The CW and it’s incredibly addictive vampire series are back finally after what seemed like an unforgivably long absence, and with the news that before the end of the season a series regular will bite the dust (Alaric? Matt? Tyler?) it looks like VD is shaping up for a wild tail end of the season. Also on tap, the return of Lady Heather to CSI and a cross-border Bones. Here are our recommendations for tonight, Thursday April 7 2011.
The Vampire Diaries “Know Thy Enemy” 8:00 on CW
Thank Klaus that VD is back tonight. The cliffhanger of Isobel showing up to fuck with Elena and Alaric’s lives was perfect. It’s a waste to have an actress like Mia Kirshner, someone who can both be sweet and insanely menacing, in your cadre of characters and not use her to the max. Till now she’s been a ghost haunting the characters from afar, much like Katherine in the first season. The wonderful David Anders guest stars too.
Nikita “Covenant” 9:00 on CW
Nikita’s creative retooling proved successful, freeing Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) from the constraints of the Division headquarters was a smart move. Even more smart was escalating the drama, having Michael (Shane West) discover that Alex is Nikita’s mole. Tonight he gives Nikita 24 hours to kill the man (played by Nurse Jackie’s Ha’az Sleiman) who killed his family. Also 2 Series regulars, Melinda Clarke (Amanda) and Tiffany Hines (Jaden) turn up in their recurring roles on CSI and Bones respectively.
Bones “The Feet on the Beach” 9:00 on FOX
7 pairs of feet wash ashore, 6 are from cadavers donated to science which means one is MURDER! Queer As Folk’s Scott Lowell guest stars as a Canadian Forensic Podiatrist. This looks like its going to be one of the more disgusting Bones episodes yet (which is saying something). Tiffany Hines guests here in her recurring role as Cam’s adopted daughter first played by Dana Davis.
CSI “Unleashed” 9:00 on CBS
Two words: Lady Heather. Nuff said? Thought so.
Archer “Jeu Monagasque” 10:00 on FX
In the wake of last week’s kidnapping fiasco Mallory Archer takes the gang to Monte Carlo and in doing so sets up a Bond parody like only Archer can. I still can’t get over Placebo Effect from two weeks ago.
The Big Bang Theory 8:00 on CBS – I’m so over Priya, but the thought of Rajesh stealing Bernedette from Howard is amazing.
The Kennedys 8:00 on REELZ – Barry Pepper was great in True Grit, but in this he chews the scenery.
Perfect Couples 8:30 on NBC – Vance and Amy’s wedding prep drives everyone mad. This is the last episode to air before it gets replaced by Paul Reiser next week. Maybe NBC will air them online.
Rules of Engagement 8:30 on CBS – Bianca Kajlich was Dawson Leery’s girlfriend while Oliver Hudson was Joey Potter’s boyfriend and now their married. Coincidence.
The Real Housewives of New York 10:00 on Bravo! – The Bethany free 4th season begins tonight.
The Mentalist 10:00 on CBS – V’s Morena Baccarin guest stars as a formidable foe for Patrick Jane.
The Secret Diary of a Call Girl 10:30 on SHO – The American premiere of the ITV series’ 4th season.
Outsourced 10:30 on NBC – After tonight only three left till this hopefully dies.
If you’re wishing NBC’s sitcoms were new tonight, you’re not alone. Next weeks we’ll get Stephen Tobolowski on Community, April and Andy’s dinner party, Will Ferrell on the Office and the return of Tracy Jordan to TGS.