What’s On: PARKS & RECREATION Thursday

Parks & Recreation “Go Big Or Go Home” 9:30 on NBC

I feel like crying. Honestly, it’s been so long since the May finale, I will finally be able to subdue the feelings of withdrawl. I have so much love for this show it’s ridiculous. The first season was a colossal mess, it had no idea what it wanted to be. The second season however, was one of the funniest and freshest series on television. Swanson, Ludgate, Haverford, Dwyer, Perkins, Gergich, Meagle, Wyatt, Treager & KNOPE! Finally it comes home to a sweet time slot – in between The Office & 30 Rock, probably the best 90 minute block of TV out there. Last season ended with the government of Pawnee being shut down (Damn that Mayor Gunderson and his dog Rufus!) and state auditors Ben and Chris (new cast members Adam Scott & Rob Lowe) had come to Pawnee to sort the whole mess out. Promos. Love.

So apparently there’s other TV on tonight, NBC premiers their 6 sitcom block, Idol settles in on it’s new night,  here are our recommendations (other than the above masterpiece) for tonight, Thursday January 20th, 2011.

The Best:

Huxtable Alert!

Community “Asian Population Studies” 8:00 on NBC

Chang demands to know whether he will be let into the study group. Well it’s either him or the doctor from pottery class (Greg Cromer). Also Shirley gets some plot as we finally meet her nasty ex-husband played by Malcolm Jamal Warner (Theo Huxtable!). Check out the clip below. Brown Jamie Lee Curtis!

The Big Bang Theory “The Love Car Displacement” 8:00 on CBS

The gang, including the lovely BBT ladies, head to a science conference. Sheldon decides who goes in what car, and calls them love cars. I fikkin love road trip episodes. Also Mr. Eliza Dushku, Rick Fox guest stars as an ex boyfriend of Bernedette’s. Big Bang is on a hot streak y’all.

Bones “The Body In The Bag” 9:00 on FOX

Bones moves to it’s new post-Idol slot tonight. It’s hard not to have negative feelings about Fringe on friday nights, but I’ll put it aside for now. I’m torn on Hannah. I want to like Kathryn Winnick, but it’s hard. The best aspect of her character is that she’s forcing some juicy moments between Bones and Booth. The scene in the last episode where Brennan broke down and admitted her mistake was gut wrenching, it was damn fine TV and wouldn’t have happened without some catalyzing from Hannah. If she keeps instigating these moments she can stick around for a bit.

Jersey Shore “Free Snooki” 10:00 on MTV

Two Jersey Shores in one week, what did I do to deserve this treasure. Snooki’s arrest at the end of monday’s episode was hilarious. I think there’s a line between party girl and alcoholic and she’s straddling it. It’s third season has been so unapologetically entertaining; Sammi’s descent into woman-on-the-verge has been like watching a train crash in slow motion, New kid on the block Deena is a gas (“I can’t”), and MVP has been as entertaining as ever.

But wait there’s even more! Here’s the rest of this chubby thursday’s fare:

American Idol 8:00 on FOX – I didn’t hate Idol 2.0 as much as I thought it would, but I definitely felt the absence of Simon Cowell and the mean judge. Steven Tyler was off his rocker, and while many seemed to enjoy the new Paula‘s zaniness, I just felt creeped out. Mainly I was just blown away by how beautiful J Lo looked in hi-def.

Wipeout 8:00 on ABC – No.

Shit My Dad Says 8:30 on CBS – Absolutely not.

Perfect Couples 8:30 on NBC – This is the same episode NBC previewed in December. As a pilot it’s just okay; the laughs are few and far between. But the cast is very likable and it has potential. I just hope it earns cushy time slot NBC gave it.

CSI 9:00 on CBS – It’s a Greg Sanders episode! Eric Szamanda’s emmy reel just got fatter.

The Office 9:00 on NBC – Tonight’s episode is called The Ultimatum which I believe has to do with Holly (Amy Ryan) and AJ’s relationship. Also Pam puts up a board for everyone to post their resolutions, no doubt pissing off someone.

Royal Pains 9:00 on USA – Feurstein and Costanzo’s Jew fro’s are back from their hiatus.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 9:00 on Bravo – Season finale.

Fairly Legal 10:00 on USA – Series Premiere. Superhot Sarah Shahi (Dawson’s Creek, Life) stars as Kate, a lawyer who quits her job and turns to mediation. Michael Trucco (Sam Anders from BSG) stars as her ex and Ethan Embry as her brother Spencer. It looks like average cable fair, but a solid leading lady can make average cable fair stand out in the ratings, look at The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles.

30 Rock 10:00 on NBC –  Tonight 30 Rock moves to it’s new 10pm slot. I’m interested to see how it goes up against The Mentalist in the ratings. It doesn’t really matter; NBC picked it up for a 6th season when they moved it to 10. Tonight’s episode is called Mrs. Donaghey – I already love it.

The Mentalist 10:00 on CBS – Watch Patrick Jane’s glorious mane as he solves mysteries.

Outsourced 10:30 on NBC – Ughh, it’s not that it’s not funny (cause it sometimes can be a little maybe) it’s just that it’s completely cloying and far below the standard. Shame.

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