The Big Bang Theory Enlists Stephen Hawking, and Other TV to Rage About Tonight

Stephen Hawking and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory

Welcome to Thursday, April 5th!  Your round of weekly TV continues as tonight The Big Bang Theory brings out yet another high-profile guest star as Sheldon tries to secure a meeting with legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, while ABC premieres their new drama Missing.

Did you check out the series finale of One Tree Hill last night, or the latest live battles from American Idol?  Read on, for your guide to how to kick off your Thursday right!

Time to set your DVRs, plan out your weeks, and curl up at night with the best shows on your favorite night of the week for TV, and TVRage has your guide to everything you need to watch tonight!


American Idol - "Top 7 Results" - The finalists face elimination, while The Wanted perform and Jennifer Lopez debuts her new video.   FOX, 8:00 - 9:00pm, ET

The Big Bang Theory - "The Hawking Excitation" - Wolowitz works with famous scientist Dr. Stephen Hawking, while Sheldon agrees to do anything in exchange for a meeting.   CBS, 8:00 - 8:31pm, ET

Community - "Pillows and Blankets (Part 2)" - Picking up from last week, a disagreement about Abed's pillows and Troy's blanket forts puts the friends at odds and becomes a war on campus, while Jeff tries to negotiate a truce.   NBC, 8:00 - 8:30pm, ET

Missing - "Tell Me No Lies" - Keith Carradine guests as Becca's CIA mentor, who helps search for Paul's assassin, and Michael receives a severe warning.   ABC, 8:00 - 9:00pm, ET

30 Rock - "Nothing Left to Lose" - Pete's self-evaluation spurs Jack to take him on as a project, while Tracy discovers he likes Liz's smell, and Kenneth helps Jenna with a revenge effort.   NBC, 8:30 - 9:00pm, ET

Rules of Engagement - "A Big Bust" - Audrey raises funds to help her maid get an operation, but then learns she misunderstood why the money was needed.   CBS, 8:31 - 9:00pm, ET

Grey's Anatomy - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" - An escaped lion puts lives and relationships in danger, while Teddy comes to terms with Henry's death and Callie asks Arizona about her past.   ABC, 9:00 - 10:01pm, ET

Person of Interest - "Flesh and Blood" - The machine names the dons of New York crime families, while Reese and Finch suspect Elias might be targeting his competition.   CBS, 9:00 - 10:00pm, ET

Touch - "Kite Strings" - Martin meets a man who shares history with his late wife, a couple that runs an instrument repair business works with an Iraqi band, and a teenage fan wants to share his talent with a U.S. Soldier.   FOX, 9:00 - 10:00pm, ET

Up All Night- "Hey Jealousy" - Chris finds himself jealous when Reagan starts working more closely with Luke, while Ava hires a trainer (Fred Armisen) to help her compete with a rival (Megan Mullally).   NBC, 9:30 - 10:00pm, ET

Awake - "That's Not My Penguin" - A hostage situation leads to Detective Britten collaboratig with Dr. Lee, while Bird is concerned with Britten's lack of sleep.   NBC, 10:00 - 11:00pm, ET

The Mentalist- "Something's Rotten in Redmund" - Jane and the team try to find the killer of a well-liked teacher; Cho and Summer hide their relationship; a special delivery arrives for Rigsby.   CBS, 8:00 - 9:00pm, ET

Scandal - "Pilot" - When a young lawyer starts a new job at a crisis management firm, she must deal with an accusation against the nation's president on her first day.   ABC, 10:01 - 11:00pm, ET

What will YOU be watching tonight?