On TV this Thursday: American Idol‘s first votes are in, a slew of guests stop by 30 Rock, Parks and Rec and Up All Night, Awake begins a tale of two realities and more. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm American Idol (Fox) | After America’s votes reveal the first set of finalists, those that remain have one last chance to compete for the judges’ wild card picks. (Check out Michael Slezak’s recaps of the Top 12 females and Top 13 males, and the most recent episode of Idology.)
8 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | In order to hide his relationship with Lynn (guest star Susan Sarandon), Frank convinces his mother (Tony winner Patti LuPone) that he is dating Liz; Jack teaches Kenneth how to take down his first business nemesis.
8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie and Ben are caught off guard when her opponent Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd) hires a powerful Washington campaign manager (played by Kathryn Hahn, Crossing Jordan); Chris forces Ron to start interviewing replacements for Leslie.
8:30 pm Rob (CBS) | Season 1 finale: Rob’s usually cold and distant father (guest star Fred Willard) turns on the charm during a visit, bonding more with Maggie’s family than he ever has with son.
9:30 pm Up All Night (NBC) | After Reagan and Ava’s idol (played by Nurse Jackie‘s Eve Best) acquires the show, the team gets more than they expected from their new ex-military boss (Rescue Me‘s Steven Pasquale); Chris and Reed (guest star Will Forte) decide to refurbish a motorcycle.
10 pm Awake (NBC) | Series premiere: After a tragic car accident, police detective Michael Britten (Brotherhood‘s Jason Issacs) finds himself toggling between two realities: one where his wife perished in the crash, and another where it was their son who died. (Read our review.)
10 pm Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards (ABC) | For those who are not night owls, here’s a rebroadcast of the late-night host’s star-studded special, featuring the trailer for Movie: The Movie and other comedy bits.
10 pm Archer (FX) | Archer’s sex life compromises his effectiveness as an agent — but more seriously than the countless other times.
Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.