On your TV this Thursday: Evil Wil Wheaton returns (and he’s not alone!), a Parks and Rec showdown and a Private Practice jaw-dropper. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features and reporting, here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Community (NBC) | You know how Fringe is currently making you consider a second timeline? Here, the ambitious NBC sitcom throws at least six your way, and gosh, it is a lot of fun. Epic, really. (Watch out for the “1” timeline, because it is a doozy.)
8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Well, well, well… if it isn’t Evil Wil Wheaton again. The question is: Will Leonard ignore Sheldon’s wishes to attend a party at the actor’s house? What if he knew that Brent Spiner was also on the guest list?
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Postponed from Wednesday, this two-hour outing kicks off the visits to the judges’ homes, and features a drop-by from Rihanna. Hopefully this afternoon’s ALCS Game 5 doesn’t get rained on, or we’ll need someone’s umbrella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh.
8 pm MLB National League Championship Series (TBS) | The Cards host the Brewers for Game 4.
8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | When your daily doings oft include utter mayhem, evil twins and, you know, death, I can’t imagine that a high school’s Senior Prank Night is so big a deal. And yet it’s the catalyst for this week’s hour. Whatevs! In other news, Klaus deepens his hold on Stefan.
8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | It’s Ron’s Pawnee Ranger scouts vs. Leslie’s Pawnee Goddesses troop. Who do you think will have the most fun on a campout?
9 pm The Secret Circle (The CW) | Nick and Faye help Melissa track down her family’s Book of Shadows, Adam and Diana try to reignite their spark (get more scoop here), and Charles angles to get in bed with Dawn in a new way, ifyoucatchmydrift.
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Sometime-Grey’s director Debbie Allen plays Jackson’s mom, who’s in town to perform a ground-breaking, eye-opening you-know-what transplant. Elsewhere, based on the promo we showed you, it appears Zola’s checking back in as a patient, and Bailey makes a decision about her fantastically good love life. Bonus: See if you can spot the Cougar Town cameo!
9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | This is the one I told you about in Inside Line, where Detective Carter crosses paths with and tries (tries) to get intel out of Mr. Finch.
9 pm The Office (NBC) | When Andy tries to impress Robert California with a party at Schrute Farms, Dee Wallace, Stephen Collins and Josh Groban guest as Andy’s parents and brother.
10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Melrose Place‘s Michael Rady makes his debut as new CBI boss Luther (Luther?) Wainwright.
10 pm Private Practice (ABC) | “Cooper receives the surprise of his life” just as My So-Called Life‘s A.J. Langer begins her guest star arc. Quick, do the math!
10 pm Prime Suspect (NBC) | Matt’s ex-wife tries to keep Jane off their son’s birthday party invite list. Sounds like time for Jane to get all bad-ass again on Miss Prissy-Pants.
10 pm It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) | An appearance by Frank’s long-lost brother, Gino, tees up a series of glorious 1970s flashbacks (and godawful, ratty hairpieces).
10:30 pm The League (FX) | Draft Day does not go well for anyone — which is kinda sorta the annual refrain for any fantasy league, am I right? I mean, sometimes I cannot fathom how I end up with some of the guys on my sheet. Too much Red Bull, I can only reckon.