Thursday's TV Highlights: 'The Big Bang Theory' on CBS

Thursday's TV Highlights: 'The Big Bang Theory' on CBS
A famous podcaster (Wil Wheaton) invites Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) to appear on his show in a new episode of "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS. (Sonja Flemming / CBS)

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The Big Bang Theory Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) is invited to appear on Wil Wheaton's (himself) podcast, and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) isn't happy about it. Also, Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) meets the half brother (Matt Bennett) he never knew he had. 8 p.m. CBS

The Odd Couple Felix's (Thomas Lennon) doctor (Erinn Hayes) becomes Oscar's (Matthew Perry) latest love interest, which sends Felix's hypochondria to go into overdrive in this new episode. 8:30 p.m. CBS

Backstrom The team investigates a sex surrogate's death in this new episode. Rainn Wilson and Dennis Haysbert star with guest stars John Fleck and Ann Cusack. 9 p.m. Fox

Beat Bobby Flay Broadway actor David Burtka — who's married to Neil Patrick Harris — teams up with follow chef Alex Guarnaschelli in this new episode. 10 p.m. Food

The Comedians Billy Crystal and Josh Gad are paired together for a sketch show within the show in this new series. 10 p.m. FX

Olympus Oracle and Hero (Sonya Cassidy, Tom York) ally with Daedalus (Matt Frewer), a brilliant inventor, and embark on a quest to find Hero's birthright, the Ring of the Magi. 10 p.m. Syfy

Lip Sync Battle Anne Hathaway competes against Emily Blunt in this new episode. 10 p.m. Spike

Dig Det. Cohen (Ori Pfeffer) arrests Emma's suspected killer, but Peter (Jason Isaacs) makes a discovery so startling that it makes him doubt everything he thought he knew. 10 p.m. USA

Louie Louie (Louis C.K.) goes to a pot luck dinner in the comedy's season premiere. 10:33 p.m. FX


CBS This Morning Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); sportscaster Jim Nantz. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Billy Crystal; Mariel Hemingway; Blues Traveler and Hanson perform; Alan Alda; Scott Eastwood. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

Good Morning America TV host Tom Bergeron; deals and steals; LeCrae performs. (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Sutton Foster ("Younger"); eliminated "American Idol" contestant; Brittany Snow ("Dial A Prayer"). (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Live With Kelly and Michael Edie Falco; Scott Eastwood; Johnnyswim performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The Doctors A formerly obese man discusses how he lost 225 pounds without surgery; combating obesity. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL

The Talk Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash; Tyler Oakley; Aida Mollenkamp. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

Rachael Ray Dr. Ian Smith. (N) 1 p.m. KABC

The Meredith Vieira Show Hilary Swank; three people share their weight loss stories. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC

The Dr. Oz Show Avril Lavigne's health; Lori Greiner ("Shark Tank"). (N) 2 p.m. KTTV

Dr. Phil (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

Steve Harvey Chef Fabio Viviani. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Bette Midler; Bethenny Frankel ("The Real Housewives of New York City"); Jill Soloway. (N) 4 p.m. KNBC

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbé "Fashioning Fat." (N) 5:30 p.m. KOCE

Tavis Smiley Daina Ramey Berry; Eric Walther; Allyson Hobbs. (N) 11 p.m. KOCE

Charlie Rose (N) 11 p.m. KVCR; 11:30 p.m. KOCE; 1 a.m. KLCS

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Conan Amy Schumer; Kenny Smith; Joe Zimmerman. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore (N) 11:30 p.m. Comedy Central

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; Madonna performs. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

Jimmy Kimmel Live Liam Neeson. 11:35 p.m. KABC

Late Show With David Letterman Courtney Love. 11:50 p.m. KCBS

Late Night With Seth Meyers Taraji P. Henson; Carice Van Houten; Keith Alberstadt. (N) 12:36 a.m. KNBC

Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m. KABC