What to Watch Tonight: Scandal, Community, and Person of Interest

What to watch on Thursday, April 5...

Hopefully you've been treating your DVR with kindness and respect because tonight you'll wanna be calling in some favors. Lots of stuff to watch, is what I'm saying:

America demanded another procedural about a confident woman and the soft indie-rock tunes which soundtrack her most emotional moments and Producer Shonda Rhimes came through once again! Scandal tells the tale of a former White House communications director who opens a firm that specializes in "crisis management." In tonight's pilot, Kerry Washington's character Olivia will handle a scandal (handal?) centered around no less than the President himself. (Also starring: Desmond from Lost!)

8pm, NBC
In "Pillows and Blankets," the living room war between Abed and Troy reaches its endgame, but not before Jeff and the rest of the gang have to intervene. But don't take it from me... Resident Community-ficionado Tim Surette (who has seen a screener) thinks this episode could be a classic.

9pm, CBS
Person of Interest
Tonight the machine directs Reese toward five different persons of interest, but they're all linked to New York crime families! Is Elias up to something? Reese and Finch aim to find out! (And then afterward: FRO-YO.)

8:30pm, NBC
30 Rock
Tonight Jack will attempt to make Pete over into an ambitious gentleman. Meanwhile Tracy recovers his sense of smell and is magnetically drawn toward Liz's scent, plus Jenna wages war against the writers in a prank war gone too far. I don't know, this whole staff seems really unprofessional to me, what do you think?

10pm, NBC
Don't be fooled by the charming title, "That's Not My Penguin" promises to be another emotionally harrowing hour of television. In one reality, Michael deals with a mental patient who's threatening to blow up the entire hospital. In the other, he meets his son's new ladyfriend. And in both, the effects of not getting any proper sleep start to catch up with him. Now THAT we can relate to.

10pm, Fox
In "Kite Strings," a whole new web of people cross paths, including a teenage Iraqi who befriends a U.S. soldier; a lottery winner who meets a sad pastor; and a stranger who used to know Martin's wife. Before she died. Hopefully.

American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox
God Is the Bigger Elvis, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8 p.m., HBO
Missing, 8 p.m., ABC
The Big Bang Theory, 8 p.m., CBS
Rules of Engagement, 8:30 p.m., CBS
Behind the Music: Aaliyah, 9 p.m., VH1
Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC
Mary Mary, 9 p.m., WE
Tent City U.S.A., ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9 p.m., OWN
The First 48, 9 p.m., A&E;
Up All Night, 9:30 p.m., NBC
My Mom Is Obsessed, 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Punk'd, 10 p.m., MTV
Sins & Secrets, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
The Mentalist, 10 p.m., CBS
The Pauly D Project, 10:30 p.m., MTV
I Just Want My Pants Back, 11 p.m., MTV
Delocated!, 12 a.m., Cartoon Network

Anne Rice on Colbert Report, 11:30 p.m., Comedy Central
Anthony Bourdain on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11 p.m., Comedy Central
Aziz Ansari & Christina Hendricks on Conan, 11 p.m., TBS
Jeffrey Dean Morgan & Jennifer Coolidge on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:52 a.m., CBS
Kathy Griffin on Watch What Happens: Live, 11 p.m., Bravo
Lena Headey on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12 a.m., ABC
Regina Hall on The Wendy Williams Show, 12 a.m., BET
Sofia Vergara & Judd Apatow on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC
Zac Efron on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:34 p.m., NBC


What are you watching tonight?

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