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Originally published Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:30 AM

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Thursday TV Picks: ‘The Assets’ on ABC

TV picks for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, include “The Assets” on ABC, “Parks and Recreation” on NBC and “Project Runway All Stars” on Lifetime.

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‘The Assets’

The show that is supposed to keep “Scandal” fans occupied until next month is a 1980s-set miniseries based on the book “Circle of Treason” by Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille. The story follows CIA agents Grimes (Jodie Whittaker) and Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) as they track down mole Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). 10 p.m. Thursday on ABC (

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Thursday

“The Spoils of Babylon,” 7 p.m. (IFC): Best-selling novelist Eric Jonrosh sets the stage for “The Spoils of Babylon,’’ his epic masterpiece of a family filled with lust, greed and plenty of drama; Jonas Morehouse digs for oil while his daughter and adopted son begin an affair.

“Parks and Recreation,” 8:30 p.m. (NBC): Leslie makes plans for her future with Ben as she comes to terms with her last day in office; Ann and Chris learn the sex of their baby; Chris returns from London.

“Midsomer Murders,” 9 p.m. (KCTS): The deaths of two heirs lead to long-lost family secrets.

“Project Runway All Stars,” 9 p.m. (Lifetime): The designers present collections inspired by their heritage at the world headquarters of the United Nations; the winner is chosen.

“Ground Floor,” 10 p.m. (TBS): Jenny takes a trip to Paris without Brody; Threepeat lies on his résumé and must learn fluent Mandarin in one day; Mansfield makes an announcement that could change everything.

“Elementary,” 10:01 p.m. (CBS): Holmes and Watson investigate the mafia’s connections to a dead body in a barrel; Sherlock tries to make things right with Detective Bell.

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