What to Watch Tonight: Big Bang Pits Newhart vs. Nye, Groban Is Crazy, Jafar's Backstory and More

The Big Bang TheoryOn TV this Thursday: Two icons visit The Big Bang Theory, Josh Groban is a Crazy one, Olivia must make a Scandalous decision, the Bluths go Inside the Actor’s Studio and more. 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 Inside the Actor’s Studio (Bravo) | You’ll have made a huge mistake if you don’t tune in to see Warden Stefan Gentles Q&A his former inmates and the rest of the Arrested Development cast.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Angry that Professor Proton (returning Emmy-winning guest star Bob Newhart) asked Leonard for advice instead of him, Sheldon befriends his childhood hero’s rival — Bill Nye the Science Guy.

8 pm The Vampire Diaries (CW) | Tessa (guest-star Janina Gavankar, True Blood) confidently tells Stefan her next move, and Damon is shocked when he discovers the secret to the mysterious woman’s plan.

8 pm Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC) | Flashbacks reveal Jafar’s origins and what he wants from Cyrus, while in Wonderland the sorcerer plots to kill the Knave, putting the Red Queen in a difficult position. Lost‘s Zuleikha Robinson guest-stars.

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9 pm The Returned (Sundance) | Simon approaches his former fiancée, while Camille is unable to fit back in with her family. The returned begin to realize they’re not the only ones who have been brought back.

9 pm White Collar (USA Network) | Neal goes undercover to investigate a psychiatrist (Elizabeth Marvel, Person of Interest) who may be manipulating her patients into committing crimes.

9 pm The Crazy Ones (CBS) | Josh Groban, king of ballads and hilarious cameos (see: Crazy Stupid Love, The Office), guest-stars as Sydney’s infatuated former co-worker who writes a stalkery song about her. “You raise me up/So I can look into your window…

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10 pm Covert Affairs (USA Network) | Annie heads to New York to find evidence of a crime.

10 pm Scandal (ABC) | Olivia must make a difficult decision that will affect all of her relationships in the White House. Meh, there’s nothing a big glass of pinot can’t solve!

10 pm Elementary (CBS) | When Mycroft (Rhys Ifans) comes to NYC to solicit help with a case involving his former fiancée, Sherlock has trouble accepting his brother and Joan’s relationship.

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  1. c says:

    Elementary! Can’t wait to see Mycroft again!

  2. fran says:

    I absolutely LOVE BBT’s sheldon,my fav autistic character

    • Bob says:

      So you’re a doctor now?

    • Brian says:

      He’s not autistic… He may have Aspergers, but they’ve never addressed it. He may just be incredibly socially awkward. He’s definitely not autistic though…

    • Drew says:

      He’s not crazy, his mother had him tested!

      Seriously, though, when the show first started, the writers and producers vehemently denied that he has Asperger’s, but it sure seems like he does and, as the old saying goes, “If it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, it’s a duck!”

  3. Auntie Ralph says:

    Josh Groban is always fun. Also great to see Bill Nye make a Big Bang Theory appearance, I was wondering if that was going to happen.

  4. Austin says:

    Parenthood :D

  5. Eric7740 says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    Crazy Ones

  6. Eric7740 says:

    Hulu Tomorrow:
    MJF Show
    Sean Saves the World

  7. ollie says:

    Tvd reign crazy ones

  8. Stormy says:

    TBBT, White Collar, Two & a Half, Elementary. Kids watching Zookeeper on ABC Fam.

  9. sarah says:

    Vampire Diaries
    Grey’s Anatomy
    PVRing The Crazy Ones

  10. Inside the Actor’s Studio is on at 8pm.

  11. Joey says:

    Inside The Actor’s Studio excited to see Arrested Development cast back together again. The Crazy Ones, Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, and White Collar.

  12. Maryann says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    The Returned (Sundance) Absolutely excellent!

  13. Tran 2.0 says:

    Parenthood. On Demand: Scandal.

  14. lmjo says:

    Not gonna lie, I’ll probably tune into “The Crazy Ones’ just to see Josh Groban.

  15. Eddie says:

    This week can’t go fast enough because next week, as retta puts it, “Parks and Muh’F****** Rec” is back on!!!!

  16. SK says:

    Big Bang
    Crazy Ones
    Covert Affairs

  17. Brandy says:

    Big Bang,OUATIW,VD,Reign,Scandal

  18. Jamie04 says:


  19. Justin says:

    The Big Bang Theory, White Collar and Covert Affairs

  20. Pam says:

    watching live:
    The Voice
    Grey’s Anatomy

    The Vampire Diaries

    On Demand:
    The X Factor

    I love/hate thursdays because all my favorite shows are on

  21. Jared says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    Grey’s Anatomy
    White Collar

  22. TBBT
    The Millers
    The Crazy Ones

  23. Omar Ahmed says:

    DVR-ing The Returned (have the first episode recorded but haven’t seen it yet. Still interested)
    No Parks and Rec? :(
    Might watch Glee

  24. Caitlin P says:

    What does Jafar have to do with Wonderland? Sounds ridiculous.

  25. Cammie says:

    Glee! Gonna be fun tonight!

  26. KC says:

    Glee! Can’t wait to see AdamLambert!!

  27. air jordan says:

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