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What to Watch on Thursday: Crime on "Community," "Burn Notice" returns

Vampire Diaries (8pm, CW) - Katherine's past is explored in 1490 Bulgaria, and Damon tries to uncover the real purpose of the mysterious moonstone.

Community (8pm, NBC) - Everyone is a suspect when Annie's favorite pen goes missing, so the group lock themselves in until the thief is found. Jeff heads up the investigation but Abed and Troy (left) aren't as invested in the mystery because they want to go to a nearby puppy parade.

30 Rock (8:30pm, NBC) - Jack manipulates a congressional election to help a candidate (John Slattery, "Mad Men"), thereby leveraging an advantage for the network. Meanwhile, a perfect pair of new jeans gives Liz confidence.

Grey's Anatomy (9pm, ABC) - The surgeons work to save a dying Middle East political figure amid tightened security at the hospital. Also, Alex makes a bad first impression on a new pediatrics attending (Peter MacNicol) and Cristina decides to decorate her new place and throw a housewarming party.

The First 48 (9pm, A&E) - Detectives in the terrifying crime mecca of Charlotte, North Carolina, investigate the murder of a man who was shot behind his girlfriend's house. Charlotte is one of the cities regularly featured in the current season of "The First 48."

Burn Notice (10pm, USA) - In the midseason return, Michael (right) tries to prevent a bombing arranged by a lawyer out for revenge against a local gang. Elsewhere, Michael and Jesse must track down a highly sensitive document that has been stolen.

What to Watch on Thursday: Hilary Duff turns Abed into a "mean girl"

Vampire Diaries (8pm, CW) - Elena is abducted by a masked stranger at the masquerade ball, and Stefan and Damon learn surprising information about vampires in the distant past. Meanwhile, Jeremy helps Bonnie after she cast an exhausting spell, and Caroline tries to make life easier for Tyler now that he is werewolf.

Community (8pm, NBC) - Abed becomes a "mean girl" to the delight of Britta, Shirley, and Annie, whose encounter with a cruel classmate (Hilary Duff) leaves them reeling. Elsewhere, Jeff and Troy find a hidden trampoline, which provides the duo a spiritual enlightenment. The change in their personalities doesn't go unnoticed, and Pierce becomes determined to learn their secret.

Fringe (9pm, Fox) - A security breach in the parallel universe attracts the Fringe Division's attention after a man frees his twin brother from a quarantined amber area. Meanwhile, Secretary Bishop observes the effects of sensory deprivation on Olivia, who continues to have visions of Peter.

The Fairy Jobmother (9pm, Lifetime) - Hayley helps an unemployed pair with four children who lost their home to Hurricane Katrina.

Private Practice (10pm, ABC) - The doctors come to Charlotte's aid when she's found bloodied and bruised in a hospital hallway after she's attacked by a deranged man (Nicholas Brendon) in the ER.

Oriental's Kevin Williamson returns with "The Vampire Diaries"

 

 

There's lots of pretty faces on the new, tonight at 8, "Vampire Diaries", (it's the CW, after all) but it's the name behind the show that matters most.

That name is Kevin Williamson, the show's co-creator and one of its main writers, who is from Oriental (near New Bern), the son of a fisherman.

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