On TV this Thursday: Community heads to the carnival, Grey’s Anatomy answers to a new chief, Scandal safeguards an A-list client list and more. As but a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are eight programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm American Idol (Fox) | As the Top 7 are whittled down to a half-dozen, Season 3 finalist Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo and Rick Ross perform “Think Like a Man,” and Season 10′s James Durbin performs his new song, “Higher Than Heaven.” (Check out Michael Slezak’s latest recap and the latest Idology episodes.)
8 pm Missing (ABC) | Becca takes matters into her own hands to uncover clues to Michael’s whereabouts — just as Michael plots his escape.
8 pm Community (NBC) | When Britta’s old flame (Kirk Fox aka Parks and Recreation‘s “Sewage Joe”) returns to town, Annie, Troy and Abed try to keep her occupied while Jeff and Shirley stake out the guy’s workplace — a traveling carnival. (Check out our exclusive clip!)
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Cristina tries to get Owen to spill details about his affair (watch our exclusive first look video); Chief-for-the-day Mark butts heads with Richard; Meredith is dubbed the first resident ready for the boards; Callie & Co. plan a much-needed ladies night for Teddy.
9 pm Touch (Fox) | Martin’s laptop is stolen on the day of Jake’s important evaluation, and that somehow links them to a woman avenging the death of her family.
10 pm Scandal (ABC) | When a D.C. madam comes under investigation, Pope & Associates works to keep under wraps her client list, which is literally a “who’s who” of powerful politicos (plus maybe one of Olivia’s team members); former White House intern Amanda Tanner continues to be a threat to the president; Lie to Me‘s Brendan Hines debuts as an ambitious reporter on Tanner’s trail.
10 pm Awake (NBC) | An unexpected tip leads Britten to an empty warehouse tied to a case he was investigating before his accident; Dr. Evans helps Britten make a tough decision as Hannah prepares for the move to Oregon. (Get scoop!)
10 pm Punk’d (MTV) | Heroes‘ Hayden Panettiere, with help from Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr and Jersey Shore‘s JWoww, pulls pranks on Zac Efron, Snooki and Glee‘s Dianna Agron. Watch a sneak peek:
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