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Thursday TV Picks: ‘Freakshow’ on AMC

TV picks for Thursday, March 21, 2013, include “Freakshow” on AMC, “The Vampire Diaries” on The CW and “Glee” on Fox.

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Question: What series has a cast that includes a sword swallower, a body-modification artist, “The Tallest American” and a shock artist? That would be this new “unscripted” series that chronicles the not-so-typical family business, The Venice Beach Freakshow, led by Todd and Danielle Ray and their kids. 9:30 p.m. Thursday on AMC (

Also on Thursday

2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament, 6:30 p.m. (CBS): “Akron vs. Virginia Commonwealth” — Second round. From Auburn Hills, Mich. (Live)

“The Vampire Diaries,” 8 p.m. (CW): Realizing that Elena needs time away, Damon takes her to New York; Rebekah is impressed with Elena’s secret agenda; Bonnie tries to maintain her grasp on reality.

“1600 Penn,” 8:30 p.m. (NBC): After discovering that Skip can graduate from college if he completes just one more assignment, Emily vows to do whatever it takes to help him receive his diploma; Becca tries to make her voice heard after her ideas fall flat at a committee meeting.

“Glee,” 9 p.m. (Fox): The glee club performs songs that they are embarrassed to admit to liking.

“Project Runway,” 9 p.m. (Lifetime): The designers must create spring looks worthy of appearing in the windows of Lord & Taylor; tension rises among some of the design teams.

“Scandal,” 10:02 p.m. (ABC): Fitz’s pick for Supreme Court justice is caught in an affair with Olivia’s new high-powered client (Lisa Edelstein); Olivia and Jake continue to flirt.

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