment by Andy – October 3, 2013 08:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No one is watching Glee for Tina, they’re watching it for Demi and Santana, and Kitty, and everyone but her

    Comment by Riana – October 3, 2013 08:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You may be right – Demi has a HUGE fan following.

      Comment by Jamie04 – October 3, 2013 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m someone and you don’t know me, just sayin’.

        Comment by wrstlgirl – October 3, 2013 09:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Might give Welcome to the Family a shot, because of Mike O’Malley. Otherwise, TBBT and Glee.

    Comment by Steve F. – October 3, 2013 08:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • XFactor
    Glee

    I’ll DVR Sean Saves the World and The Originals

    Comment by Jamie04 – October 3, 2013 08:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Elementary for sure.

    Comment by Tania – October 3, 2013 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My two remaining favourites – SCAAAAANDAL & PARENTHOOOD (RIP Breaking Bad)

    Comment by Sara – October 3, 2013 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Busy night. LOVE Vampire Diaries. Not going to even bother PVRing The Originals. The backdoor pilot bored me.

    Comment by Gerald – October 3, 2013 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll watch TVD this week, but then I’m going to have to choose between that and Wonderland

    Comment by Mikael – October 3, 2013 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TBBT
    Grey’s
    Scandal!!!

    Comment by nikki – October 3, 2013 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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 -

    Comment by lisa – October 3, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay Scandal!!! Parks & Rec, Elementary, tbbt, sean saves the world, The Originals

    Comment by bobbie – October 3, 2013 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And the crazy ones!

      Comment by bobbie – October 3, 2013 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Live: Parks and Rec, The Crazy Ones, MJF, Parenthood
    DVR: The X Factor, Glee, The Big Bang Theory

    too much TV D:

    Comment by Austin – October 3, 2013 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • oh wait I forgot Scandal too.

      Comment by Austin – October 3, 2013 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by scb – October 3, 2013 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Most of my favorite shows air on thursdays so…

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

    Comment by Pam – October 3, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Roni – October 3, 2013 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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