What to Watch Thursday: Scandal and 3 Other Finales, Vikings Set Sail, Parks and Rec and More

TONY GOLDWYN, SCOTT FOLEY, KERRY WASHINGTONOn TV this Thursday: The Community finale delves into Greendale’s history, The Crazy Ones try to save a library — and the ad agency — before the season ends, Parenthood‘s finale reminisces about (and re-enacts!) the past, Vikings pull up the anchors and Scandal goes out with a boom. 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) | Things go downhill when one chef serves an undercooked dish. (Psst, contestant: If you say it’s part of the “raw food revolution,” people will think you’re just trendy.)

8 pm Community (NBC) | Season finale: The group delves into the legend of Greendale’s former Dean Russell Borchert (Chris Elliott, Eagleheart) and looks into his disappearance after a personal scandal in the 1970s. (Watch an exclusive sneak preview.) (Not yet renewed; check status.)

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie and Ben hold a charity auction to raise funds for the unity concert; Donna asks Ron for help with her ex-boyfriend (Key & Peele’s Keegan Michael-Key).

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9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Cristina asks Meredith for help in preparing her acceptance speech for her possible Harper Avery win.

9 pm Reign (The CW) | When Mary’s brother James arrives in France and wants Mary to return to Scotland, Francis gets suspicious. (Read what star Adelaide Kane has to tease about the run-up to the season finale.)

9 pm The Crazy Ones (CBS) | One-hour season finale: Simon and the team try an unorthodox idea to save a library; a corporation wants to buy out the ad agency… and Simon’s ex-wife (Marilu Henner, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) has the deciding vote. Brad Garrett returns and Gayle King (CBS This Morning) and Melody Thomas Scott (The Young and the Restless) guest-star. (Not yet renewed; check status.)

9:30 pm Surviving Jack (Fox) | Jack and Joanne take full advantage of the kids being out of the house for Homecoming Night.

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10 pm Scandal (ABC) | Season finale: The candidates will do anything to get votes on Election Day; Olivia tries to understand Maya’s motives. (Get scoop and make sure to stick around for showrunner Shonda Rhimes’ appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s “Behind the Scandalabra” episode at 11:35.) (Not yet renewed; check status.)

10 pm Parenthood (NBC) | Season finale: Adam and Crosby reminisce about their childhood and even do some reenacting; Haddie returns home for the summer with a surprise. (Not yet renewed; check status.)

10 pm Vikings (History) | Ragnar, Horik and Lagertha set sail for Wessex, but Ragnar and Horik have different ideas about the purpose of the trip. (See what series creator Michael Hirst has to say about the next few episodes.)

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  1. Rich Stowe says:

    is it a bad sign that the Crazy Ones haven’t been picked up yet considering almost every other CBS show has been picked up (Mom etc)?

    • Bryce says:

      It’s certainly not great, but I have a feeling it will be back. It really is very good.

    • Jax says:

      It’s not a good sign but nothing is ever final until the actual announcement is made. However, CBS has a history of canceling it’s lowest performing sitcoms every year and The Crazy Ones is the lowest sitcom.

      • cathy says:

        2 broke girls and the Millers, yet the easy ones is still nota sure thing. So much for quality.

        • Brandy says:

          It’s not about quality, it about ratings and making money for the network.Millers has good ratings for CBS and is the only CBS owned comedy.2Broke Girls is good rated for CBS and is a season away from syndication.

      • Melanie says:

        I’m afraid it’s getting cancelled. Some jokes are funny, the cast is great. Each character is awesome, but somehow it’s just not that good.

    • herman1959 says:

      DITTO. With the renewal of Mom, CBS is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

      • Drew S says:

        Hey, wait a minute, “Mom” is a really cute and funny show and I, for one, am glad that it’s been picked up for another season! I mean, OK, it ain’t no Seinfeld or Frasier or Friends or Cheers, but, considering the general quality of sitcoms these days, it’s actually pretty darn good!

  2. Bryce says:

    Shame on you for not putting Parenthood in the headline!

    • TV Gord says:

      I can see the logic of leaving it out. Parenthood fans are a loyal bunch, and we would know that tonight’s Parenthood night. We don’t need a headline, whereas someone who might or might not tune in for the season finale of Scandal might check it out just because it’s the finale, so a headline makes more sense.

  3. Bryce says:

    So as far as a Parenthood renewal goes, I hope they go for it again with a full order. This longer season has been a joy and I really hope they can figure it out. NBC would be silly to not support Parenthood fully.

    • schu says:

      Same thoughts here! Crossing fingers for a renewal, and I really hope they get some Emmy love this year to help with matters, also because they friggin deserve ALL the awards!

    • Kyle says:

      IMHO shortened season 4 (15 episodes) was its best. 22 makes the story slower

      • TV Gord says:

        Or more time for an occasional lighter moment or to delve into a bit more character development. I liked the slower development of stories this season, especially Hank’s self-diagnosis that he could possibly be on the Autism spectrum. That has been a terrific storyline!

        • Yay! Someone other than me who appreciated the slow, subtle but constant & continuing story. The character development has been stellar. Kudos to Ray Romano for a job will done.

          The entire season has really been incredible though. It’s hard to pick a fav storyline. Spot on acting realistically dealing with many issues impacting families today (special needs kid, aging parents, cancer, mold/other environmental health hazards). Although I’m intentionally ignoring everything related to Drew. ;) His storyline left a lot to be desired.

          Very much looking forward to the return of Haddie! Yay for bringing her back with a bang!

  4. Gaara says:


  5. Steve says:


  6. Roberta says:

    Scandal not yet renewed? That is not even possible.

    • herman1959 says:

      That’s ABC and Mr. Lee for ya! BTW, have you heard he just signed a new contract?

    • KSM says:

      I watched last weeks episode on demand last night, and at the end of the episode it already had an ad saying Scandal will be back for another season. I think it is just a formality at this point.

      • ABG says:

        ABC hasn’t renewed anything yet. I think OUAT, Revenge, Scandal, Castle, The Middle, SHIELD, The Goldbergs, Suburgatory, Grey’s, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Last Man Standing and most likely Nashville are all coming back.

  7. Eric7740 says:

    Vampire Diaries

  8. Pati says:

    Reign, Scandal and Vikings. I’m always torn about Scandal and Vikings never know which one to watch live. They are both so good. But since tonight is Scandal’s finale I think I’ll go with Scandal.

  9. Pat says:

    Grey’s Anatomy and Parenthood. Everything else that I watch are repeats and Elementary is not even on tonight. I too, hope that Parenthood gets renewed but the longer NBC holds out on this, I feel like that is not a good sign and this is one time that I am hoping to be proved wrong!

  10. wrstlgirl says:

    Vikings, Reign and Surviving Jack

  11. sarah says:

    Vampire Diaries
    Grey’s Anatomy
    Parenthood Finale
    Community Finale PVR
    Crazy Ones 2 episode Finale PVR
    Hollywood Game Night PVR

  12. Joey Padron says:

    Community, Parks and Rec, The Crazy Ones hope show gets renewed for season 2, and Parenthood. DVR Surviving Jack and Portlandia.

  13. Eric says:

    Parks & Rec
    The Crazy Ones

    I’m really hoping for renewals for the three of those that haven’t gotten one yet. I don’t expect one for The Crazy Ones at this point, but I’d be really disappointed if Community and Parenthood didn’t receive shortened final seasons at the least.

  14. Tallee says:

    Vikings, Portlandia, Big Bang if that’s on…all on the dvr since I won’t be home. :(

  15. Brandy says:


  16. Ally Oop says:

    A great night of tv tonight, especially Vikings, Reign, Parenthood and Surviving Jack. I will also watch Grey’s and Vampire Diaries.

  17. CW says:

    Parenthood. Please, NBC, renew this gem!

    Parks and Rec. Thanks, NBC, for supporting this other gem.

  18. Rich Abey says:

    Looking forward to the Community finale…it’s gonna be awesome! Parks and Rec & Grey’s should be fun too, what with Meredith still hiding her jealousy from everybody and now forced to help Christina write a possible acceptance speech!

  19. Britt says:

    Hell’s Kitchen
    The Crazy Ones

  20. Maryann says:

    The Vampire Diaries
    Scandal season finale

  21. TV Gord says:

    I’ll be watching the finales of Community, Parenthood and The Crazy Ones. Then it’s the long 25/27 day waits to find out whether they are all renewed! Fingers crossed!

  22. Georgia says:

    Parenthood, Grey’s Anatomy, Surviving Jack and Hot in Cleveland. Grateful for the DVR. Parenthood is a great show, have never missed an episode. Fingers crossed it’ll be renewed. Such a quality show. I agree that the longer season has been terrific — gives the show time to develop characters and the story line.

  23. rflairfan1 says:

    Parks and Rec
    Surviving Jack

  24. Georgia says:

    Grey’s Anatomy, Surviving jack and Parenthood and Sirens (Why is this USA Network show not given any mention? In our household, we think it’s such a fun show to watch), Grateful for my DVR tongiht.

  25. Justin says:

    Parks and Recreation

  26. jenna says:

    I may have missed it but is there a set date for isaiah washington’s episode on grey’s anatomy? All I know is that its one of the episodes in may