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Originally published Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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Thursday TV Picks: NBC's '30 Rock' returns for its last season

TV picks for Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, include "30 Rock" on NBC; "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS; and "Project Runway" on Lifetime.

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'30 Rock'

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and company return for their final season of funny goings-on backstage at the "TGS" variety show. Welcome back, gang. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC (

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Also on Thursday

"High School Football," 7 p.m. (ROOT): Curtis at Spanaway Lake (Live).

"The Big Bang Theory," 8 p.m. (CBS): Sheldon tries to intervene when he learns that Penny is thinking about breaking up with Leonard; Howard is picked on.

"The Next," 8 p.m. (CW): The five remaining finalists compete; the winner is announced.

"Project Runway," 9 p.m. (Lifetime): The designers are taken to a magnificent location to inspire their creation of avant-garde looks.

"Scandal," 10 p.m. (ABC): Olivia and her team must do some heavy lifting — literally — to clean up the mess after a public figure is caught in a compromising position; Cyrus and Fitz must deal with a foreign-policy emergency.

"Jersey Shore," 10 p.m. (MTV): The gang returns to the shore for the last time; Mike shares about his recovery; Snooki deals with being pregnant in a party house; Deena struggles with her long-distance relationship; Snooki makes an announcement.

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