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Remote Possibilities: 'Office,' 'Scandal'

A few things to watch (or feed your DVR) on Thursday.

Remote Possibilities: 'Office,' 'Scandal'

Guillermo Diaz and Kerry Washington in a scene from Thursday´s "Scandal" on ABC
Guillermo Diaz and Kerry Washington in a scene from Thursday's "Scandal" on ABC Ron Tom/ABC

With the advent of May sweeps  -- which, yes, don't always wait for May -- you probably don't need help finding something to watch Thursday, because almost everything on the broadcast networks is new, with the exception of an 8:30 p.m. rerun of NBC's "The Office," which will be followed at 9 by a new one that includes another appearance by Roseanne Barr as Andy's new agent.

But "Scandal" addicts -- you know who you are -- may be particularly happy to learn that the reruns are over and that Thursday's episode (10 p.m., 6 ABC) will feature a highly charged scene between Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), who can't seem to remember that he's supposed to be the president of the United States, not just Olivia's stalker. Oh, and we're also going to learn more about Huck (Guillermo Diaz). So there's that.

Can we pause here for a moment to admire the way "Scandal" has managed to reverse Olivia and Fitz's roles in the hospital scene? Because it seems like just a few months ago that he was in the bed and she was the one visiting him. Come to think of it, a lot of things in "Scandal" seem to happen in that hospital. (See clip below.)

A couple of other things to note about Thursday's schedule:

-- "Project Runway" (9 p.m., Lifetime) Designer Michael Kors, missing from "Runway" all season, returns as guest judge for the finale. Oh, and there's a fashion show, following by someone winning  a car and some money.

-- "Hannibal" (10 p.m., NBC 10). The tasteless food-related title for this episode is "Coquilles," but I'm more interested in the latest way Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) finds to worm his way into the lives of the FBI agents' lives. If it weren't for the cannibalism thing, he'd be the perfect TV therapist.

 

 

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