Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Vikings' on History Channel

Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Vikings' on History Channel
"Vikings" returns for its third season on History Channel. With Travis Fimmel. (Jonathan Hession / History Channel)

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The Big Bang Theory The guys are excited over the reopening of the comic book store, but a shocking development for Wolowitz and Bernadette (Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch) derails their celebration. Nathan Fillion ("Firefly") guest stars in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS

The Slap The situation escalates as the police pay Harry (Zachary Quinto) a visit and a flared temper gets in the way of an apology in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC

American Idol After performances at the House of Blues, the judges complete the roster of the top 24 contestants. 8 p.m. Fox

QI It's not really a quiz show and isn't quite a talk show. It's just a bunch of really smart and funny Brits having a good, entertaining time. Stephen Fry hosts the first three new episodes. 8, 8:40 and 9:20 p.m. BBC America

The Odd Couple The classic Neil Simon story of slob Oscar and neatnik Felix — college roommates boarding together again after their respective marriages end — gets a new series workout with the premiere of this update. Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon star. With Leslie Bibb and Yvette Nicole Brown. 8:30 p.m. CBS

Two and a Half Men Details of the comedy's hourlong series finale have been kept under wraps. Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher and Conchata Ferrell star. 9 p.m. CBS

Backstrom A teenager kidnapped by an online predator closely resembles the victim in a case that went unsolved when Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) handled it years earlier in this new episode. 9 p.m. Fox

Elementary Murder victims have envelopes filled with cash left with them, and Holmes and Watson (Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu) eventually connect the killings to wrongful-death payments. Alicia Witt ("Justified") and Michael Cumpsty ("Boardwalk Empire") guest star in this new episode. 10 p.m. CBS

Vikings The action-packed historical drama returns for its third season with Ragnar and Lagertha's (Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick) fleets departing Kattegat once more. Linus Roache also stars. 10 p.m. History


CBS This Morning Buster Posey. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Larry Wilmore; Chinese New Year; Zachary Quinto. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

Good Morning America Countdown to the Oscars. (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Yvette Nicole Brown ("The Odd Couple"); author Cynthia Bond ("Ruby"); Page Kennedy ("Backstrom"). (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Live With Kelly and Michael Matthew Perry ("The Odd Couple"); Mae Whitman ("The Duff"). (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View Padma Lakshmi; Larry Wilmore; Hall & Oates perform. (N) 10 a.m. KABC

The Doctors A young woman whose ex-boyfriend stabbed her tells her story. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL

Wendy Williams Evan Ross ("All the Wilderness"). (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon; Terrence Jenkins. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

Rachael Ray Marcia Gay Harden ("Fifty Shades of Grey"). (N) 1 p.m. KABC

The Queen Latifah Show Kevin Nealon; Jon Secada. (N) 2 p.m. KCBS

The Meredith Vieira Show Wayne Brady. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC

The Dr. Oz Show A woman who was not aware she was pregnant wakes up in a hospital after delivering a baby. (N) 2 p.m. KTTV

Dr. Phil A woman refuses to let her ex see their three children. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

The Real Jazmine Sullivan; Mama Mai. (N) 3 p.m. KTTV

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Kerry Washington ("Scandal"); Noah Ritter. (N) 4 p.m. KNBC

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbé Transgender violence; women CEOs; black women engineers. (N) 5:30 p.m. KOCE

Tavis Smiley Marian Wright Edelman; Melissa Manchester. (N) 11 p.m. KOCE

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

The Daily Show Patricia Arquette. 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Conan The cast of "Hot Tub Time Machine 2"; mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Martin Short; Ruth Wilson; Walk the Moon performs. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

Late Show With David Letterman Don Cheadle; Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson; Mikky Ekko. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live Kelly Ripa; Joshua Malina; Gorgon City with Jennifer Hudson. (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

Late Night With Seth Meyers Mae Whitman; Carolina Herrera. (N) 12:36 a.m. KNBC

The Late Late Show Lauren Graham; Ray Romano; Busy Philipps; Tom Papa. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Last Call With Carson Daly Mike Epps; Hundred Waters perform; Irvine Welsh. (N) 1:37 a.m. KNBC