What to Watch Tonight: Community Says Goodbye to Donald Glover, The Vampire Diaries Turns 100, and Rake Makes Its Series Debut
What to watch on Thursday, January 23...
“Geothermal Escapism” marks Donald Glover’s last appearance as a series regular, with Abed arranging a going-away game before Troy sets sail. Naturally, it soon escalates into a campus-consuming contest for the ages.
8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
The Mystic Falls gang is also preparing to say goodbye to one of their own in “500 Years of Solitude,” the series’ 100th episode. With Katherine’s health worsening, her many enemies/occasional collaborators reminisce about her evil career highlights, while flashbacks recall the 15th-century night when her daughter was born and abducted.
Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs: Chicago
The Mike & Molly star presents stand-up routines from Danny Bevins, Andi Smith, and Uncle Larry Reeb in the Windy City.
A dozen chefs remain, and this week they’re inspired by classic street food such as sandwiches, fish-and-chips, and perhaps even roadkill fricassee.
Parks and Recreation
Leslie and Ben butt heads over morally murky business methods at the “Farmers Market.” Elsewhere, Ann needs an outlet to kvetch about pregnancy stress, and April boosts Andy’s new creative endeavor.
SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, Fox
Greg Kinnear stars as Keegan Deane, a clever yet combustible criminal defense lawyer with a penchant for stumbling into zany scrapes. “Serial Killer” kicks things off with Keegan representing a confessed murderer who claims to have been set up by a corrupt cop, and later trying to convert 15 large worth of tuna into more liquid currency to pay a gambling debt.
SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, Discovery
This series explores the hardscrabble world of pugilism in South Boston, where former fighter and current gym owner Peter Welch is dedicated to reviving interest in the sweet science. Each episode will pit amateur boxers from rival gyms against one another after an intensive week of training.
9pm, The CW
After being nabbed and hauled back to the castle in “For King and Country,” Mary and Bash learn that Catherine has redoubled her efforts to stymie the princess. But Francis, undeterred by queen, prophecy, or rakish half-brother, remains equally determined to win Mary’s hand.
On maternity leave for much of this season, Diana has gotten used to cleaning up diaper loads and managing self-obsessed, emotionally immature, obnoxiously whiny humans. So who better to help Peter take down an unscrupulous Wall Streeter in “Taking Stock”?
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm, TBS
King of the Nerds
The High Nerd Council (as represented by hosts Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong) gathers another batch of claimants to the Nerd Throne. Quizzes, games, and challenges such as Robot Dodgeball shall determine who ascends to rule the realm.
The Spoils of Babylon
Devon and Cynthia’s romantic ardor is nearly as torrid as their oversight of the Morehouse Conglomeration is prudent. But will “The Rise of Empire” rend both love and business asunder as conflicts come to a head?
“You’ve Got Mold,” this week’s episode informs Crosby and Jasmine, and it’s always rough to hear about the need for major home repairs from an NBC press release. Meanwhile, Sarah and Hank launch their newest venture, Julia and Joel come clean to Sydney and Victor, and Kristina dons her community counselor hat.
12am, Cartoon Network
The Greatest Event in Television History
Adam Scott takes a fourth—and allegedly final—stab at creating the single most stupendous synthesis of visual and auditory delights ever to grace the small screen. Which vintage TV opening sequence (Ed. note: Bosom Buddies) will he and collaborator Paul Rudd recreate (Ed. note: pretty sure it's Bosom Buddies) in all its resplendence? For now, only Scott, Rudd, and the ghost of Jon Hamm know for sure (Ed. note: no, seriously, it's Bosom Buddies, quit being coy, Daglas).
– Aaron Eckhart, Gabourey Sidibe, Biz Markie, and Leland Melvin on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Ice Cube, Wayne Gretzky, and Chris Fairbanks on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Timothy Olyphant on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Journalist Anjan Sundaram on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Philosopher Patricia Churchland on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Matt LeBlanc, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), and Dorian Holley on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Spike Jonze and No Age on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Kim Kardashian, Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici, and Jason Derulo on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Jonah Hill, Dick Cavett, and chef Wylie Dufresne on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Martha Plimpton and Sarah Jarosz on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?
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