The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

On TV this Thursday: Sheldon’s games test Amy’s patience on The Big Bang Theory, Idol heartbreak begins, a Will & Grace fave wows the Parks and Rec crowd and more. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | America sends home its first finalist… after this.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | It is on like Alderaan when Sheldon chooses to join the guys for a 48-hour gaming marathon rather than go with Amy to her aunt’s birthday party.

8 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | Jack finds himself playing parent to his teenage nemesis (Kick-Ass‘ Chloe Grace Moretz); Liz rejects the new authority Kenneth has over TGS with his new job in Standards & Practices.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | In an episode written by Nick Offerman (aka “Ron Swanson”), Leslie and Ben are thrilled when Indianapolis talk show host Buddy Wood (Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes) wants to interview her.

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9 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | Reese and Finch turn into overly protective parents to a 6-month-old POI; Elias resurfaces, making Detective Carter question her new allegiance.

9 pm The Finder (Fox) | In the show’s final Thursday outing, torrential weather won’t stop Walter from searching for a high school student who went missing; Willa’s probation officer is stormed in at the Ends of the Earth Bar.

9 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Reagan and Chris try too hard to befriend a fun couple played by Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids) and Nat Faxon (Bad Teacher); Ava’s feud with new boss Luke gets uncomfortably personal.

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10 pm Awake (NBC) | When Britten brings a clue from the “red” reality over into the other one, Bird (Steve Harris) is confused by his partner’s sudden interest in the height of suspects, while their captain (ER‘s Laura Innes) shows a particular interest in Britten’s behavior.

10 pm Archer (FX) | Archer is faced with a dilemma when his murdered fiancée, Katya, miraculously reappears — in Krieger’s lab.

Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.