Here are selected primetime tv program highlights for the New York Metro area on Thursday, September 29, 2011;
8 P.M. (HBO) THE LATINO LIST Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the photographer and the director of three editions of “The Black List” on HBO, presents video portraits of Latinos who have contributed to contemporary society in music, science, journalism, theater, literature, business and government. Maria Hinojosa of NPR interviews the subjects, including the singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan and her husband, the producer Emilio Estefan; the actors America Ferrera, John Leguizamo and Eva Longoria; the writer Sandra Cisneros; José Moreno Hernández, a former NASA astronaut; Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, who became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the combat support field of the United States Army; Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey; and the Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, above.
8 P.M. (WCBS) THE BIG BANG THEORY Leonard (Johnny Galecki) accompanies Amy (Mayim Bialik) to a wedding as her date, while Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) spend the weekend with Mrs. Wolowitz (Carol Ann Susi).
8 P.M. (WNBC) COMMUNITY Chang (Ken Jeong) takes delight in his new job as a campus security officer; Britta (Gillian Jacobs) is overcome by an urge to commit civil disobedience after a friend is taken hostage abroad; and Annie (Alison Brie) asks the study group to help her defeat her new frenemy, Annie Kim (Irene Choi), in a model United Nations competition.
8 P.M. (WABC) CHARLIE’S ANGELS The Angels — Kate Prince (Annie Ilonzeh), Eve French (Minka Kelly) and Abby Sampson (Rachael Taylor) — go undercover to investigate the disappearance of a young fashion model.
8 P.M. (WPIX CW) THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Stefan (Paul Wesley) travels to Chicago — with Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrov) close behind — to rejoin a vampire who was in love with him years earlier.
9 P.M. (WABC) GREY’S ANATOMY The chief (James Pickens Jr.) makes a career-altering decision as the fifth-year residents perform their first solo surgeries.
9 P.M. (WCBS) PERSON OF INTEREST Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) start to question the Machine after it leads them to a teenager who was killed two years earlier.
9 P.M. (WNBC) THE OFFICE Robert California (James Spader), Dunder Mifflin’s chief executive, challenges the office to double its sales, leading Andy (Ed Helms), the new manager, to promise the impossible.
9:30 P.M. (WNET) MASTERPIECE MYSTERY Miss Marple, Series IV: A Pocket Full of Rye. When Miss Marple learns of the deaths of businessman Rex Fortescue (Kennetth Cranham, Valkyrie), his young wife, Adele, and their housemaid, Gladys, the circumstances vividly recall the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” Since Miss Marple had trained Gladys herself, she has a personal reason to investigate. Will her reasoning and deduction make sense of the rhyme and at last reveal the culprit?
10 P.M. (WCBS) THE MENTALIST Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), reinstated as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation, must work with a new team to find out who killed a well-liked personal trainer.
10 P.M. (FX) IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA Frank (Danny DeVito) worries that people will get the wrong idea when he goes into the child beauty-pageant business.
10 P.M. (WNBC) PRIME SUSPECT Jane (Maria Bello) joins Duffy (Brian F. O’Byrne) on a homicide and kidnapping case at the request of Sweeney (Aidan Quinn) and immediately causes problems by suggesting they interview the dead woman’s employees.