Your television DVR skills need to be at their all-time high to fit everything in to your viewing schedule tonight. While most of the week has been quiet in terms of programming, Thursday brings a veritable treasure trove of comedies and dramas.
30 Rock has Kenneth join standards and practices; Parks & Recreation goes on hiatus after tonight, and returns on April 19; Jim tries to save Dwight from being fired on The Office; Awake finds Michael having to deal with grieving (in both realities); comedy legends Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner sit down with David Steinberg to talk about their careers on Inside Comedy; and much (much) more…
30 Rock – “Standards And Practices (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory – “The Weekend Vortex” (CBS)
Parks & Recreation – “Lucky” (NBC)
The Office – “Last Day in Florida” (NBC)
Person of Interest – “Baby Blue” (CBS)
Up All Night – “Couple Friends” (NBC)
Archer – “Skin Game” (FX)
Awake – “The Little Guy” (NBC)
The Mentalist – “Cheap Burgundy” (CBS)
Unsupervised – “My Brother Brian” (FX)
Inside Comedy – “Mel Brooks/Carl Reiner” (Showtime)
You can check out the episode descriptions and trailers for our TV picks below:
30 Rock – “Standards And Practices” Preview
Jenna hatches a surprising new plan to get publicity, while Jack finds himself begrudgingly playing parent to his teenage nemesis, Kaylie Hooper (guest star Chloe Grace Moretz). Liz rejects the new authority Kenneth has over “TGS” with his new job in Standards.
The Big Bang Theory – “The Weekend Vortex” Preview
Sheldon chooses to play video games with the guys rather than go with Amy to her aunt’s birthday party.
Parks & Recreation – “Lucky” Preview
Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) are thrilled when Buddy Wood (guest star Sean Hayes) wants to interview Leslie for his Indianapolis talkshow. April (Aubrey Plaza) and Ron (Nick Offerman) prep Andy (Chris Pratt) for his final exam in his Women’s Studies course.
The Office – “Last Day in Florida” Preview
After Robert California (two-time Emmy winner James Spader) reveals that he hates Nellie’s (Catherine Tate) business plan, Jim (John Kraskinski) tries to save Dwight (Rainn Wilson) from being fired. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) learns that Erin (Ellie Kemper) isn’t coming back to Scranton.
Person of Interest – “Baby Blue” Preview
When The Machine spits out the number of a 6-month-old baby, Reese and Finch turn into overly protective parents – with an arsenal at their disposal. Meanwhile, when Elias resurfaces, Detective Carter begins to question her new allegiance with Reese and Finch.
Up All Night – “Couple Friends” Preview
Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett) try a little too hard to befriend a fun couple, Justin (guest star Ben Falcone, “Bridesmaids”) and Lawrence (guest star Nat Faxon, “Bad Teacher”), who have a young child. Meanwhile, Ava’s (Maya Rudolph) feud with Luke (guest star Steven Pasquale, “Rescue Me”) over her show’s business dealings gets uncomfortably personal.
Archer – “Skin Game” Preview
Archer is faced with a dilemma when his murdered fiancee, Katya, miraculously reappears. In Krieger’s lab.
Awake – “The Little Guy” Preview
Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) continues to deal with his parallel versions of reality. In one world he’s looking for ways to reconnect with his son, Rex (Dylan Minnette), by offering him some normalcy while they deal with his mother’s death. In the other, Britten works to understand the emotions that his grieving wife, Hannah (Laura Allen) is going through. Meanwhile, a witness in the murder of a homeless man tells Britten and his rookie partner, Vega (Wilmer Valderamma) that a “small guy” was spotted at the scene of the crime. When that clue crosses over into the case Britten is working on in his other reality, Bird (Steve Harris), is confused by his partner’s sudden interest in the height of the suspects they are investigating. Meanwhile, Britten’s captain, (guest star Laura Innes) shows growing concern over his behavior. Later, the events surrounding the fateful accident that changed Britten’s life come into question and throughout, Dr. Lee (BD Wong) and Dr. Evans (Cherry Jones) continue to present their dueling theories on Britton’s condition.
The Mentalist – “Cheap Burgundy” Preview
Jane suspects that Agent Susan Darcy has ulterior motives when she asks for his help with a homicide investigation. Meanwhile, the CBI team handles the murder of a young woman who was killed after meeting someone in an online chat room.
Unsupervised – “My Brother Brian” Preview
Joel’s 40-year-old brother, Brian, moves back into Joel’s bedroom and Joel strives to be more tolerant of him despite Brian’s contemptible behavior.
Inside Comedy – “Mel Brooks/Carl Reiner” Preview
Host David Steinberg interviews the show business legends, lifelong friends who got their start writing for television variety shows and became comedy motion picture directors, each with a string of classic box office blockbusters to his name.
So the question remains… What will you be watching tonight?