What to watch on Thursday, February 6...
Olympics 2014 Primetime
Ahead of tomorrow’s official Opening Ceremony, the Winter Games kick off with the men’s and pairs short programs in the games’ inaugural figure skating team event, men’s and women’s slopestyle snowboarding, and women’s freestyle skiing (moguls).
8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
Once upon a time, Caroline, Elena and Bonnie were falling in love. Now they’re only falling apart. There’s nothing they can do in “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Hang on, yes there is—they can attend Whitmore’s “Bitter Ball,” because there’s never been a problem in Mystic Falls that a fancy-dress party couldn’t… well, couldn’t wind up making exponentially worse. In equally ingenious ideas, Damon and Enzo force Bonnie and Jeremy to aid their revenge scheme, Dr. Wes resumes his research, and Tyler investigates Matt and Nadia’s relationship.
The Big Bang Theory
Amy’s feeling amorous when she and Sheldon accompany Howard and Bernadette on a Napa getaway in “The Locomotive Manipulation.” Things are less romantic back home, where Leonard and Penny race Raj’s pooch to the vet.
The Hollywood round kicks off in what I imagine is the traditional fashion, with the judges wearing Ray-Bans and driving convertibles along Pacific Coast Highway, while Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” blares, and in the background Jeremy Piven angrily demands to hug everyone, and then there’s some B-roll footage of women in bikinis and the Chinese Theater and then everyone poses in front of the Hollywood sign.
9pm, The CW
After Henry levels some devastating charges against Catherine in “Inquisition,” she scrambles to dig up some blame-shifting dirt on Bash—which prompts him and Mary to root through the queen’s own past in retribution. Meanwhile, Nostradamus explains it all about castle ghost Clarissa.
The Crazy Ones
“Dead and Improved” puts Simon in the awkward position of eulogizing a jingle writer at the request of the deceased’s daughter. The only problem? The man was pretty roundly loathed in life.
In “Cancer,” Keegan represents a gambling addict who snowed an insurance company by claiming her son was severely ill. Keegan’s own gambling habit isn’t going so hot either, as a surprise opponent snakes his poker winnings. Later he disappoints Finn by failing to produce Tony Hawk for a school event, though the skateboarding star’s credit in this week’s logline suggests he’ll turn up after all.
MINISERIES FINALE, 10pm, IFC
The Spoils of Bablyon
The saga of the Morehouse clan reaches its epic climax in “So Sweet the Bells,” as a vengeance-crazed Winston connives to grind his relatives into a fine paste. And what better opportunity than the family Christmas party, featuring the Shah of Iran as a special guest? (Note: IFC will air the first five episodes of the series prior to the finale, starting at 7:30pm.)
As Holmes probes the demise of of a rising dance star in “Corpse de Ballet,” Watson is on the trail of a vanished homeless veteran whose friend suspects foul play.
King of the Nerds
The contestants dive into live-action roleplay in “To LARP or Not to LARP,” and one of the would-be kings strains relations with teammates. Wearing the guise of this week’s judges are Kevin Sorbo, Jon Heder, and Yaya Han.
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks are the guests for Jay Leno’s very last ever (no seriously, we mean it this time) episode as the host of late-night television’s most storied franchise.
– will.i.am, Zooey Deutch, and Jason Derulo on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– The cast of The Walking Dead and White Denim on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– McG on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Journalist Robyn Doolittle on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Columnist Paul Krugman on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Michael Keaton and The Flaming Lips with Sean Lennon on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Colin Farrell, Chris Pratt, and 2 Chainz on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– John Goodman and Imogen Poots on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?