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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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"The Transporter Malfunction" -- Penny buys Leonard and Sheldon (Jim Parsons, left) "Star Trek" collectibles as a thank-you, leading Sheldon to be haunted by Mr. Spock, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, March 29 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. "Star Trek" legend Leonard Nimoy (right) voices Mr. Spock. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS √?¬©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Thursday on TV: Look out, "Community" — "Big Bang Theory" is back!

NBC and fans of Community (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5) are feeling pretty good about themselves right now. Since the show returned from hiatus a couple of weeks ago, the ratings have been up.

Like the rest of NBC's Thursday lineup, it's nowhere near actual hit territory. But 4.9 million viewers is better than 3.6 million.

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However ... The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) hasn't aired the past couple of weeks. It was pre-empted by the NCAA basketball tournament. It will be interesting to see how "Community" fares against a new episode of "Big Bang" this week.

And this week's "Big Bang Theory" episode features none other than Leonard Nimoy. Well, the voice of Leonard Nimoy. Because Sheldon is convinced he's hearing the voice of the original Mr. Spock.

Meanwhile, on "Community," Britta, Pierce and Shirley try to shut down a sandwich shop that just opened in the cafeteria.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Missing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Becca's friend complicates her search for her son.

American Idol (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Another contestant is eliminated.

Vampire Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Damon and Stefan set out to destroy Klaus.

Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Cal State-Northridge at BYU

Rules of Engagement (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Jeff plans a romantic scavenger hunt.

Person of Interest (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The latest person of interest is leading a double life.

Touch (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Martin discovers a homeless man has the same obsession with numbers that Jake has.

Secret Circle (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): A witch hunter appears, bringing a message.

Up All Night (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Reagan and Ava try to get Stevie Nicks on the show.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Jane runs into an old magician friend while investigating a murder.

Awake (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Michael is on the trail of a serial killer - and an FBI agent thinks Michael is the killer.



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