The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: Big jealousy from Sheldon, a small idea from Leslie Knope, there’s something (destructive) about Amelia, The League tackles Turkey Day, and more. As a supplement to TVLIne’s original feature stories, here are 11 other programs to keep on your radar. 

8 pm Regis Philbin: The Morning Maestro (ABC) In this 20/20 special, Katie Couric sits down for an interview with Reege, who’s retiring this Friday as cohost of Live With Regis and Kelly.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Sheldon considers taking his relationship with Amy to the next level when Stuart from the comic book store asks her out on a date.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie builds Indiana’s smallest park to serve as a tourist attraction/excuse to spend time with Ben; Chris tasks Tom and Jerry with redesigning the Parks and Rec logo.

8:30 pm Rules of Engagement (CBS) | Quick, watch, before it goes on hiatus in January! Jeff discovers (and makes much use of) a cell phone app that automatically sends his calls through to Audrey’s voicemail.

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9 pm Private Practice (ABC) | In this two-hour fall finale, Addison, Charlotte et al stage an intervention for a defensive Amelia, who resurfaces after a 12-day drug binge. Harsh words are hurled in all directions (Ask Ausiello gave you a tart taste), but eventually [SPOILER ALERT!] Amelia gets her ass to rehab, where she absorbs wisdom from an 18 year-old girl (Suite Life‘s Debby Ryan) as they each endure detox. Elsewhere, during the second hour: Cooper’s strengthening bond with his son is tested; Pete and Violet’s marriage reaches a tipping point; Addison collapses from her fertility treatments.

9 pm Bones (Fox) | When Morgan Fairchild guest-stars as the CEO of a toy company implicated in a murder, Brennan, wondering if she will be a good mother, uses the case to understand the importance of playing with her child. Sweets, with the support of Daisy, prepares for his gun certification test (watch video).

9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) Hi-tech meets old school when Reese and Finch discover that their latest POI has connections to Cold War Soviet espionage circles. Alan Dale (Lost), Annie Parisse (Unforgettable) and Aubrey Dollar (Guiding Light) guest-star.

9:30 pm Whitney (NBC) | When Alex’s childhood pooch passes on, Whitney suggests they adopt a dog together — only to butt heads with a strict pound owner (played by comedienne Lisa Lampanelli).

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10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | To find the killer of an undercover narcotics cop, the CBI team retraces her investigation. Guest stars include Samaire Armstrong (Dirty Sexy Money), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Kamar de los Reyes (One Life to Live, here playing — wait for it — a drug dealer named Vega).

10 pm Prime Suspect (NBC) | Quick, watch, before it goes bye-bye! Jane has a hard time convincing a young girl to speak with her about the man that murdered her parents.

10:30 pm The League (FX) At the gang’s Thanksgiving dinner, Andre’s sister (Sarah Silverman) is on the prowl, while Ruxin gets an unexpected visit from his dad (Jeff Goldblum).

Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the Comments to offer tune-in suggestions of your own!

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