What to Watch Tonight: 30 Rock, The Vampire Diaries, and the Premiere of The Finder

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What to watch on Thursday, January 12...

It's too bad we can't touch our fingertips together and stop time like Evie from Out of This World, because there is NOT enough time to watch everything that's on TV tonight! Seriously, tonight is stacked, check it out:

SEASON 6 PREMIERE, 8pm, NBC
30 Rock
Hey, old friend! 30 Rock is back, you guys! A lot has happened since last May: Most of the cast members have either given birth or gotten in trouble with the media, but tonight will be just like old times. In the Season 6 premiere, Jenna finds success as a hateful celebrity judge on a kids' talent show, Liz attempts to adopt a new outlook on life, and Kenneth prepares for the Rapture.

8pm, CW
The Vampire Diaries
Elena turned 18 in the season premiere, so it's only fair that Caroline gets her moment in the birthday spotlight. Tonight the gang throws her a surprise birthday party (in a tomb, obvs) while Stefan and Damon bicker over how to handle the current Klaus situation. Elsewhere, Alaric has another run-in with Meredith. Okay, have a fun party and stay safe, everyone!

SERIES PREMIERE, 8:30pm, CBS
¡Rob!
Ever since Men Behaving Badly was canceled back in 1997, America (and let's face it, the world) has clamored for the return of Rob Schneider to network television. Clamor no more, America: ¡Rob! is here! The well-punctuated show centers around a lifelong bachelor who marries into a Mexican-American family headed by Cheech Marin. So there may or may not be marijuana and/or ethnic jokes, it's anyone's guess.

SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, Fox
The Finder
As everybody probably knows, The Finder is a Bones spin-off and it also features a darkly handsome, sardonic investigator who solves mysteries. This ones stars 7th Heaven's (and Happy Town's) Geoff Stults as a troubled veteran with a knack for finding objects... and people! In tonight's pilot he'll help a teen find his missing father after the father's plane goes down in the everglades. Oh, and also he'll help John Fogerty (!) recover a stolen guitar. That'll do, The Finder.

9pm, CW
The Secret Circle
Tonight the gang attends something called the Fire and Ice Dance, where Adam will continue to be Cassie's tag-along pal. Meanwhile, Faye's attempts to regain individual powers threaten her fellow witches' health. Also, presumably, their parents will have secret conversations in parked cars.

9:30 pm, NBC
Up All Night
Few shows are brave enough to set an episode during a recently concluded holiday, but tonight Up All Night takes on New Year's Eve. During a NYE game night, Chris frowns when Regan gets a little too competitive, plus Kevin begins to suspect that Ava may be ashamed of his lowly commonfolk existence. Oh, and as you probably noticed, this show is on Thursday nights now. Welcome and thank you!

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Bones, 8 p.m., Fox
The Big Bang Theory, 8 p.m., CBS
This Old House Hour, 8 p.m., PBS
Wipeout, 8 p.m., ABC
Parks and Recreation, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Braxton Family Values, 9 p.m., WE
Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC
Man, Woman, Wild, 9 p.m., Discovery
NY Ink, 9 p.m., TLC
Person of Interest, 9 p.m., CBS
Project Runway All-Stars, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Selling LA, 10 p.m., HGTV
Sins & Secrets, SERIES PREMIERE, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
The First 48, 9 p.m., A&E;
The Office, 9 p.m., NBC
Selling New York, 10:30 p.m., HGTV
American Stuffers, 10 p.m., Animal Planet
Beyond Scared Straight, 10 p.m., A&E;
Jersey Shore, 10 p.m., MTV
Private Practice, 10 p.m., ABC
Stalked: Someone's Watching, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
The Firm, 10 p.m., NBC
The Mentalist, 10 p.m., CBS
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 10 p.m., Bravo
Funny or Die's Billy on the Street, 11 p.m., Fuse

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Bill Maher on Chelsea Lately, 11 p.m., E!
Daniel Radcliffe on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:35 a.m., NBC
Dolly Parton on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11 p.m., Comedy Central
Gerard Butler and Betty White on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Hugh Laurie on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
Meryl Streep on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12 a.m., ABC
Ricky Gervais on Conan, 11 p.m., TBS

 

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