What to watch on Thursday, October 10...
SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, ABC
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
So it turns out, if you go chasing rabbits (especially ones voiced by John Lithgow) and you know you’re going to fall, and you tell them a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call, they lock you in the loony bin and schedule you for brain surgery. That’s where Alice finds herself as this Once Upon a Time spin-off begins, before the Knave of Hearts spirits her back to Wonderland, where friends and foes alike await.
The Big Bang Theory
“The Raiders Minimization” finds Sheldon out for payback after Amy ruins one of his favorite films—and, presumably, spoils it for all the Indiana Jones fans in the audience too, so thanks for that, show! In other tomfoolery, Raj and Stuart sign up for online dating accounts, and Leonard realizes how he can manipulate Penny into anything he wants, which I’m hoping can’t possibly be as creepy as it sounds in the logline.
Parks and Recreation
Kristen Bell and Sam Elliott are among the Bizarro Pawneeans with whom Leslie, Ron, and company must work in “Doppelgängers,” when the town teams up with rival Eagleton. Meanwhile, Ben and Chris return to their accounting roots together, and Ann comes to a decision about her future.
8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
Oh, hey, did someone say doppelgängers? Yeah, they’re old hat in Mystic Falls, where Silas continues pursuing Katherine, whom Matt and Jeremy work to protect, and where Damon enlists Liz’s help with his own search for Stefan. Elsewhere in “True Lies,” Elena and Caroline put on their sleuth hats at Whitmore, and newly arrived baddie Nadia sends a message via violence, because The Vampire Diaries.
In the wake of both divorces, Carol decrees in “Plot Twists” that the family’s cemetery positions must be re-shuffled. That forces Nathan to request ex-wife Janice sign her plot back over to the family.
“The Quarterback” gathers past and present McKinleyans to commemorate the life of New Directions member Finn Hudson, whose untimely passing and memorial mirror that in real life of actor Cory Monteith.
Grey Sloan marks the series’ 200th episode, “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” with a festive fundraiser that Jackson spins into a heated competition. At the hospital, a hectic ER tests Shane and Stephanie’s fortitude, while Bailey has little patience for a batch of aggravating patients (though the opportunity for wordplay does help balance things out).
The Michael J. Fox Show
Mike and Annie need to find a new interest to occupy Graham’s time in “Hobbies,” but their quest quickly becomes a competition. Elsewhere, Harris re-hires Mike’s erstwhile workplace rival, and Leigh and Ian stumble into a Twitter feud with Eve’s classmate, although that may turn out to just be another piece of performance art like @horse_ebooks or Chuck Grassley.
Flashbacks unfurl the tale of Olivia’s contentious relationship with her father in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” In the present day, Pope & Associates and the White House take steps to contain the fallout of the latest shitstorm they’ve unleashed.
“Nipple Confusion” guns hard for an Episode Title of the Week slot as Crosby and Jasmine’s second go at parenthood proves no easier than their first. Meanwhile, Heather’s omnipresence adds a wrinkle to Kristina and Adam’s dynamic, Sarah leans on Hank for support, and Zeek hopes to sell Camille on his plans for the Braverman homestead.
On the trail of a civil contractor who spilled classified info, Sherlock finds himself in the crosshairs of a band of cyber-activists in “We Are Everyone.” In more lighthearted Internet escapades, Joan follows The Big Bang Theory’s lead and makes this Let’s-Create-an-Online-Dating-Profile-in-the-B-Story Night on CBS.
– Tyra Banks, Daymond John, and Chris Spencer on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Jennifer Hudson on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Author Brian Ray Jones on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Authors Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Lauren Graham, Chris Matthews, and Tom Odell on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Animal expert Jack Hanna and Kunal Nayyar on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Owen Wilson; Chris Paul, Blake Griffin & DeAndre Jordan; and Panic! At the Disco on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Katy Perry, Jessica Seinfeld, and Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Steven Wright and Ginnifer Goodwin on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?