What to Watch Thursday: Community and 2 Other Premieres, Penny's Big 'Bold' Question and More

CommunityOn TV this Thursday: Community returns with a double study session, The Taste sizzles up a second season, the hunt for The Assets is on and will The Big Bang Theory pop the big bang question? As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm The Taste (ABC) | Two-hour Season 2 premiere: Judges Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson winnow a group of culinary hopefuls down to this season’s 16 competitors.

8 pm Community (NBC) | Double-episode Season 5 premiere: Jeff returns to Greendale to gather evidence for his former law partner (played by Rob Corddry, Childrens Hospital) and gets ambushed by a Pelton-organized study-group reunion. Then, Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad) shows new teacher Jeff the ropes; Kevin Corrigan (Grounded for Life) returns as Professor Garrity.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Penny’s big break – a role on NCIS – doesn’t go well, prompting her to ask Leonard “a bold relationship question” (per the official synopsis). Might tonight be the night she makes good on the deal they struck in February?

8:30 pm The Millers (CBS) | Debbie tries to outwit Nathan and Carol, whom she suspects of reading her diary. Ernie Hudson (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) guest-stars as Tom’s new friend.

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9 pm The Crazy Ones (CBS) | Oops! Simon puts Sydney on the account for a very addictive video game.

9 pm Sean Saves the World (NBC) | Sean strives to be a more involved dad at Ellie’s school; Liz and Hunter become temporary roomies. Leslie Grossman (10 Things I Hate About You) guest-stars.

9:30 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | House alum Odette Annable guest-stars as Walden’s former employee, with whom he teams up on a new project; Alan gives Jenny relationship advice.

9:30 pm The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) | Mike throws a party to celebrate Harris winning a big award.

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10 pm The Assets (ABC) | Premiere: This 1980s-set, eight-part series is based on the life of Sandy Grimes, a real-life CIA officer tracking one of the most notorious traitors in U.S. history. Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), Harriet Walter (Law & Order: UK) and Paul Rhys (BBC’s Being Human) star.

10 pm Parenthood (NBC) | Joel steps in when Ed confronts Julia; Zeek makes a new friend while Camille is away. (Watch a sneak peek.)

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  1. Justin says:

    Definitely Big Bang Theory. Maybe The Assets.

  2. Steve says:

    The Assets

  3. Amy says:


  4. “new teacher Jeff” though I’m sure it was a given, this may be a spoiler.

    • Danyelle says:

      maybe you don’t watch much nbc elsewhere, but it’s in like every promo. especially during NYE.

      • You’d be right. NBC doesn’t exist here, so I can’t watch their promos, and all their online videos are region locked.

        • Ally Oop says:

          I know. It’s so annoying. As a Canadian, every time an NBC video pops up I can’t watch it. What also annoys me is that the Canadian channels never give us previews for a show’s next episode at the end of an episode so we get no promos whatsoever.

  5. SK says:

    Big Bang Theory

  6. Kay says:


  7. Maryann says:

    Nothing until Grimm on Friday and Revenge on Sunday,

  8. Abby says:

    Pop! Pop!

  9. Joey says:

    Community excited to watch season premiere! The Crazy Ones, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Parenthood.

  10. Tran 2.0 says:

    Community and Parenthood

  11. Ally Oop says:

    Parenthood and Big Bang Theory for me.

  12. ollie says:

    Castle on tnt to tie me over till Monday

  13. Eric says:

    Community, The Crazy Ones, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Parenthood.

  14. Eric7740 says:

    The Crazy Ones
    Sean Saves the World
    MJF Show

  15. Et al says:

    Community. Second community. First community a second time. Second community a second time.

    • The Truth says:

      Probably do the same, after I download and watch the new Sherlock since I can’t wait two more weeks or whatever it is for PBS to get it.

  16. Kathy says:

    Community! I can’t wait 2 see the Re-Pilot, & see Jonathan Banks. The sad thing, there only 13 episodes, and Danny is only in five.

  17. Ron says:

    Everybody, watch Community instead of TBBT. BBT doesn’t need the ratings boost like Community and Community is easily the superior, more intelligent show. The quality of BBT really took a massive nosedive after season 3. With Harmon back on board at Community, it should (hopefully) deliver the goods. Oh, in case it wasn’t clear, I’ll be watching Community tonight!

  18. Will says:

    Elementary is new tonight, with Moriarty helping on the case. Looks to be the best option in the 10/9c time slot in my opinion.

  19. bobbie says:

    Elementary, Community, Sean Saves, BBT

  20. Pat says:

    I am glad to see some of the shows will have new episodes tonight. At least we will not have to wait another week or two. What I will be watching is The Big Bang Theory, The Millers and Elementary. Parenthood, will be DVR. Also, I will be watching Grey’s Anatomy when they return hopefully with Meredith & Christina having resolved their sniping at one another.

  21. John 1138 says:

    TBBT: they always deliver!

  22. Aleksa says:


  23. Britt says:

    The Taste (last season was boring, but I will try again)
    The Assets
    The Crazy Ones

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