What to Watch Thursday: Shonda Shows Return, Parks Anniversary, Vikings, Elementary and More

KATE BURTON, PAUL ADELSTEINOn TV this Thursday: Scandal returns with a big announcement, Cheryl Hines meets The Crazy Ones, The Red Road debut tries to make peace and Idol sees its first elimination. As a supplement to TVLine’s features (linked within), here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The first finalist of the season is voted off in the live results show.

8 pm Community (NBC) | Professor Duncan tries to seduce Britta; Abed spends quality time with Hickey.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Leonard’s purchase of a dining room table causes Sheldon to reevaluate his life, while Wolowitz is offered a chance to go back to space.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie and Ben celebrate their one-year anniversary and April proves her authority as Donna’s new boss.

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9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Spring premiere: The folks of Grey+Sloan Memorial deal with the aftermath of April’s wedding; Callie and Arizona make a decision about their future. (Check out photos, read what Jessica Capshaw has to say about Arizona and whether Camilla Luddington thinks she’s Izzie 2.0.)

9 pm The Red Road (Sundance) | Series premiere: Martin Henderson (Off the Map) plays a sheriff fighting to keep his family together while policing the clashing communities of a small New York town and a federally unrecognized Native American tribe. Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), Julianne Nicholson (Boardwalk Empire), Tamara Tunie (Law and Order: SVU) also star.

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10 pm Scandal (ABC) | Spring premiere: As Sally Langston makes a shocking announcement, Olivia finds herself in a challenging new role. (Watch a killer sneak peek.)

10 pm Elementary (CBS) | Tensions rise when Holmes and Watson are forced to partner with Gareth Lestrade (Sean Pertwee), Sherlock’s former Scotland Yard colleague.

10 pm Vikings (History) | Season 2 premiere: The battle against Jarl Borg begins; Princess Aslaug travels to Kattegat.

10 pm Portlandia (IFC) | Season 4 premiere: Doug and Claire make a big announcement; Sandra finds a soulmate and Fred is visited by a Date Fact Checker.

10 pm Parenthood (NBC) | Julia seeks support from the family; Jasmine and Crosby move into Zeek and Camille’s house.

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  1. spindae2 says:

    Can’t wait for Grey’s & Scandal to air, I’m waiting to long.

  2. Eddie says:

    Parks, Community and, wait for it… SCANDAL!!!!

  3. Tessa says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    Parenthood- live
    Grey’s anatomy- Hulu

  4. SK says:

    The Big Bang Theory

  5. Justin says:

    Parks and Recreation and The Big Bang Theory.

  6. Haysheesh says:

    SCANDAL SCANDAL SCANDAL!!! I’ve waited too long for my fix!!

  7. Steve says:


  8. Ded says:


  9. Austin says:

    Parks & Rec
    American Idol @9 on DVR

    The Big Bang Theory
    King of the Nerds

    I think that’s it lol

  10. Jillian says:


  11. Eric7740 says:

    Vampire Diaries
    Crazy Ones

  12. Tran 2.0 says:

    Community, Parenthood and Day 4 of Late Night with Seth Meyers. On Demand: Scandal.

  13. Anna says:

    Parks & Rec
    The Red Road

  14. greysfan says:

    Finally. The return of Grey’s and Scandal! Been waiting so long but it will be worth the wait because we won’t have gaps in the season. I’d prefer a split season over new ep one week repeat the next.

  15. Rebecca says:

    Parks & Rec, PARENTHOOD!!, Greys. Scandal lost me this season.

  16. Et al says:


  17. Lecholls says:

    Parks and Portlandia

  18. CourtTV says:

    Going to try Red Road. I’ve liked Jason Momoa since Stargate:Atlantis.

  19. Joey Padron says:

    Community, Parks and Rec, The Crazy Ones, Parenthood, and Jimmy Fallon. DVR Portlandia.

  20. Jess says:


  21. kirads09 says:

    The Red Road (Jason! ♥)

  22. Andrea says:

    Greys Anatomy and Scandal!! Been too long of a wait.

  23. Parenthood! Never been happier to see the Olympics end before.

  24. bobbie says:

    Community, Reign, Big Bang, Parks & Rec, Scandal, Elementary, The Crazy Ones

  25. Maryann says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    The Red Road

  26. HAP says:

    The Red Road received a fairly solid review in today’s LA Times, and Julianne Nicholson’s performance was rated really good.

  27. Pam says:

    American Idol, and more importantly Greys and Scandal! Can’t wait.

  28. Kevin says:

    What is going on with Rake? Once again, they are swapping episodes. Tonight, episode 6, “Mammophile”, was supposed to air. Instead, FOX is now airing the 7th episode, “Jury Tampering” (which was supposed to air on March 6, 2014).

    Tonight’s episode started with “Previously on…”, and of course it includes scenes from “Mammophile” that we have yet to see.

    No wonder the episodes are not making any sense.

    Ausiello please investigate and let us know!

  29. Pinkle says:

    Parks and Rec
    Hollywood Game Night
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    The Big Bang Theory (online)
    Late Night with Seth Meyers (online)

  30. Bill says:

    TNA, Vikings and Pawn Stars