What to watch on Thursday, October 24...
The Big Bang Theory
A whopper of a scientific breakthrough leaves Sheldon wracked with self-doubt. Elsewhere in “The Romance Resonance,” Howard dazzles Bernadette with a grand gesture, inspiring Penny to spice up her own relationship.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Flashbacks chronicle the roguish origin of Merry Man Will Scarlet, a.k.a. the Knave of Hearts, in “Forget Me Not.” In Wonderland, Cyrus manipulates Jafar and the Red Queen into dispatching a Bandersnatch after Alice, and the White Rabbit’s secret spills out.
The battle rounds continue in a special extra installment, as NBC desperately tries to pull a collective rating above 2.5 for a Thursday night line-up this year.
8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
Mystic Falls commemorates its dead on Remembrance Day, which really ought to be Remembrance Week to fit in everyone who’s met their maker in this cockamamie town. As for what our undead pals will be up to in “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” Damon and Elena aid a perplexed Stefan, Caroline bonds with Jesse, Matt investigates his disturbing blackouts, and Dr. Maxfield sets a plan into motion, which always works out well for characters on this show.
9pm, The CW
Mary and Francis must act the adoring couple in order to persuade the dubious English envoy as “Snakes in the Garden” veers the show straight into sitcom farce territory. Around court, Queen Catherine sets her sights on someone who knows too much about her anti-Mary machinations.
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 9pm, Lifetime
Project Runway All Stars
Alyssa Milano takes over as host, and three former Project Runway champs are among the 11 contestants vying for sartorial supremacy this season.
“Map of You” finds Derek and Callie delving into a brain-mapping project and Richard offering his own physical specimen as a training ground for the interns. Meanwhile, Meredith considers taking up the mantle of her mother’s research.
In “Out of the Frying Pan,” Neal’s first case with his new handler centers on a shady online marketplace—one that Mozzie may be mixed up with. Can Neal thread the needle between his personal loyalties and professional duties as deftly as the fine stitching in his bespoke Savile Row three-piece?
Auggie and Calder reluctantly team up against mutual enemy Henry in “Something Against You.” Joan has her doubts about the pairing, no matter how many times Auggie explains that even Spider-Man had to team up with Venom to fight Carnage that one time, and it worked out okay, so relax already geez.
When a former assassin receives a dose of his own medicine in “Ancient History,” Holmes and Watson must delve into the seedy depths of the mob for clues. In less life-threatening mysteries, Joan lends her sleuthing skills to a friend searching for a vanished suitor.
Max takes his shutterbuggery to another level, Adam and Crosby balance the band and their business, and Joel tries to get a handle on his relationship with Peet. Elsewhere in “Let’s Be Mad Together,” a patch of common ground irks Julia and Camille, while Sarah locks horns with Ryan and Amber.
A floundering Pope & Associates is reduced to representing a lecherous senator with an exhibitionist streak in “Say Hello to My Little Friend.” At the White House, Mellie tumbles into a tussle with congresswoman Lisa Kudrow (D-Central Perk).
SEASON 5 FINALE, 12am, Cartoon Network
“The Coming” wraps up the docs’ Japanese sojourn with a flurry of birth and death, love and war, opera and Jack McBrayer. Jack McBrayer singing opera? Who knows! The logline is vague, but I wouldn’t put it past this show.
– Megan Mullally, Adam DeVine and Lindsey Stirling on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Johnny Knoxville on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, 11pm, FXX
– Chiwetel Ejiofor on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Stephen Fry on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Emma Roberts, Dave Salmoni, and Diane Birch on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Lisa Kudrow, Malcom Gladwell, and Kings of Leon on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Edward Norton, Judd Apatow, and Pearl Jam on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?