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Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Thursday

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The Office 9 p.m., NBC

The staff anticipates the premiere of the documentary, a plot line that makes me giddy with meta-tude. Also, this hourlong penultimate episode features Clay Aiken, Mark McGrath, and Santigold – which must be because Andy is auditioning for “The Next Great A Cappella Sensation.” By the way, there have been unconfirmed rumors that Steve Carell will be among the returning stars, including Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak, featured in next week’s long awaited – too long awaited – series finale.

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Glee 9 p.m., Fox

Patty Duke (left) hasn’t been doing an awful lot of TV lately, but tonight she turns up on “Glee.” She and Meredith Baxter (right) play a lesbian couple who’ve been together for 25 years. The episode has them advising Blaine, who is trying to decide whether to propose to on-and-off boyfriend Kurt. They become his mentors, telling him about how the world has changed for LGBT people. So “Glee”!

Daily Show With Jon Stewart 11 p.m., Comedy Central

Let’s explore David Sedaris with howls – of laughter.

The Late Show With David Letterman 11:35 p.m., CBS

#Cumby.

Wipeout 8 p.m., ABC

In the season 6 premiere, the Octopushy. Schedule me for a massage.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.

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