The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: Leslie Knope lets loose with a page-turner, Grey’s Anatomy delivers an aggressive injection of testosterone, and The League resumes play. The people have spoken and we’ve gone daily* with the TVLine-Up, so here are our picks for the day.

*NOTE: With a new era comes new parameters. In its daily incarnation, the TVLine-Up will of course flag big premieres/finales as well as cite “noteworthy” regular episodes (i.e. those that we know or have heard to be standouts, boast interesting guest stars, or possess some other intangible “fun” factor). And during these first weeks of the fall, I’ll also invite you to give new shows a second look. Lastly, as the author, I am wholly entitled to lob out the occasional wild card, JUST BECAUSE.

8 pm Community (NBC) | The study group is torn over how they should pair off for their first big biology class assignment. Fine, twist my arm — I’ll go with Britta.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Switched at Birth‘s Katie LeClerc plays a Deaf spinning class pal of Penny’s who just may be the answer to Raj’s romantic woes. Or not. (Read TVLine’s preview here.)

8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | A new enemy forces Damon to lash out in a way that will have lasting consequences; Jeremy has a breakthrough with one of his ghostly visitors that leaves him more confused than ever; and Bonnie has a strange encounter that will affect everyone.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie’s book about Pawnee is published just in time for her campaign. Let’s just hope it doesn’t have any egregious errors in it. Actually, let’s do hope for that. Better comedy that way!

8:30 pm How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) | Last week, TVLine readers gave this newbie a solid grade of “D.” So… in the spirit of offering a second chance to prove TVLine-Up “worth,” this week you can watch Bert teach Andrew how to pull off a one-night stand.

Secret Circle Stars Tease this Week’s ‘Dark and Scary’ Episode: ‘Faye Starts Going a Little Mad’

9 pm The Office (NBC) | When the warehouse guys up and quit after winning the lottery, it prompts the rest of Dunder Mifflin to ponder their own “What if…” scenarios — as well as, you know, search for new warehouse employees.

9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | As Reese infiltrates a crime ring — and even takes part in a heist — Detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson) inches closer to finding him out.

9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | This “all about the men” hour finds the docs dealing with a rush of comic-book convention injuries, Mark coddling baby Sofia while continuing to spank Jackson, and “gas man” Ben (Jason George) realizing that Nurse Eli has moved in on Bailey.

NBC Grants Full-Season Orders to Whitney and Up All Night

10 pm Private Practice (ABC) | IVF superstar Dr. Jake Riley (Benjamin Bratt) throws his hat in the ring when the practice looks to fill Nay’s spot. Guess who’s opposed to the idea?

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Kelli Williams sends Lie to Me fans back into mourning by guest-starring here as a former client of Jane’s.

10 pm Prime Suspect (NBC) | After her father’s bar is robbed, Jane gives the cold shoulder to the female cop (Miami Vice‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez) working the case. And it just hit me that two 10 o’clock shows have characters named Jane!

10 pm It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) | I was set to give the show a bye this week, but how can you resist these five words: Dee’s audited, fake baby funeral.

10:30 pm The League (FX) | Dirty Randy finally makes an appearance, played by big-screen funny man Seth Rogen.

What will you be watching this Thursday?


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