On TV this Thursday: Backstrom is on the case, The Taste, Bad Judge and A to Z wrap their runs, The Vampire Diaries conjures up new magic and Reign reigns supreme. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:
Reign Returns, Backstrom Begins, 3 Finales and More
The Vampire Diaries
Winter premiere: Kai keeps Elena captive as he learns to control his magic; Stefan and Caroline travel to North Carolina in search of a cure for Sheriff Forbes’ cancer.
Season finale: The last contestants are tasked with crafting two distinctly opposing cuisines. Then, the final three cook up the quintessential three-course meal.
The Plunketts mourn the unexpected loss of a loved one. Clark Duke (The Office, Greek) guest-stars.
Series premiere: Politically incorrect Detective Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson, The Office) works alongside Portland’s Special Crimes Unit to investigate the drug-fueled homicide of a college student. Dennis Haysbert (The Unit), Genevieve Angelson (House of Lies) and Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer) also star.
Winter premiere: Mary assists an ailing Condé when she learns he’s the target of a Vatican manhunt; Francis hatches a scheme to end the Dark Riders legend.
Series finale: Drama involving Michelle’s ex-husband threatens Rebecca’s chance at breaking a courtroom record.
A to Z
Series finale: Zelda frets when Andrew’s ex (Dreama Walker, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23) crashes at his place, and attempts to set her up with an ex of her own.
In the penultimate episode, Amber rushes to the hospital with labor pains, while Camille and Zeek come to a decision regarding Zeek’s health.
Part 1 of 2: Watson’s new job takes a backseat when she and Holmes re-team to eliminate a threat to Kitty. Stuart Townsend (Betrayal) guest-stars. (Watch a clip.)
Robbie discovers just how far his new partners are willing to bend the rules when a bomb threat sends all police units to the scene of the crime.