What to Watch Tonight: Awake, 30 Rock, and American Idol

By Price Peterson

Mar 01, 2012

What to watch on Thursday, March 1...

Life continues to feel empty and meaningless with The CW in reruns, but perhaps we just need to fake it 'til we make it. And by fake it I mean genuinely enjoy these perfectly good TV shows:

It's a procedural. It's a drama. It's a procedural. It's a drama. It's both! Awake is a new NBC series in which a detective awakens each morning to find that either his wife is alive and son is dead or it's the other way around. Regardless of which devastating scenario he experiences, he still reports to work and solves tons of crimes. And in case you're on the fence about whether to watch it or not, Tim says you definitely should.

8pm, NBC
30 Rock
Tonight Frank enlists Liz to help him fake a romance in order to keep his mom from finding out who he's really dating. Elsewhere, Tracy and Jenna team up to find Pete's whiskey, and Jack tutors Kenneth in the fine art of taking down a business nemesis. Basically it's an educational episode all around.

8pm, Fox
American Idol
Both the boys and girls performed earlier in the week, so tonight we'll learn who America decided should be the finalists. Plus the judges just might add a few wild-card choices to the final group. R.I.P. democracy!

9pm, NBC
The Office
The cast remains split between states, and tonight the Florida group puts the finishing touches on the brand-new Sabre store. Meanwhile back in Scranton, Andy arrives at work with an embarrassing injury. Michael Scott, call your lawyers.

10pm, FX
Hooray for cartoon nudity! Archer once again gets himself into trouble after a hookup gone bad, but apparently this time his indiscretions will have a more serious result than usual. Oh, Archer.

The This Old House Hour, 8 p.m., PBS
Parks & Recreation, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Wipeout, 8 p.m., ABC
¡Rob!, SEASON 1 FINALE, 8:30 p.m., CBS
Braxton Family Values, 9 p.m., WE
Family Affair, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9 p.m., OWN
NY Ink, 9 p.m., TLC
Project Runway All-Stars, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Sins & Secrets, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Up All Night, 9:30 p.m., NBC
Jersey Shore, 10 p.m., MTV
24 Hour Catwalk, 10:30 p.m., Lifetime
Unsupervised, 10:30 p.m., FX
I Just Want My Pants Back, 11 p.m., MTV
Delocated!, 12 a.m., Cartoon Network

Claire Danes on Colbert Report, 11:30 p.m., Comedy Central
Don Cheadle on The Wendy Williams Show, 12 a.m., BET
Henry Winkler and Jay Baruchel on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
Joan Rivers and Nicki Minaj on Jimmy Kimmel Livee, 12 a.m., ABC
Jon Hamm on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Julianne Moore on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Lindsay Lohan on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:35 a.m., NBC
Megan Mullally on Conan, 11 p.m., TBS


What are you watching tonight?

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  • oranger Mar 03, 2012

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  • SokkaAppa Mar 02, 2012

    PR, the office, awake

  • tvaddict_14 Mar 02, 2012

    Braxton Family Values & Awake

  • jjreilly3 Mar 02, 2012

    still counting down to the return of Community might check out awake and good night to watch dvr

  • exptl Mar 02, 2012

    Will give AWAKE a chance...not encouraged by description. Maybe its time to drag out the DVDs for Wonderfalls; or John From Cincinnati; or Charlie Jade; or .........

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  • spr12cr Mar 02, 2012

    30 Rock, Parks & Recreation And Awake

  • CiaraGlynn Mar 02, 2012

    Ssssoooo I guess it's Community online then? Okay, it's a date. A STUDY date.

  • mmmshuddup Mar 02, 2012

    The Office. Can't wait for TVD and Community! Just two more weeks! :O

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