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Thursday's TV highlights

February 02, 2012

SERIES

The Big Bang Theory: Leonard starts to reconsider his friendship with Sheldon in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS).

30 Rock: Liz (Tina Fey) borrows some strategies from Jack (Alec Baldwin) in negotiating her contract in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC).

American Idol: Singers in St. Louis audition in a new episode that features Madonna's new music video (8 p.m. Fox).

The Office: Jim (John Krasinski) is back from jury duty, and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) hounds him for information about every detail of the case. Angela Kinsey, Jack Coleman, Jenna Fischer and Ed Helms also star in this new episode (9 p.m. NBC).

I Just Want My Pants Back: This new comedy series follows a young Brooklynite (Peter Vack), who has a one-night stand with a woman who steals his heart and his pants (11 p.m. MTV).

SPECIALS

Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippie: This new special documents how Steve Jobs took Apple from a suburban garage to a major global corporation (7 and 10 p.m. CNBC).

The Two Million Year Old Boy: After a 9-year-old boy make one of the greatest fossil finds of all time, a scientist challenges the field of paleoanthropology to revisit the story of how we became human in this new special (8 p.m. National Geographic).

MOVIES

Brooklyn Boheme: Writer, producer and historian Nelson George ("America Gangster") wrote and co-directed this 2011 documentary revisiting the African American arts movement that came out of Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood in the mid-1980s, which launched the careers of Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Erykah Badu and others (8:30 p.m. Showtime).

SPORTS

College basketball: Duke at Virginia Tech (4 p.m. ESPN); UCLA at Washington (6 p.m. ESPN); Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount (7:30 p.m. FS Prime); Gonzaga at BYU (8 p.m. ESPN2); Arizona at California (8 p.m. FSN).

Pro basketball: The Denver Nuggets visit the Clippers (7:30 p.m. TNT).

Women's basketball: Stanford at Arizona State (6 p.m. FSN).

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