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Thursday TV Picks: 'Missing' with Ashley Judd on ABC

TV Picks for Thursday, March 29, 2012, include "Missing" on ABC; "30 Rock" on NBC; and "The Secret Circle" on the CW.

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Poor Sean Bean. Last year he didn't make it through a full season on the HBO fantasy series "Game of Thrones." In this new ABC thriller he didn't last the first five minutes of the pilot. Ashley Judd plays a resourceful, butt-kicking, former CIA agent and mother trying to find her missing son in this mix of "24" and the "Bourne" movies. Oh, and Sean Bean? He played Judd's husband. And who knows, he may be back for some flashbacks here and there. 8 p.m. Thursday on ABC (

Doug Knoop,

Seattle Times staff or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Thursday

"Ice Station Zebra" (1968), 7 p.m. (TCM): A U.S. submarine commander races Russians to a North Pole weather station to recover a Soviet spy satellite.

"American Idol," 8 p.m. (Fox): The contestants face elimination; performances by Nicki Minaj and Scotty McCreery.

"30 Rock," 8:30 p.m. (NBC): Jack works to come up with an idea that will transform KableTown; Liz tries to stick to her new hobby; Jenna thinks she is cursed; Hazel obsesses over Liz.

"The Secret Circle," 9 p.m. (CW): An old witch hunter acquaintance of Jake's shows up with a message for Blackwell; Cassie learns what Eben is planning; Diana worries that her secret is putting a wall between her and Grant; Faye and Melissa make a deal with Adam.

"Sand Wars," 9 p.m. (Travel): Teams go through timed rounds, turning sand into a castle, a giant human head and a rocket creation.

"The Mentalist," 10 p.m. (CBS): While investigating a casino employee's murder, Jane encounters a magician he used to tour with and learns he is hiding something.

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