What to Watch Thursday: Shonda Shows Return, Parks Anniversary, Vikings, Elementary and More

KATE BURTON, PAUL ADELSTEINOn TV this Thursday: Scandal returns with a big announcement, Cheryl Hines meets The Crazy Ones, The Red Road debut tries to make peace and Idol sees its first elimination. As a supplement to TVLine’s features (linked within), here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The first finalist of the season is voted off in the live results show.

8 pm Community (NBC) | Professor Duncan tries to seduce Britta; Abed spends quality time with Hickey.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Leonard’s purchase of a dining room table causes Sheldon to reevaluate his life, while Wolowitz is offered a chance to go back to space.

8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie and Ben celebrate their one-year anniversary and April proves her authority as Donna’s new boss.

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9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Spring premiere: The folks of Grey+Sloan Memorial deal with the aftermath of April’s wedding; Callie and Arizona make a decision about their future. (Check out photos, read what Jessica Capshaw has to say about Arizona and whether Camilla Luddington thinks she’s Izzie 2.0.)

9 pm The Red Road (Sundance) | Series premiere: Martin Henderson (Off the Map) plays a sheriff fighting to keep his family together while policing the clashing communities of a small New York town and a federally unrecognized Native American tribe. Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), Julianne Nicholson (Boardwalk Empire), Tamara Tunie (Law and Order: SVU) also star.

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10 pm Scandal (ABC) | Spring premiere: As Sally Langston makes a shocking announcement, Olivia finds herself in a challenging new role. (Watch a killer sneak peek.)

10 pm Elementary (CBS) | Tensions rise when Holmes and Watson are forced to partner with Gareth Lestrade (Sean Pertwee), Sherlock’s former Scotland Yard colleague.

10 pm Vikings (History) | Season 2 premiere: The battle against Jarl Borg begins; Princess Aslaug travels to Kattegat.

10 pm Portlandia (IFC) | Season 4 premiere: Doug and Claire make a big announcement; Sandra finds a soulmate and Fred is visited by a Date Fact Checker.

10 pm Parenthood (NBC) | Julia seeks support from the family; Jasmine and Crosby move into Zeek and Camille’s house.

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

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