Thursday Television: Scandal Series Premiere, Community, Awake & More

News & Notes

Download Communities Episodes via Amazon Instant VideoTonight, ABC has the series premiere of Scandal.

Over on cable, A&E has the first season finale of The First 48: Missing Persons, E! has The Real American Reunion special, HBO has the documentary premiere of God Is the Bigger Elvis, History has the first season finale of Mudcats, Travel Channel has the second season premieres of Truck Stop USA and Sand Masters, and truTV has the series premiere of Not Safe for Work.

In late night, MTV has the first season finale of I Just Want My Pants Back.

Shows normally recommended below but are repeats tonight include The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle and NBC’s The Office.

Prime Picks

Community (NBC): New. Jeff attempts to negotiate a truce between the two sides of a war brewing between the pillow fort and the blanket fort builders.
30 Rock (NBC): New. Jack decides to take Pete on as a project. Kenneth helps Jenna get revenge on someone.

Person of Interest (CBS): New. The machine spits out the names of the heads of various crime families in New York. Reese and Finch think that it may point to Elias taking out the competition.

Awake (NBC): New. Det. Britten ends up collaborating with Dr. Lee on a hostage situation.

Solid Selections

The Big Bang Theory (CBS): New. Wolowitz is working with Stephen Hawking and Sheldon wants to meet him. Runs 31 minutes.
Rules of Engagement (CBS): New. Audrey begins raising money for her maid to get an operation, but then finds out what the money is really for. Starts a minute after the half hour and runs 29 minutes.

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): New. A lion has escaped and is causing problems. Lexie learns that Mark may move in with Julia. Teddy begins to really deal with Henry’s death. Runs 61 minutes.

The Mentalist (CBS): New. Jane and the team catch the murder case of a well-liked teacher. Cho and Summer are keeping their relationship a secret.

Other Options

  • Missing (ABC): New. Becca’s mentor from her time in the CIA joins the search. Michael learns what would have to him should he try to escape.
  • Scandal (ABC): Series Premiere. A new lawyer gets a job at a crisis management firm and has to deal with an accusation by a woman against the President of the United States. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 59 minutes. This is half a really good, potentially great, show. Kerry Washington is fantastic as the head of the firm and the rest of the cast is quite good as well. There is a crisis of the week and an overarching story. It is fun watching this team clean up various messes and problems, but the overarching story feels ripped from almost two-decade old headlines. It just feels two big and old for me, given what the rest of the show is. On the plus side of things is the pacing, it moves along quite quickly. I’ve seen the first four episodes and it’s well worth watching. I will be adding it to my list for the rest of the season. One interesting thing of note is that this show is from Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), but it’s not really about the relationships and intermingling of the main cast. It’s about the crisis of the week and the long arc of the crisis for the president set up in tonight’s premiere that plays out over the course of the season.
  • Touch (FOX): New. Martin meets a man that knew his late wife. Lots of other connections are made.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has first round coverage of the Masters golf tournament today.
  • ESPN2 doubleheader MLB action today with the Boston Red Sox at the Detroit Tigers followed by the Miami Marlins at the Cincinnati Reds.
  • NBC Sports has an NHL game tonight.
  • TNT has doubleheader NBA action tonight with the New York Knicks at the Orlando Magic followed by the Boston Celtics at the Chicago Bulls.

Late Night

  • In Plain Sight (USA Network): Repeat. Last Friday’s episode, “Reservations, I’ve Got a Few,” replays.

TV Marathons

Syfy has 22 episodes of The Twilight Zone.
USA Network has seven episodes of Burn Notice and then five episodes of NCIS.

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