Thursday TV: Pauly D Goes Solo, New ‘Rules’

The “Jersey Shore” season and its reunion are over; here come the spin-offs.

The first of them is from a more northern shore: Johnson, R.I., home of Paul DelVecchio, better known to Pauly D.

In the new series, “The Pauly D Project” (MTV, 10:30 p.m.) Pauly and his Rhode Island entourage go to the clubs, where he DJs, and he picks up some jobs, eventually going to Las Vegas and the Britney Spears tour.

There doesn’t seem to be much suspense in store: Will he keep up his catch phrases? Will he pump his fist? Will he miss Vinny?

It comes with a retooled “Punk’d” (MTV, 10 p.m.) in which Justin Bieber steps in to punk Taylor Swift, making her think she sunk a boat and a wedding party (her expected reaction: surprise).

The early days of Yiddish Theatre are celebrated in “The Thomashefskys,” about the coupe who helped shape it on “Great Performances” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

A haunting portrait of a woman ravaged by Alzheimer’s is undercut by a lack of context or a talking head in Scott Kirschenbaum’s “You’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t” on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). It depicts the life of Lee Gorewitz at the Traditions Alzheimer’s & Other Dementia Care Unit in Danville, Calif., who can be charming and entertaining, but also can’t recall much of anything of her life.

Nicki Minaj and Scotty McCreery sing on “American Idol” (Fox, 8 p.m.) before another singer is eliminated. Then it’s time for another taste of “Touch” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

Stevie Nicks was the amusing mentor on “Idol” this week, and she wraps the week as guest star on “Up All Night” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.).

With “Braxton Family Values” (We, 9 p.m.) ending its season with a reunion, here comes another soulful family of sisters to watch – Erica and Tina Campbell, better known as “Mary Mary” (We, 10 p.m.). They have to juggle careers and families and apparently, a whole lot of wigs that make the two difficult to track through an episode. They look so different in each scene.

Leonard Nimoy speaks to Sheldon through a Dr. Spock action figure on “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

The first of a two part “Community” (NBC, 8 p.m.) concerns a sandwich shop. And John Goodman returns with a man-braid.

Why are we so lucky? Three new episodes of “American Stuffers” (Animal Planet, 8,9 and 10 p.m.).

“Rules of Engagement” (NBC, 8:30 p.m.) returns with an episode about a romantic scavenger hunt gone wrong.

The FBI is starting to wonder about the sudden crime-solving skills of the detective on “Awake” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Ashley Judd still hasn’t found her son on “Missing” (ABC, 8 p.m.). And if she does, they’ll have to change the name of the show.

Titled perhaps in the tradition of “Dumb & Dumber” is  the news report about the financial aspects of obesity, “Fat & Fatter” (CNBC, 9 p.m.)

Activity on the poles dominate Turner Classic Movies tonight: “Scott of the Antarctic” (8 p.m.), “Ice Station Zebra” (10 p.m.), “Dirigible” (12:45 a.m.), “The Viking” (2:30 a.m.) and ‘With Byrd at the South Pole” (3:45 a.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Channing Tatum, Anjelica Huston, Don Cheadle, Dan Abrams. The View: Tyler Perry, Abby Lee Miller, Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The Talk: Niecy Nash, Chris Young, Miranda Lambert. Ellen DeGeneres: Sofia Vergara, Big Time Rush (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Tracy Morgan, Jim Rome, cast of “Once.” Jay Leno: Piers Morgan, Liam Hemsworth, Mat Kearney. Jimmy Kimmel: Carson Daly, Kristen Schaal, Esperanza Spalding. Jimmy Fallon: Susan Sarandon, Adriana Lima, Patrizio. Craig Ferguson: Lisa Kudrow, “Weird Al” Yankovic (rerun). Carson Daly: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Josh Baze, the Naked and Famous. Jon Stewart: Rachel Maddow. Stephen Colbert: Peter Beinart. Conan O’Brien: Galactic. Chelsea Handler: Bethenny Frankel, John Caparulo, Liz Carey, Josh Wolf.

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