What to Watch Tonight: The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Wilfred's Finale

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What to watch on Thursday, September 20...

Can you believe we're already 20 days in to September? Where are we—in some kind of crazy time machine that's stuck on "forward?" Somebody hit the switch that slows this thing down! While we all try to figure out where it is, let's entertain ourselves with tonight's television sampling:

SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 8:30pm, NBC
Up All Night
Oh hey, NBC Thursday, welcome back. This fall's line-up kicks off with Up All Night—and this season is attempting to throw curveballs at all of its characters. In tonight's "Friendships & Partnerships" the Ava Show gets... dun dun dun... canceled! Jobless, Reagan must return to the homefront, which pushes Chris back into the legal field, and the role-reversal-re-reversal prove difficult to adjust to for both of them. Also, Ava's friendship is with Reagan is tested and Reagan's brother (Luka Jones) shows up to help with a bathroom remodel.

SEASON 9 PREMIERE, 9pm, NBC
The Office
It's back for what is reportedly its last season, and it's still introducing new characters—who'd have thunk it? In tonight's "New Guys" two newbies are hired, but instead of being accepted with open arms, the rest of the office writes them off as younger versions of Jim and Dwight. I wonder how Jim and Dwight feel about that. Probably not too good. Also, Andy returns from leadership training and seeks immediate revenge on Nellie while Oscar considers whether or not to adopt Angela's cat. Oh, and Kevin saves a turtle. Alright, Kevin!

SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 9:30pm, NBC
Parks and Recreation
Rounding out NBC's Thursday lineup, "Ms. Knope Goes to Washington" opens with a Washington, D.C. visit which of course includes a cameo or three from Senators John McCain, Olympia Snowe, and Barbara Boxer. Andy and Leslie travel to D.C. to visit April and Ben in their new jobs. Meanwhile, in Pawnee, Ron throws a BBQ for the Parks staff. What could go wrong?

SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm, FX
Wilfred
Word on the street is that during the second season finale, "Secrets," Ryan and Wilfred will have to unwillingly confront some serious, and surprising, questions about love... and life in general. That's pretty vague as far as words on the streets go, but sometimes it's better to leave a little for the imagination—at least that's what I overheard a perverse old wise man say one time.

SEASON 2 FINALE, 10:30pm, MTV
Awkward.
In "The Other Shoe," as Jenna gets ready for her Eurotrip she decides to make her decision about the guys a public one and begins to wonder if getting everything she's ever wanted is really all its cracked up to be. What will she choose to do?! And will the season end on a shot of an airplane taking off on a runway? Because that's where I'm putting my money.

PLUS ALL NEW EPISODES OF...
SNL Weekend Update Thursday, 8 p.m., NBC
The American Bible Challenge, 8 p.m., Game Show Network
The X Factor, 8 p.m., Fox
Wipeout, 8 p.m., ABC
Braxton Family Values, 9 p.m., WE TV
Crime Inc., 9 p.m., CNBC
Four Weddings, 9 p.m., TLC
Glee, 9 p.m., Fox
Ladies and Gentlemen... Marie Osmond, 9 p.m., Hallmark
Project Runway, 9 p.m., Lifetime
The Next, 9 p.m., The CW
The Pyramid, 9 p.m., Game Show Network
The Real Housewives of Miami, 9 p.m., Bravo
Bling It On, 10 p.m., TLC
High School Moms, 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
House Hunters, 10 p.m., HGTV
How Do They Do It?, 10 p.m., Science
POV, 10 p.m., PBS
Prom Queens, SERIES PREMIERE, 10 p.m., Lifetime
Tamar & Vince, SERIES PREMIERE, 10 p.m., WE
Texas Car Wars, 10 p.m., Discovery
The First 48, 10 p.m., A&E;
Very Bad Men, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
House Hunters International, 10:30 p.m., HGTV
Louie, 10:30 p.m., FX

 

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Nathan Lane and racecar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay on Late Show With David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Viola Davis and Paul Wesley on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Piers Morgan and Michael Peña on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC
Nikki Reed and author Mitch Albom on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS

 

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