Thursday Night TV: The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, Awake & More

by Jason the TVaholic on March 22, 2012

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News & Notes

Download The Vampire Diaries Episodes via Amazon Instant VideoOn cable tonight, FX has the third season finale of Archer, Lifetime has the first season finale of Project Runway All Stars, MTV has the fifth season finale of Jersey Shore, truTV has the 12th season finale of Smoking Gun Presents, and WE tv has the second season finale of Braxton Family Values.

Shows normally recommended below but are repeats or not on tonight include ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest and The Mentalist, and NBC’s The Office.

Prime Picks

The Vampire Diaries (The CW): New. Damon meets an old acquaintance. Abby is getting used to her new life. Elena needs Stefan’s help. Damon makes discovers some new information.

The Secret Circle (The CW): New. Blackwell fills Adam and Cassie in on the notion that their love is both destiny and a curse. Faye is being stalked. Charles makes a move against Blackwell.

Awake (NBC): New. Det. Britton comes across Rex’s old babysitter in one reality, but in the other she shows up as a potential suspect.

Solid Selections

Community (NBC): New. Britta is attempting to help Jeff. To help Abed pay down a debt, the group work as celebrity impersonators.
30 Rock (NBC): New. Liz is trying to be Hazel’s mentor. Kenneth wants to make sure Tracy is taken care of. Jack and Jenna are trying to figure out how to get Avery back in the news. Another new episode follows in place of The Office tonight.

Touch (FOX): New. Jake sends his father on another adventure that sets off a chain reaction of events. I love the “Pilot” episode of this show. It worked fantastically well. But, this second episode, while good, doesn’t even come close to replicating the first episode. I didn’t develop any real connection with any of the players and the main story was so obvious that the payoff didn’t have much impact. I will give it a few more episodes, but my initial worry that it may not work as well over the long haul has me thinking that may be the case after this outing. I’d be really interested to hear you thoughts on how this episode compares to the first.

Sweet Genius (Food Network): New. Cheese in a chocolate dessert, a vegetable and fruit candy test, and the best cake. Plays again later.

Other Option

  • Missing (ABC): New. Becca makes a deal with the head of French intelligence to get some information on her son’s whereabouts. We get to see more of Becca’s background and the lengths she may go to find her son. This is another very solid episode.

Sports Notes

  • CBS has doubleheader college basketball action from the NCAA Basketball Tournament tonight.
  • NBA TV has the Boston Celtics at the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.
  • NHLTV has a game tonight.
  • TBS has doubleheader college basketball action from the NCAA Basketball Tournament tonight.

Late Night

  • In Plain Sight (USA Network): Repeat. Last Friday’s fifth season premiere episode, “The Anti-Social Network,” replays.

TV Marathons

Oxygen has 10 episodes of Roseanne.
Syfy has eight episodes of the original V early.
USA Network has seven episodes of Burn Notice and then five episodes of NCIS.

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