What to Watch Tonight: The Big Bang Theory Celebrates Thanksgiving, Glee Sings Billy Joel, and Covert Affairs Wraps Up Season 4

What to watch on Thursday, November 21...

8pm, CBS
The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon is steamed at the prospect of Thanksgiving at Mrs. Wolowitz’s house in “The Thanksgiving Decoupling.” Meanwhile, a mistake from Penny’s past rears its head.

8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
“Dead Man on Campus” finds Elena and Caroline celebrating their tiny, tiny window of victory with a raucous bash, but the latter is diverted by Jesse’s troubles. Elsewhere, Damon presses Wes for answers, Katherine does Matt a solid, and Bonnie adjusts to life as a mystical border crossing.

8pm & 8:30pm, NBC
Parks and Recreation
Indianapolis Colts players Reggie Wayne, Adam Vinatieri, and Andrew Luck help Leslie power through her city council to-do list in “Fluoride,” while daddies-to-be Chris and Ron go crib shopping. Then in “The Cones of Dunshire,” Leslie and Jamm lock horns in a protracted negotiation, Ben busies himself with a new hobby, and Ron seeks help selling his cabin.

9pm, Sundance
The Returned
Considering who the episode is named for, “Victor” figures to ramp up the creepiness another 11 or 12 notches. As the stoic lad makes a startling discovery, Léna falls prey to a mysterious malady and Thomas continues to monitor Adèle and Simon.

9pm, ABC
Grey’s Anatomy
Ben fears that his chat with Derek will louse up Bailey’s life, because this is Grey’s Anatomy, where a light breeze can louse up people’s lives. Meanwhile in “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Cristina and Shane bond, April’s upcoming nuptials spark tension between Jackson and Stephanie, and Meredith prepares to host Thanksgiving dinner.

9pm, Fox
It’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday Thursday. The regular crowd shuffles in. There’s a dude in a sweater vest sitting next to me, making love to his whiteboard and gin. He says, “New Directions, can you play me an episode? I’m not really sure how it goes. But it’s sweet and it’s stout and it’s called ‘Movin’ Out,’ and it’s one of our artist-ode shows.”

9pm, CW
In “Chosen,” Queen Catherine won’t rest until the rapscallions who spooked Mary are brought to justice. In other courtly capering, Francis enlists Olivia’s help to suss out the bond between his brother and his betrothed, Kenna divulges her dalliance with the king, and Bash must draw blood to settle the red in his ledger.

9pm, CBS
The Crazy Ones
The annual “Sixteen-Inch Softball” showdown between accounts folks and creatives could cost someone their job. Either way, given the show’s level of Chicago verisimilitude so far, I’m pretty confident that its take on this hallowed local tradition will have Mike Royko spinning in his grave vigorously.

9pm, USA
White Collar
Those of you who have been clamoring for White Collar: On Ice! will get your wish with “Ice Breaker,” in which Peter and Neal pose as professional skaters to bust up a counterfeiting ring through the power of crime-fighting capades.

Covert Affairs
Back in the States in “Trompe Le Monde,” Calder suspects that Joan may be the only one he can rely on, which is why she’s the only one for whom he picked up some Toblerone at the airport duty-free shop. Meanwhile, Annie and Auggie continue to pursue Henry.

10pm, TBS
Ground Floor
Much to Jenny’s chagrin, Brody’s competitive side is stoked by the possibility of a snazzy workspace in “The New Office.” Downstairs, Harvard catches the eye of a young lady who leads him into a sticky situation.

10pm, ABC
Between Josie’s campaign heading for a nosedive and Operation Remington weighing on everyone’s minds, Pope & Associates once again splits its time between crisis management and conspiracy thwarting. Meanwhile in “Vermont Is for Lovers Too,” Cyrus’s anti-Sally machinations may prove Pyrrhic.

10pm, NBC
Will a new day dawn for Berkeley, one warmed by the all-encompassing sun of a freshly installed Braverman Dynasty, long may it reign? Adam is keeping hope alive that it shall in “Election Day,” while Jasmine and Crosby use the occasion to educate Jabbar. Elsewhere, Amber is asked to add her voice to the band, Sarah helps Hank deal with family matters, and Julia and Joel address Victor’s misgivings.

10pm, CBS
Holmes and Watson identify the fiend responsible for a series of cold-case murders in “On the Line,” but their revelation sparks tension with the NYPD. The murder-happy dude probably isn’t too jazzed either, come to think of it.

12am, Cartoon Network
Developments develop and threats threaten in “Whitley,” which by Adult Swim standards qualifies as a downright robust logline.

– Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele, Rosie Perez, and Yo Gotti featuring T.I. on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– James Franco, Neal McDonough, and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Pusha T on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Jennifer Lawrence on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– J.J. Abrams on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Kristen Bell, David Gregory, and Julian Lennon on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Jonah Hill and Chiwetel Ejiofor on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Tracy Morgan, Chris Pratt, and Pusha T on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Liam Hemsworth, Bobby Moynihan, and Sleigh Bells on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– David Arquette and Krysten Ritter on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


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Dragons: Riders of Berk
"The stars come out to shine this Thursday" - promo courtesy everything network circa 1978. Then again, "White Collar On Ice" confirms we're living in the golden age of WTF.
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