Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Thursday

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The Office 9 p.m., Channel 7

NBC decided not to move forward with the Dwight Schrute spinoff series, “The Farm.” Still haunted by “Joey”? But the network is airing the pilot as a one-off, in case you’re wondering what a Dwight series would have looked like. Set at the Schrute family’s beet farm and bed and breakfast, the pilot features Dwight’s stoner brother Jeb (Thomas Middleditch, left), his cousin Zeke (Matt Jones), his Nazi grandfather (Tom Bower), and his lefty sister Fannie (Majandra Delfino). Rainn Wilson (right, as Dwight) wrote the episode with Paul Lieberstein, the “Office” writer-producer who plays Toby.

Parks and Recreation 8:30 p.m., Channel 7


This show was a baby of “The Office” — a mockumentary-style workplace comedy — but it quickly came into its own. “Parks and Recreation” is a much warmer show; the characters are more like misfits than weirdos. On Thursday, Leslie wants to help a local video store stay in business with a bailout, which is great because it is owned by Jason Schwartzman. Now that “Bored to Death” is off the air, and we’re between Wes Anderson movies, there is a shortage of the actor out there. Pictured (from left): Mara Marini, Schwartzman, and Amy Poehler.

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Best Funeral Ever 9 p.m., DFH

Thank you, TV. You exceed my greatest expectations.

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 11:35 p.m., Channel 7

The guy who plays the guy who plays James Franco.


Nathan for You 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

But no soup.

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