What to Watch Tonight: Sheldon's Big Visit, Hell's Kitchen Reopens, Community Goes Bad and More

the-big-bang-theory325bOn TV this Thursday: Big Bang‘s Sheldon visits his mom, Fox serves a fresh helping of Hell’s Kitchen, a new King of the Nerds is crowned and Community hosts a Breaking Bad reunion. 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 Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | Season 12 premiere: Chef Ramsay splits the 20 contestants into two teams – men vs. women — and asks each faction to present their signature dish.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Sheldon is forced to face a new reality when he visits his mom (returning guest star Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne) in Houston. (Psst, did you hear the very Big renewal news?)

8 pm Community (NBC) | Things get intense when Abed and Annie search for a new roommate. Brie Larson (United States of Tara) returns as Rachel, while Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan also guest-stars.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie comes up with a new town slogan — much to the dismay of some locals, including “The Douche” (played by The League‘s Nick Kroll).

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9 pm American Idol (Fox) | New time slot alert: Another singer is voted off in the live results show. (Check out TVLine’s interview with Idol‘s latest castoff, Emily Piriz.)

9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Jo and Stephanie find an abandoned baby outside the hospital, while Arizona experiences a bad day that only gets worse. (Get scoop and watch a sneak peek.)

9:30 pm The Crazy Ones (CBS) | Simon’s hatred for all things St. Patrick’s Day escalates when Andrew’s many sisters come to the office, hardy to party. Retired Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar guest-stars as himself.

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10 pm Scandal (ABC) | Fitz is thrown for a loop during the first presidential debate, while Olivia is faced with an extremely difficult decision. (Is it: “Eggshell overcoat, or chantilly”?)

10 pm King of the Nerds (TBS) | Season 2 finale: The previously voted-off Nerds return to assist the final two in crowning a new King.

10 pm Portlandia (IFC) | A celery salesman (Boardwalk Empire‘s Steve Buscemi) tries to make the underappreciated veggie go viral. Silas Weir Mitchell (Grimm) also guest-stars.

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