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The Big Bang Theory Leonard and Sheldon (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons) hire the host (Bob Newhart) of their favorite childhood TV show to perform. 8 p.m. CBS

Community Abed (Danny Pudi) believes that destiny brought the study group together and tries to prove that their lives have been intertwined for some time, while Chang (Ken Jeong) plots to destroy the college for good in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC

The Vampire Diaries Damon and Stefan (Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley) take drastic measures to get Elena (Nina Dobrev) to turn her humanity back on. 8 p.m. KTLA

Wife Swap A laid-back mom switches places with a strict disciplinarian in the season finale. 8 p.m. ABC

American Idol David Cook performs in this new results episode. 8 p.m. Fox

The Office Andy (Ed Helms) wants to quit his job and pursue his dreams of stardom but, can he work up the courage? Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer star in this new episode. 8:30 p.m. NBC


Beauty and the Beast On the anniversary of her mother’s death, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) stumbles onto some information that indicates she may not be dead after all. Austin Basis also stars in this new episode. 9 p.m. KTLA

Parks and Recreation Leslie (Amy Poehler) celebrates her first anniversary on the city council. Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones and Nick Offerman also star in the season finale. 9:30 p.m. NBC

City Walk This new series celebrates the walkability of American cities. Featured in the premiere are Pasadena; Washington, D.C. and a park in Manhattan. 10 p.m. KCET

Men at Work Milo (Danny Masterson) wants to stop seeing Molly (Sarah Wright) but wants to end the relationship on good terms. 10 p.m. TBS

BrandX With Russell Brand The series ends its season. 11 p.m. FX


CBS This Morning Author Pepper Schwartz; Kal Penn. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Craig Robinson; Matt and Ted Lee. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA

Good Morning America Ben Kingsley; performance from “Matilda”; Liz Josefsberg; Adam Glassman. (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Rachael Ray Buddy Valastro; Kevin and Dani Jonas; co-host Regis Philbin. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL

Live With Kelly and Michael Ben Kingsley. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View Debi Gutierrez; Dr. Mehmet Oz; former Australian Vogue editor Kirstie Clements. (N) 10 a.m. KABC


The Wendy Williams Show Paris Hilton; DJ Armin van Buuren; Ben Lyons. (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Kathy Griffin; Natasha Bedingfield and Linda Perry perform. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

Anderson Live Food addiction; Norah O’Donnell. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV

The Doctors Hydrotherapy; keeping hair during chemotherapy; sleep positions. (N) 2 p.m. KCBS

The Dr. Oz Show A man loses more than 100 pounds using juice. (N) 2 p.m. KABC

Dr. Phil Former teen beauty queen Alicia Guastaferro (“Wife Swap”) tells of her arrest. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

Katie Paul Kevin Curtis tells of being falsely accused of and arrested for sending ricin-laced letters. (N) 3 p.m. KABC

The Ricki Lake Show Guests discuss breasts: Jackée; Tamra Barney; Finesse Mitchell; J-Roc; Stryker; Dr. Anthony Griffin. (N) 3 p.m. KTTV

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Chris Colfer; Alison Sweeney; Michael Bublé performs. (N) 4 p.m. KNBC

Tavis Smiley Ben Kingsley. (N) 11 p.m. KOCE

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

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Eric Greitens. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Chelsea Lately Ryan Lochte; James Davis; Fortune Feimster; Ryan Stout. (N) 11 p.m. E!

Conan Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Bob Saget. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

The Colbert Report Ben Kingsley. (N) 11:30 p.m. Comedy Central

The Tonight Show Matt Lauer; Jen Kirkman; AWOLNATION. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

Late Show With David Letterman Paris Hilton; Atlas Genius performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live Robert Downey Jr.; “Science Bob” Pflugfelder. (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

Late Night Zach Galifianakis; Isla Fisher; George Lois; Icona Pop performs; Too $hort. (N) 12:36 a.m. KNBC

The Late Late Show Pierce Brosnan; Tone Bell. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Last Call Michael Shannon; Josh Rushing; Foals perform. (N) 1:36 a.m. KNBC