What to watch on Thursday, February 27...
Countdown to the Oscars
Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott host this preview of Sunday’s 86th Annual Academy Awards. Segments include profiles of nominees Jonah Hill and Lupita Nyong’o, a few “before they were famous” retrospectives, and a salute to injured servicemen from Gary Sinise in honor of the 20th anniversary of Forrest Gump.
The Big Bang Theory
In “The Table Polarization,” a new piece of furniture in the apartment prompts extensive soul-searching from Sheldon. In more proportionate reactions, Bernadette is ambivalent about Howard’s shot at another space voyage.
8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
Stefan searches for Damon, who’s gone straight off the deep end, while Dr. Wes and his new Traveler buddies plan to drive a wedge between the elder Salvatore and his pal Enzo. Elsewhere in “No Exit,” Matt has an illuminating chat with Nadia, and a mortifying realization dawns on Stefan and Caroline.
Jeff gives Prof. Duncan some tips for wooing Britta, who’s stunned to learn that some old friends have adopted a new outlook. Meanwhile in “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality,” a destructive accident leads to Abed and Prof. Hickey bonding, and Chang puts on a show for some ghosts because what the hell else are the writers going to do with Chang at this point?
Parks and Recreation
“Anniversaries” finds Ben planning a wedding anniversary surprise for Leslie. Around the Parks Department, Tom and Andy help Leslie spin the town merger positively, and April’s new authority over Donna goes directly and powerfully to her head.
NEW TIME PERIOD, 9pm, NBC
Hollywood Game Night
His sitcom may have gotten the ax, but “Show Me Your Music, I’ll Show You Mine” gives Sean Hayes at least one more shot at glory in NBC’s Thursday-at-9pm hour. Fellow contestants Allison Janney, Don Cheadle, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis, and Olivia Wilde just hope things don’t get awkward.
SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, Sundance
The Red Road
This thriller centers on the uneasy partnership between a fraying New Jersey sheriff (Martin Henderson) and a menacing member (Jason Momoa) of a Native American tribe that lives nearby. “Arise My Love, Shake Off This Dream” kicks if off with a tragedy that ripples throughout both communities.
MID-SEASON PREMIERE, 9pm, ABC
“Take it Back” unfurls the aftermath of April’s wedding. Derek’s broken promise devastates Meredith, word of his father riles Alex, Arizona and Callie contemplate their future, and the truth about Ben’s return to Seattle comes out.
9pm, The CW
Catherine enlists Mary and Bash’s help after Clarissa nabs the king and queen’s youngest kids in “Royal Brood.” Elsewhere, Francis comes to Lola’s aid as she tries to help her brother out of a jam.
After a client (Michelle Forbes) seeks information about her daughter’s trial by boinking a juror, Keegan must change gears and lose the case on purpose. Meanwhile in “Jury Tamperer,” Finn remains stubbornly hot for teacher, and Keegan plots to torpedo Mikki and David’s romance.
NEW TIME PERIOD, 9:30pm, CBS
The Crazy Ones
In “Zach Mitzvah,” Simon helps a client (Cheryl Hines) by throwing a Bar Mitzvah for her son. But the coming-of-age fun may descend into meshugas when Zach encounters a former flame.
MID-SEASON PREMIERE, 10pm, ABC
The vice president’s latest announcement in “Ride, Sally, Ride” knocks the White House for a loop and triggers an Orange Alert from the Cyrus Ragesplosion Advance Warning System. If you are within a 5,000-foot radius of the chief of staff, authorities advise you to run like a bat out of hell.
SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 10pm, IFC
Brainy phantoms haunt a young woman, Sandra finds a kindred spirit, and a Date Fact Checker pays a call on Fred as “Sharing Finances” commences the sketch show's fourth season. In other sketches, Doug and Claire take a plunge together while Kath and Dave squeeze as much living as they can into 15 minutes.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, History
Ragnar and King Horik’s forces square off against Team Jarl Borg as “Brother’s War” rends the Norsemen in twain. Off the battlefield, Princess Aslaugh journeys to Kattegat, where she drops a bombshell on Ragnar.
Lestrade comes to town in “The One Percent Solution,” and Holmes and Watson are less than thrilled to team with him on the investigation into a bombing.
Julia seeks moral support from her siblings, while Drew seeks romantic counsel from Amber. Elsewhere in “Just Like at Home,” Jasmine and Crosby crash with Zeek and Camille while their home undergoes renovations.
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 12:30am, Cartoon Network
Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule
Dr. Brule flies the friendly skies for the very first time as “Airplanes” kicks off the third season of valuable life lessons.
– Cloris Leachman, Tommy Chong, Ashley Wagner, and J. Holiday on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– John C. Reilly, Pete Holmes, and The Hayden Triplets featuring Ry Cooder on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Michelle Dockery on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Author Kevin Roose on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Jeff Goldblum on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Denzel Washington, Shaun White, and Sara Bareilles on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Simon Helberg, Young the Giant, and Stupid Human Tricks on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Kerry Washington, Michael Strahan, and Juicy J featuring Wiz Khalifa on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Lena Dunham, Anthony Mackie, and John Mayer Trio on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35pm, NBC
– Julia Stiles, author Dave Itzkoff, and Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?