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Thursday on TV

The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., Ch. 2): The guys become concerned when Sheldon searches for an alternative to human companionship.

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (7 p.m., Ch. 4): Fred Astaire narrarates this 1970 holiday classic.

Community (7 p.m., Ch. 5): Abed talks to a fellow sci-fi nerd.

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Natalie Cole and David McCullough (7 p.m., Ch. 7): 2009 Christmas special.

Bones (7 p.m., Ch. 13): Brennan and Booth investigate a crime scene where a human carcass has melted to the dashboard of a charred truck.

The Vampire Diaries (7 p.m., Ch. 30): Caroline makes a terrifying discovery.

30 Rock (7:30 p.m., Ch. 5): Jack thinks Liz should see a therapist when she worries that Carol is getting bored.

CSI (8 p.m., Ch. 2): The team uncovers evidence that could link a boy's death to an old, recently resurfaced case.

Grey's Anatomy (8 p.m., Ch. 4): Derek takes Cristina on a fishing trip.

The Office (8 p.m., Ch. 5): Michael decides he must stop China before it takes over the United States.

Fringe (8 p.m., Ch. 13): Peter struggles to cope with recent events.

Nikita (8 p.m., Ch. 30): Owen and Nikita try to help a CIA agent after he is framed for an assassination in Chile.

Outsourced (8:30 p.m., Ch. 5): Todd gets homesick until learning that he can watch his favorite football team's game.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., Ch. 2): The team investigates the murder of an arrogant chef during a cooking competition.

Private Practice (9 p.m., Ch. 4): Cooper gets bad news about Charlotte's sexual assault case.

The Apprentice (9 p.m., Ch. 5): The two finalists are chosen.