Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, April 25, 2013. All times are Eastern.
Project Runway (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): This reality competition has been a fixture of TV Club’s coverage from the section’s very origins, dating back to the show’s Christian Siriano-dominated fourth season. Its most recent cycles, however, just haven’t passed muster, and at the end of a novel-yet-disappointing round focused on team challenges, tonight’s two-hour finale will be our final “auf wiedersehen” to Runway. Sonia Saraiya will savor every last moment with Zac Posen.
The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 p.m.): On a Very Special Big Bang Theory, Sheldon deals with the loss of a treasured television series. Oliver Sava’s still working through his feelings about the end of Young Justice, so he can lend a sympathetic ear.
The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8 p.m.): BACK-DOOR PILOT ALERT: Klaus’ attempt to get back in touch with his roots is your first glimpse at the Originals-centric Vampire Diaries spin-off The CW hopes to launch next fall. Soon, the network will be nothing but vampires and Stephen Amell’s abdominal muscles—which are Carrie Raisler’s inspirations for a very niche-y bar she wants to open someday.
Community (NBC, 8 p.m.): If your “Community genre homage” Bingo card has “body-switch comedy” on it, this week puts you one step closer to victory. You’ll have to beat Todd VanDerWerff to a full Bingo, though, because he’s a Kabuki episode away from ultimate victory.
Person Of Interest (CBS, 9 p.m.): Given that tonight’s schedule already saw a bit of shuffling due to current events, don’t be surprised if this Person Of Interest concerning a poison attack disappears from the lineup before the day is through. And just when Phil Dyess-Nugent was getting excited about having the show back.
Glee (Fox, 9 p.m.): The power’s out at McKinley, which requires New Directions to go unplugged. Brandon Nowalk can’t wait to hear Marley take a page from the Nirvana MTV Unplugged In New York book and cover a bunch of Meat Puppet and Lead Belly tunes.
The Office (NBC, 9 p.m.): Low-rent talent agent Roseanne Barr gets her new client Andy his big break in an industrial film. Erik Adams hopes it turns out something like this. Or this. Or at the very least this. Anything where Andy gets injured would be acceptable.
Parks And Recreation (NBC, 9:30 p.m.): Ron proposes the closure of a city-owned miniature-golf course, which probably offends his Libertarian beliefs and his standards for what counts as a “sport.” This is a major blow to the self-esteem of 1993 Chicagoland Putt Putt Champion Steve Heisler.
Scandal (ABC, 10 p.m.): “Seven Fifty-Two”: Does the episode title refer to a time, a flight number, or a secret code shared among Washington insiders? Ryan McGee just wants to know how Shonda Rhimes figured out his preferred locker combination.
Elementary (CBS, 10 p.m.): That other Sherlock’s getting all of the attention because of Star Trek Into Darkness, but Jonny Lee Miller’s interpretation of the renowned detective hasn’t disappeared into the shadows—it’s just that he’s only had two new adventures in the last two months. Surely Myles McNutt has some explanations for why this is a terrible way to maintain an audience for a young show.
Hannibal (NBC, 10 p.m.): Our apologies to the members of the Official Molly Shannon Fan Club (do you call yourselves “superstars”?), but Bryan Fuller himself has requested that NBC skip Shannon’s Hannibal appearance for real-life-violence-related reasons. (Though you can find it online!) But if it’s just the creative output of a woman named Molly that you’re looking for, look no further than Molly Eichel’s review of the episode that is airing tonight.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (11 a.m.): Please excuse Zack Handlen as his head reels from DS9’s sudden adoption of the Starfleet uniforms introduced in Star Trek: First Contact. He was just getting used to the new communicator designs that crept in from Voyager—and that was two whole seasons ago!
Gilmore Girls (1 p.m.): Here’s where the first season of Gilmore Girls hits its dramatic stride, with romantic triangles and complications aplenty. David Sims feels gutted just thinking about “Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Strangers.”
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
Ready For Love (Style, 8 p.m.): Want to see the episode that killed NBC’s big stab at the dating-show game? Then you’ll have to watch the première. But here’s the episode that was the last to debut before one of 2013’s ugliest shows was pulled from the air.
World’s Dumbest (TruTV, 9 p.m.): A left field pick for 100 Episodes consideration: This staple of the TruTV slate, which has cranked out 172 hour-long installments since early 2008. The show wraps its 15th (!) cycle tonight—unlikely to be its last, unless people suddenly stop acting stupidly in ways that can easily be riffed on by comedians.
Giving You The Business (Food Network, 10 p.m.): New evidence that the Undercover Boss format refuses to quit spawning: Employees of chain restaurants work through the shift from hell, unaware that the company’s CEO is watching and evaluating whether they deserve the prize of more work in food service (as the owner of their own franchise location).
Failosophy (MTV, 11 p.m.): MTV doubles up on episodes for the finale of its “look at this thing we found on the Internet” show that isn’t Ridiculousness. If it isn’t renewed, does the whole series qualify for “fail” consideration on a similarly themed show?
50/50 (Showtime, 7 p.m.): Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt approach the question “Can cancer be funny?” and answer it with a definitive “Yeah, sometimes, but that’s definitely not the point of this movie.”
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines (TCM, 8 p.m.): A stunt-filled comedy set at the dawn of aviation, where the grandiosity begins (but doesn’t end) with that hilariously superlative title.
NFL Draft: Round One (ESPN, 8 p.m.): Recommended viewing, because you don’t want to wake up tomorrow and realize that you (Yes, you!) have been drafted to take a quarterback job with the Kansas City Chiefs.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
The Americans: Todd VanDerWerff and Genevieve Koski are no longer sure who’s on whose side anymore. Are Genevieve and Todd even playing for the same team now? Perhaps next week’s finale will straighten it all out. (Or maybe it won’t.)