On TV this Thursday: ABC’s Astronaut Wives Club enters your orbit, Jim Parsons goes Inside the Actors Studio, the Mistresses return sans Alyssa Milano and USA changes its relationship status to “complicated.” Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:
Astronaut Wives Launch, New Mistresses and More
Park Bench With Steve Buscemi
Season 2 premiere: Buscemi has a chat with Conan O’Brien staple Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (as puppeteered by Robert Smigel) on a New York park bench.
U.S. Open Golf Championship
The first round of this year’s championship comes to viewers live from Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash.
Astronaut Wives Club
Series premiere: After NASA chooses seven men to be the first Americans in space, their wives — including Odette Annable (House), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) and Joanna Garcia-Swisher (Once Upon a Time) — become the subject of a Time Magazine feature.
Beauty and the Beast
Vincent and Cat’s relationship is altered by their big move; J.T. attempts to impress Tess’ brothers; Heather has an announcement to make.
Inside the Actors Studio
Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons discusses the creation of The Big Bang Theory, his roots in theater and life with partner Todd Spiewak.
Series premiere (two episodes): ER doc John Ellison (Life on Mars‘ Jason O’Mara) finds his life turned upside down after saving a young boy from a gang war. Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Lauren Stamile (Community) and Beth Riesgraf (Leverage) also star.
Season 3 premiere (two episodes): First up, Karen interrupts a moment between Joss and Harry to deliver bad news. Then at 10 pm, “new friendships are forged,” which probably has something to do with new series regular Jennifer Esposito (Blue Bloods).
The second installment of the cabler’s docuseries focuses on Richard Nixon, who was the only president in U.S. history to resign while in office.
Jack searches for Will to prevent a potential tragedy; Will comes upon a mysterious woman (Tao Okamoto, The Wolverine) in Hannibal’s childhood home.
A vision of Gaia serves as a dire warning for Hero, who realizes he’ll need the support of his allies to stay alive.