American Idol, Royal Pains, and 30 Rock

8 p.m., CBS

The Big Bang Theory

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) seeks out some new friends when he realizes that he’s no longer the center of attention. Is this going to be like the Bizarro Jerry episode of Seinfeld?

8 p.m., FOX

American Idol

The judges reveal the Top 24... which means its almost time for the real competition to begin.

8 p.m., CW

The Vampire Diaries

Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Stefan (Paul Wesley), and Elena (Nina Dobrev) continue to rely on Katherine for survival even though she messes with their minds.

9 p.m., HBO


Laurence Fishburne isn’t just Morpheus and Langston, folks—he also played former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on Broadway a couple years ago. Now’s your chance to watch that stage performance, which is all about Marshall’s groundbreaking accomplishments.

Season 2 finale, 9 p.m., USA

Royal Pains

In the Season 2 finale, Hank (Mark Feuerstein) tries to help a patient who has been misdiagnosed, and Raj (Rupak Ginn) and Divya (Reshma Shetty) take (sure to be amusing) dance lessons to prepare for their wedding.

10 p.m., NBC

30 Rock

Liz (Tina Fey) decides to hire a new female writer after hearing that some people think TGS is misogynistic, and Jack (Alec Baldwin) starts plotting his takeover of Kabletown by trying to edge out the CEO’s granddaughter. I assume she is hot.

Also on the airwaves...
Wipeout, 8 p.m., ABC
Community, 8 p.m., NBC
Rules of Engagement, 8:30 p.m., CBS
Perfect Couples, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Grey’s Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC
CSI, 9 p.m., CBS
The Office, 9 p.m., NBC
Nikita, 9 p.m., CW
Million Dollar Listing, 9 p.m., BRAVO
Man vs. Wild, 9 p.m., DSC
Parks and Recreation, 9:30 p.m., NBC
Private Practice, 10 p.m., ABC
The Mentalist, 10 p.m., CBS
Beyond Scared Straight, 10 p.m., A&E;
Archer, 10 p.m., FX
Jersey Shore, 10 p.m., MTV
Fairly Legal, 10 p.m., USA
Outsourced, 10:30 p.m., NBC
NBA Basketball:Celtics v. Nuggets, Heat v. Bulls
NCAA Men’s Basketball:Marquette v. Connecticut, Georgia v. Florida, Gonzaga v. St. Mary’s, Loyola Marymount v. Santa Clara, Old Dominion v. James Madison, West Virginia v. Pittsburgh, Penn State v. Northwestern, Morehead State v. Murray State

What are you watching tonight?

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