What to Watch Thursday: HIMYM Visits the Actors Studio, a Vikings Union, Surviving Jack and More

himym-actors-studio325On TV this Thursday: The HIMYM cast goes Inside the Actors Studio, Fitz’s kids visit Scandal, Chris Meloni wants you to know Jack and a Grey’s Anatomy doc lives parallel lives. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within) — and with CBS still in hoops mode — here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC) | Alice and the Knave’s friendship is tested; the Jabberwocky tries to free herself.

8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Caroline and Enzo take a trip to Atlanta to look for a new doppelganger, and Bonnie has a startling encounter with Luke. (Get scooped!)

8 pm Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo) | James Lipton sits down with How I Met Your Mother‘s Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, and Cobie Smulders to discuss the show’s nine-year run, which ends Monday. (No slapping included.)

8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | Ramsay serves up a physical challenge involving pigs and potatoes.

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9 pm Suits (USA Network) | Harvey and Mike are put in an unpleasant position when they take on one of their biggest clients yet, while Louis faces a huge problem.

9 pm The Red Road (Sundance) | In the show’s penultimate episode, Kopus heads to Brooklyn and Jean makes a difficult decision.surviving-jack325

9:30 pm Surviving Jack (Fox) | Series premiere: From EP Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) stars as a father who becomes a full-time parent for the first time after his wife (Rachael Harris, from everything) enrolls in law school. Connor Buckley (Deception) and Claudia Lee (Hart of Dixie) also star.

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10 pm Scandal (ABC) | The Grant children (Lost alums Dylan Minnette and Madeline Carroll) visit the White House, where they prepare for a live television interview with Fitz and Mellie. (Get scoop and more scoop.)

10 pm Vikings (History) | Lagertha and Ragnar join forces to take out Jarl Borg. (Psst, hear the big news?)

10 pm Parenthood (NBC) | Joel and Sarah celebrate the completion of their projects, and Amber tries to surprise Sydney and Victor.

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  1. Justin says:


  2. Sasha says:

    Surviving Jack looks horrible. How about they put Enlisted in that time slot?

  3. Matthew Weber says:

    Suits, TBBT

  4. Gaara says:


  5. Tessa says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    Grey’s Anatomy-Hulu

  6. DL says:

    Actor’s Studio, Suits, and Parenthood!

  7. tara17 says:

    No TBBT until next week… Looking forward to Actor’s Studio.

  8. madbengalsfan85 says:


  9. Eric7740 says:

    Vampire Diaries

  10. Eric7740 says:

    Surviving Jack!!! Chris Meloni!!!

  11. TV God says:

    Vikings and inside the actors studio. I’m not ready for HIMYM to end! I’m still emotionally raw from the Psych series finale from last night!!!

  12. AO says:

    Also, *Smulders
    Come on, tvline. Cobie Smulders. The show has been on for 9 seasons

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      This egregious typo has been fixed; thank you for the note. –Mgmt.

    • N tTVf says:

      Last night- Thursday night – what a night for CS! We do need to get the spelling right on here name. ;)

      I had no idea she was also on NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night” on NBC last night. I’m watching anything and everything about HIMYM this week as the show winds down next Monday night, so I watched a couple of HIMYM reruns on local syndication during dinner hour, then switched over to more HIMYM reruns on WGN while I cleaned up after dinner until 8pm. Then sat back and watched ‘Inside Actor’s Studio’ as I’d planned, featuring the HIMYM cast – that was really good.

      Then 9pm rolls around, and I switched back to WGN to catch more HIMYM reruns, but alas, too late, Community reruns on. So, I flipped channels and rolled through NBC for a moment, and…what’s up!!? I saw Cobie and Taran Killam on Hollywood Game Night! What?? The HIMYM cast is EVERYWHERE this week!

      So, I settled back into my chair and watched Game Night and the CS-TK couple go at it on competing teams – very fun to watch; enjoyed watching them together out of character – ‘Show them the guns, Cobie.’

      I rarely have the time (or make the time) to watch three hours of television straight, no breaks, but that’s what I did last night. HIMYM – you guys are the best.

  13. Liv says:


  14. sarah says:

    Vampire Diaries
    PVR: Suits

  15. Tran 2.0 says:

    Community, Parenthood & Scandal

  16. Laeticia says:


  17. Name This Tune says:

    Hell’s Kitchen

  18. Joey Padron says:

    Community, Parks and Rec, check out Surviving Jack, Parenthood, and Jimmy Fallon. DVR Inside the Actors Studio, Suits, and Portlandia.

  19. Jared says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    Surviving Jack

  20. Eric says:

    Community, Parks & Rec, Surviving Jack and Parenthood

  21. Brandy says:


  22. Dianne says:

    Suits and Surviving Jack. I can’t get enough of Chris Meloni. SVU not the same show since he left.

  23. wenraz says:

    No Community tonight? Bummer. I will give Surviving Jack a look. It will be nice seeing Chris Meloni play something different than Stabler (as much as I loved Stabler). This might be more like the character he played in Runaway Bride. Someone a little more loose and goofy. Did not care for his character on True Blood at all. We’ll see.

  24. Bob Smith says:

    Inside The Actor’s Studio.

    Hard to believe that James Lipton is 87 years old. And, that he was a licensed pimp in Paris in the 1950s!

  25. Ally Oop says:

    Vikings (via DVR same tonight)
    Surviving Jack (via DVR tonight)
    Parenthood (via DVR tonight)
    Grey’s Anatomy (via DVR this weekend)
    Vampire Diaries (via DVR this weekend)
    Suits (via DVR eventually)
    Big Bang Theory (via DVR eventually)

  26. Beth says:

    I love Thurs nights!
    Surviving Jack – another CM fan here..

  27. schu says:

    Rachel Harris, from everything. Hahaha, so true. That lady is workin
    Suits and Phood!

  28. Joey Padron says:

    Nevermind Community and Parks and Rec since they’re not on tonight. I’ll watch Inside the Actors Studio with HIMYM cast.

  29. Britt says:

    Hell’s Kitchen
    Bruins Basketball! Goooooooooo Bruins ;-)

  30. LAwoman says:

    NCAA hoops (Go Bruins!), Actors Studio, Grey’s, Vikings

  31. Linda says:

    Watched Inside the Actors Studio. It was …wait for it…LEGENDARY!

  32. Bill says:

    Vikings and Pawn Stars