What to Watch Tonight: The Vampire Diaries, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the Vice Presidential Debate

What to watch on Thursday, October 11...

We've all heard that we are what we eat, but could the same be said about the television shows we watch? Hmmm... food for thought, and just in time: Tonight's TV menu involves comedy, politics, and sexy supernatural creatures. Ready? Let's do this.

The Vampire Diaries
Have you recovered from the events of TVD's Season 3 finale? Good, 'cause Season 4 is ready to bring all sorts of new hurts. In "Growing Pains," Elena must go through a difficult transition in order to become a vampire... or face death. And we all know the latter isn't going to happen. Meanwhile, Bonnie is reprimanded for trying to change Elena's fate and Damon is furious at Stefan for letting her die in the first place. But isn't anyone going to ask Elena how SHE feels?

Beauty and the Beast
This loose remake of the late-'80s CBS television show of the same name stars Smallville's Kristin Kreuk homicide detective Catherine Chandler—the "beauty"—and Terra Nova's Jay Ryan as not-all-that-beastly-looking "beast." It looks kind of terrible... but maybe it will also be super entertaining? Tune in to find out!

LIVE, 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, PBS
Vice Presidential Debate
Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan will go toe-to-toe tonight in their only debate before President Obama and Mitt Romney jump back into the ring. The event will be moderated by Martha Raddatz, a senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC, and will focus on domestic policy. Here's what the rest of the debate schedule looks like:

Tuesday, October 16: LIVE 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific — Second presidential debate: President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney
Topic: Foreign and domestic issues
Moderator: Candy Crowley, Chief Political Analyst and the first woman moderator in 20 years.

Monday, October 22: LIVE 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific — Third presidential debate: President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney
Topic: Foreign policy
Moderator: Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent and moderator of CBS's Face the Nation.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
In tonight's season opener, "Pop-Pop: The Final Solution," Dennis and Dee's grandfather is lying on his deathbed and they have to make a call on whether to pull the plug, but will their decision be affected by the fact that he's a Nazi? Meanwhile, Mac, Charlie, and Frank start a treasure hunt of sorts, for the old man's spoils from the war. Will Dennis and Dee pull the plug on their grandfather? Or, will they dress up as Nazis and then pull the plug?

The League
Football, anyone? The return of The League will recreate the exciting good time that is NFL draft day with a load of fun cameos, including Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins), Trent Richardson (Cleveland Browns), and Matt Kalil (Minnesota Vikings), as well as NFL Network anchor and draft host Rich Eisen. Plus, the guys are invited to the Dallas Cowboys' training camp. Sounds like a football fantasy, who's in?

Lucy Liu and Rob Corddry on Late Show With David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
Terry Bradshaw and Grizzly Bear The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
Actor Kevin James on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12am,ABC
Christina Applegate and Nick Offerman on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
Neil Patrick Harris on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


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