What to watch on Thursday, January 9...
The Big Bang Theory
A compulsory vacation gives Sheldon the chance to unwind, which proves much more difficult than it sounds because Sheldon. Elsewhere in “The Occupation Recalibration,” Penny takes a big career leap while Bernadette tries to replace one of Howard’s comic books with the help of Stuart and rival comic book shop owner Josh Peck
When a mysterious prankster terrorizes Greendale by dropping coins down people’s pants, Jeff, Annie, and Dean Pelton play Deantective in “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics.”
100TH EPISODE, 8:30pm, NBC
Parks and Recreation
“Second Chunce” thwarts spell-checkers everywhere and greets Leslie with some big decisions as her city council tenure winds to a close. Meanwhile, Andy returns from
fighting aliens in space alongside a heavily-armed raccoon London, and Chris and Ann learn their child’s gender.
SEASON 3 FINALE, 9pm, Lifetime
Project Runway: All Stars
In “Are U.N. or Are You Out,” the designers take Turtle Bay by storm with a globally inspired fashion show at United Nations Headquarters. Gayle King and Zac Posen also appear.
Hagen gives Neal his last assignment in “Live Feed,” putting Rebecca’s life on the line. Even more fiendishly, the task requires Neal to pair a striped tie with a patterned shirt.
The Michael J. Fox Show
Mike fears he’s lost a journalistic step in "Secret" when he’s scooped on a story about a wiseguy (Richard Kind) who lives in his building and who co-starred with him on another sitcom for five whole seasons. At home, the Henry brood squabbles over what to do with a statue gifted to Graham.
MINISERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, IFC
The Spoils of Babylon
In the grand tradition of TV miniseries events like The Thorn Birds comes this sprawling six-part epic about wealth, passion, family, and betrayal, based on the best-selling novel by Eric Jonrosh. Wait, hang on. I’m being told that best-selling novelist Eric Jonrosh is actually Will Ferrell, the best-selling novel The Spoils of Babylon doesn’t exist, and this whole thing is a big spoof starring Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Carey Mulligan as a mannequin, and many more. Tonight’s installments, “The Foundling” and “The War Within,” may shed more light on these developments.
Jenny takes a vacation to Paris solo, prompting Brody to contemplate their relationship in “The Decision: Part One.” Back in the office, Mansfield drops a bombshell, and Threepeat has 24 hours to become fluent in Mandarin when a lie on his résumé bites him on the pìgu.
Sarah’s professional boon leaves Hank with questions, Joel and Peet tackle the homestretch of their project, and Amber confronts uncomfortable circumstances. Meanwhile in “Stay a Little Longer,” Jasmine is nonplussed when Crosby invites Oliver to crash at their place.
Since the Mafia may be linked to the murder of the week in “All in the Family,” TV Law demands Paul Sorvino put in a guest-star turn. Off the case, Sherlock strives to mend fences with Det. Bell.
“Jewel in the Crown” finds a prominent KGB officer defecting and the CIA pumping him for info. Aldrich Ames uses the debrief to learn whether anyone has discovered his identity as the mole—which virtually no one has, based on the anemic ratings for this show’s premiere.
12am, Cartoon Network
“Gribbs” promises “a change in circumstances.” Whose? Which? How? Other questions? Why not tune in and find out? Will I ever use declarative sentences again? Who knows?
– Ken Jeong, Nancy Grace, and Dwayne Perkins on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Mark Wahlberg, Kathryn Hahn, and Chad Daniels on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Zosia Mamet on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Scarlet Johansson on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Philanthropist Jeff Skoll on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Leslie Mann, David Koechner, and Vince Gill with Paul Franklin on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Anderson Cooper, Mindy Kaling, and Will Hoge on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Kristen Wiig, Nick Kroll, and Lord Huron on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Wanda Sykes, F. Murray Abraham, Parquet Courts, and Sharon Jones on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Patton Oswalt and Hannah New on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?