TV highlights: ‘Parks and Rec’ to a new time and a ‘Project Runway All Stars’ finale


PARKS AND RECREATION: In a new timeslot, the show returns with big decisions and news for almost every castmember. (Colleen Hayes/NBC)
January 8

Dean Pelton, Jeff and Annie search for an anonymous bandit who drops coins down unsuspecting people’s pants (because that makes sense) on the latest “Community” (NBC at 8 p.m.), but when the bandit confesses, Jeff doesn’t believe the story.

For television that doesn’t involve coin-dropping bandits, turn to “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS at 8) where Penny is in hot pursuit of an acting career while Sheldon is forced to take a vacation from lab work.

In its new Thursday night time slot, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC at 8:30) has Leslie facing a big decision on her future in politics. Meanwhile, Chris and Ann learn the sex of their child and Tom considers his next business venture.

As part of their film series, CNN televises “Sole Survivor” (9), a documentary that explores the complex emotional aftermath experienced by survivors of major aviation disasters. The film in part follows George Lamson Jr.’s journey after he was the only survivor of Galaxy Airlines Flight 203, which crashed near Reno, Nev. in 1985.

“Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel at 9) examines the story of wax sculptor Madame Marie Tussaud and the history of WD-40, along with a black-and-white negative that captures part of what may be a monumentally sinister moment in history.

FINALE WATCH: In the season finale of “Project Runway All Stars” (Lifetime at 9), the designers showcase their collections at a runway show at the United Nations headquarters. Gayle King and designer Zac Posen are guest judges.

The couples are at odds on “Parenthood” (NBC at 10) with Hank questioning Sarah on a new job and Jasmine upset at Crosby for inviting Oliver to live with them while the band is experiencing problems.

SERIES PREMIERE: The six-part spoof series “The Spoils of Babylon” (IFC at 10) is a parody of the “epic miniseries” genre starring Tobey Maguire, Will Ferrell, Jessica Alba, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment and more.

Television host Anderson Cooper stops by “The Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35) with musician Will Hoge.

Actress Leslie Mann is on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35) with comedian David Koechner and a musical performance from Vince Gill and special guest Paul Franklin.

Comedic actors Kristen Wiig and Nick Kroll come to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with musical guest Lord Huron.

— Rachel Lubitz

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