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Thursday on TV: Are Penny and Leonard renewing their romance on 'Big Bang Theory'?

Published January 19, 2012 10:48 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

In this week's installment of The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), Leonard unexpectedly invites Penny to a romantic dinner as they experiment with dating each other again in an episode titled "Beta Test."

Meanwhile, the ever-odd Raj develops a peculiar relationship with his phone's virtual assistant.

I don't care what anybody says. This show makes me laugh more than anything else on television.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Winter Wipeout (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Family members compete.

30 Rock (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Tracy is the star of an embarrassing viral video.

The Vampire Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Bonnie looks for an answer in her dreams.

American Idol (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Auditions continue.

Men's college basketball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Loyola Marymount at BYU

Project Runway: All Stars (7 p.m., Lifetime): The designers create cocktail dresses.

Rob (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Rosa wants to have a traditional wedding ceremony.

Parks and Recreation (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Leslie and Ben disagree over her campaign strategy.

Person of Interest (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Carter finally meets Reese and asks her to help with a case.

Grey's Anatomy (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Richard's 10,000th surgery is a liver transplant.

The Office (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Robert thows a pool party.

The Finder (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Walter searches for a bullet that could exonerate a prisoner on death row.

The Secret Circle (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Jake offers to help Cassie find out what happened to her father.

Up All Night (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Chris makes a new friend, and Reagan is jealous.

NBA (8:30 p.m., TNT): Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The son of a mob boss is murdered.

Private Practice (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A pregnant woman is badly beaten.

The Firm (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mitch defends a therapist who is accused of killing the guy who was stalking her.