"Good Morning America" (ABC at 7 a.m.) follows President Obama to a speech in Cleveland, where "GMA" co-anchor George Stephanopoulos sits down with the president for an interview.
As football tradition goes (at least since 2004), the Super Bowl winning team starts the season with a Thursday night "NFL Kickoff," which airs on NBC at 7:30 p.m. But before the champion New Orleans Saints take on the Minnesota Vikings, the evening's musical entertainment includes performances from Taylor Swift and the Dave Matthews Band.
Season 2 of "The Vampire Diaries" (CW at 8) picks up where it left off in the finale, as Elena discovers what happened to Jeremy and Uncle John; meanwhile, Caroline's fate is still up in the air after a car accident, and Damon deals with Katherine's return.
New series "Nikita" -- about a spy out for revenge on her previous handlers, and who manages to do the impossible by flawlessly battling bad guys while wearing a bikini -- premieres on the CW at 9 p.m. In his review Wednesday, The Post's Hank Stuever said that while series star Maggie Q "is all smolder and muscle and seems firmly in control of the show's momentum . . . 'Nikita' takes too seriously its own steeliness and, therefore, becomes too laughably slick."
Leading up to this weekend's tragic anniversary, two-hour special "9/11 State of Emergency" (History at 9) looks back at the most important decisions made on Sept. 11, 2001, and has interviews with former officials.
"Rookie Blue" (ABC at 9) wraps things up for the first season with a two-hour finale, as the very nervous rookie cops find out whether they actually passed evaluations and can move on to the next level.
Though the latest "Real Housewives of D.C." (Bravo at 9) outing to the Salahi vineyard hasn't gone well so far, the drama continues to worsen when Michaele and Tareq get in a fight with Mary about an incident that may have involved Mary's daughter. Right after the episode at 10 p.m., Bravo's Andy Cohen returns with the latest installment of "Watch What Happens: Live," in which he grills D.C. cast member Stacie Turner about all the issues, and also talks to "Real Housewives of New Jersey's" Teresa Giudice.
On "Project Runway" (Lifetime at 9), Michael Kors challenges the designers to create fashionable clothes for a resort atmosphere that will impress the latest guest judge, actress Kristen Bell.
The series debut of "Beast Legends" (Syfy at 10), the science-fiction-themed network's latest reality show, tries to track down the truth behind famous mythical creatures, starting with a sea monster.
Animal expert Jack Hanna stops by "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35), and country artist Jamey Johnson performs.
"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC at 11:35) hosts news anchor Katie Couric, former football player and current "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Kurt Warner and singer David Gray.
-- Emily Yahr