What to watch on Thursday, April 4...
The Big Bang Theory
A tenure opportunity pits the fellas against one another in “The Tenure Turbulence,” in what I can only imagine is the transmedia prologue for this summer’s most hotly anticipated video game, Mortal Kombat vs. Big Bang Theory Universe ($59.99 retail for Xbox and Playstation).
Parks and Recreation
“Partridge” is the name of both tonight's episode and the Minnesota hamlet a young Ben Wyatt once ruled with an iron fist and grandiose dreams of Ice Palaces as far as the eye could see. The former teen mayor returns with Leslie at his side this week, while back in Pawnee, Councilman Jamm sues Ron. That is plain not going to end well for Councilman Jamm even a tiny bit.
Meredith and Derek take precautions for their kids’ futures after learning some worrisome news in “She’s Killing Me,” while April fesses up to Matthew about her bedroom experience. On the medical front, one doctor fears she may be responsible for the infections afflicting multiple pre-op patients, and Grey Sloan Memorial hosts a group of Syrian doctors seeking basic surgical skills.
Person of Interest
In “Trojan Horse,” Finch goes undercover to determine whether the latest POI, a high-level tech exec, is working to sabotage her own company from the inside. Not to tell Finch how to do his job, but her feverishly updated Tumblr tribute to Enlightened might be a clue. At the NYPD, Carter is rankled when Beecher turns over incriminating information about another detective.
For the second straight week, Fox decides that what your Thursday night could use is a dash of Tuesday comedy. Will gobs of carryover viewers from American Idol fully appreciate the magnitude of “First Date,” which sends Jess and Nick off to solidify their fitful romance with a proper courtship? Will Schmidt and Winston’s attempts to sabotage their evening quash the dreams of the internet’s legion of shippers?
The Mindy Project
“Pretty Man” gender-bends rom-com classic Pretty Woman, as Mindy inadvertently befriends a male prostitute right when she needs a date for Danny and Alex’s dinner party. Did someone say, “I feel like I’ve read this episode summary before?” Yes. Yes, you did. Because Fox had originally scheduled this one for Tuesday and “My Cool Christian Boyfriend” for tonight, but then flipped them on us. Because Fox is a wily trickster nemesis. This isn’t over between you and me, Fox. Not by a longshot.
And lookee here, the Peacock’s also getting into the “let’s toss our Tuesday comedies onto Thursday night and see what shakes out” game. In “Fast Breakup,” K-Ball’s new mascot awakens the green-eyed monster in Ryan, who’s also trying to make sense of both Lauren’s love life and a booze-sodden come-on from his secretary. Is it any wonder he wishes he could solve his problems with a giant foam head and a T-shirt cannon?
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, NBC
Showrunner Bryan Fuller brings you the latest spin on popular fiction’s most cultured and charismatic cannibal, played here by Mads Mikkelsen. “Apéritif” opens the series with the not-yet-notorious Dr. Lecter teaming up with an FBI agent (Hugh Dancy) to track a serial killer, though probably not the one who's laid waste the dozens of other shows that’ve occupied this timeslot in the last four years.
“Molly, You in Danger, Girl” finds Team Olivia realizing they may have flubbed an old case. And not in a “we’ll laugh about this one day at the office holiday party” kind of way. More like a “welp, now we’re all in mortal peril” kind of way. In relationship developments, Olivia and Jake’s romance is on the upswing, while Fitz and Mellie plumb new lows.
Cheryl sets off on a salubrious voyage to the Bermuda Triangle alongside her loving brother Cecil and his squeeze Tiffy (guest-stars Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal). There, the Tunt siblings and companion encounter mystery, adventure, and quite likely a cliffhanger ending, if the title “Sea Tunt: Part I” is to be believed.
– From Atlanta, Charles Barkley and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Guest host Ross Matthews on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Danny Boyle on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Eva Longoria, Terry Crews, and a performance from Cavalia’s “Odysseo” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Martin Short and Tyler, the Creator on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Goran Visnjic and Seth Sentry on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Melissa McCarthy, Chris Jericho, and Ryan Bingham on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC