Thursday TV: ‘Unsupervised,’ ‘Idol’ in Pittsburgh

FX lucked out when it went into the animation business, presenting the funny “Archer” (FX, 10 p.m.), the spy caper that starts its third season with a star turn by Burt Reynolds tonight. To find a companion with it, however, they’ve come up with “Unsupervised” (FX, 10:30 p.m.).

From a couple of writers on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (but not the main ones) it follows a pair of horndog 15 year olds trying to navigate their way through puberty.

It’s pretty much “Beavis and Butt-head” with more self-doubt and eventually, an excess of sweetness. It’s got some things going for it, including an impressive roster of comics lending their voices and some of those weirdly details bits of background art like “King of the Hill” did.

Savannah auditions took two hours Wednesday; but tonight’s Pittsburgh auditions only take an hour on “American Idol” (Fox, 8 p.m..) to make way (and promote) the new series “The Finder” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

An even more exhausting set of auditions continues with the latest Republican Presidential Debate (CNN, 8 p.m.), from Charleston, moderated by John King.

The terrific series on the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, “Have You Heard from Johannesburg?” on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 9 p.m.).

Yet another new cooking show debuts, “Symon’s Suppers” (Cooking Channel, 9:30 p.m.) featuring Iron Chef Michael Symon.

Mugan Mullally pops up on yet another comedy, “Up All Night” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.).

If the shark hasn’t been jumped on the series already, Miss Piggy is the guest judge on “Project Runway All Stars” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.).

Ben creates a campaign ad for candidate Leslie Knope on ‘Parks and Recreation” (NBC, 8:30 p.m.).

Liz presents her new boyfriend – played by James Marsden – on “30 Rock” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

Pool party at Robert California’s home on a new episode of “The Office” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.) marks its 100th episode. Which sounds like a lot, but Richard performs his 10,000th surgery on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

Deena is very upset that Vinny appears to have left “Jersey Shore” (MTV, 10 p.m.). Then again, she’s very drunk.

There are reunions on both “The Vampire Diaries” (The CW, 8 p.m.) and “The Secret Circle” (The CW, 9 p.m.).

Cinematographer Jack Cardiff gets the spotlight tonight on Turner Classic Movies, with “Under Capricorn” (8 p.m.), “The Master of Ballantrae” (10:15 p.m.), “The Prince and the Showgirl” (midnight) and “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman” (2 a.m.), followed by the documentary “Cameraman: The Life and the Work of Jack Cardiff” (4:15 a.m.).

IN NBA action, it’s Lakers at Heat (TNT, 8 p.m.) and Mavericks at Jazz (TNT, 10:30 p.m.). In college hoops, it’s North Carolina at Virginia Tech (ESPN, 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Elizabeth Banks, Ewan McGregor, Dana Carvey. The View: Audra McDonald, Michael Symon. The Talk: Wayne Brady, Keri Glassman. Ellen DeGeneres: Rob Lowe, Adam Lambert. Wendy Williams: Ne-Yo, Nadya Suleman. Rosie O’Donnell: Kevin Hart.

Late Talk

David Letterman: Kathy Griffin, Joseph Arthur. Jay Leno: Wanda Sykes, Mark Cuban, David Nail. Jimmy Kimmel: Tom Arnold, Keke Palmer, Filter. Jimmy Fallon: Ewan McGregor, the Avett Brothers. Craig Ferguson: Steven Wright, Sara Paxton. Tavis Smiley: Sean Penn. Carson Daly: Cory A. Booker, Foster the People (rerun). Jon Stewart: Elizabeth Banks. Stephen Colbert: Carrie Rebora Barratt. Conan O’Brien: Gina Carano, Owen Smith. Chelsea Handler: Kate Beckinsale, Louis Virtel, Arden Myrin, Loni Love.

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