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Thursday TV Picks: 'Community' returns to NBC

TV Picks for Thursday, March 15, 2012, include "Community" on NBC; the new "Missing" on ABC; and "American Idol" on Fox.

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Like that other sitcom about a collection of oddballs that returned to television recently ("Cougar Town"), this community college-set comedy has been sorely missed. But now there's an Oscar-winner in the group. Jim Rash, who plays really odd Dean Pelton, won the award for the screenplay of "The Descendants"). This new episode involves a sandwich shop on campus. 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC (

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Also on Thursday

"MLB Preseason Baseball," 7 p.m. (ROOT): San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners. (Live).

"Missing," 8 p.m. (ABC): When 18-year-old Michael Winstone goes missing while studying abroad, his mother, former CIA operative Becca, suspects foul play and immediately travels to Europe to track him down.

"American Idol," 8 p.m. (Fox): The contestants face elimination.

"Mary of Scotland" (1936), 8:45 p.m. (TCM): Queen Elizabeth I jails Queen Mary for 18 years, then puts her to death.

"The Secret Circle," 9 p.m. (CW): Cassie confides in Adam after she catches Blackwell (Joe Lando) sneaking around; Faye is taken aback when she meets a woman who claims to be Lee's girlfriend; Melissa introduces Diana to a new guy in town.

"Project Runway All Stars," 9 p.m. (Lifetime): The three finalists have four days to create a signature collection for a red carpet runway show.

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