TV highlights for Thursday, Oct. 27, 2010: Jessica Simpson on 'Project Runway' finale

IN STYLE: Guest judge Jessica Simpson, left, joins Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and host Heidi Klum for the "Project Runway" finale.
IN STYLE: Guest judge Jessica Simpson, left, joins Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and host Heidi Klum for the "Project Runway" finale. (Barbara Nitke/lifetime Television)

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Thursday, October 28, 2010


Old friends return in the animated Halloween special "Scared Shrekless" (NBC at 8 p.m.), as Mike Myers reprises the voice of the famous ogre Shrek, who brings all his pals to celebrate Halloween by telling scary stories and hanging out in a haunted castle.

In other cartoon Halloween news, Shrek goes up against the classic "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (ABC at 8).

The gang on "The Vampire Diaries" (CW at 8) gets ready to attend a masquerade ball, but Stefan and Damon try to make sure that Katherine doesn't ruin the event. Unfortunately, Katherine has an unexpected plan in the works to surprise everyone.

Get ready for more zombies! A few students on "Community" (NBC at 8:30) accidentally eat an unusual substance that makes them act zombie-fied, and ready to terrorize the campus.

A film crew follows the doctors and patients on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC at 9) around the hospital six months after the shooting, as everyone who went through the terrifying incident reunites for the first time, including guest star Mandy Moore.

With a cash prize and fashion spread up for grabs, the final three designers on the "Project Runway" (Lifetime at 9) season finale show off their collections, and try to impress the judges, including a guest judge, singer Jessica Simpson.

Reality series "The Police Women of Dallas" (TLC at 9) kicks off in the latest city in the franchise, following five female officers working hard in the Dallas Police Department.

Jim and Pam have gotten a bit dull since they're now happily married with a baby -- but last week, Pam's ex-fling (a super-hot salesman played by guest star Timothy Olyphant) showed up to make things delightfully awkward. The uncomfortable situation continues Thursday night on "The Office" (NBC at 9).

"Rescued: The Chilean Mine Story" (Discovery at 10) talks to the miners and their families when they were reunited after the rescue and looks at the three drilling machines and technical experts who aided the rescue mission.

New series "Fairy Jobmother" (Lifetime at 11) begins as a tough-love career specialist, Hayley Taylor, tries to help families who have been struggling with long-term unemployment to revise their financial habits. First up: a young couple on welfare.

Actor Will Ferrell stops by "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35), along with musical guest Kid Cudi and musician Slash.

"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC at 11:35) hosts actor Denzel Washington, meterologist Reed Timmer and singer Corinne Bailey Rae.

-- Emily Yahr

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