“The Good Place,” 8:30 p.m., NBC.
At first, the
concept seemed simple: Eleanor (Kirsten Bell) was an anomaly, the
only flawed soul. Michael (Ted Danson) had created this afterlife for
the best people, then had included her via error.
Now we learn she's
not the only one. There's at least one more undeserving person, maybe
more, and their secret is tenuous. For comedy fans, this neatly fills
the void created by the temporary “Big Bang” move to Monday.
Starting Oct. 27, both gems will have new Thursday episodes.
“The Big Bang Theory” and “Kevin Can Wait,” 8-10 p.m., CBS.
Here's the only
Thursday this fall that doesn't have football on a broadcast
network. Tonight's game – Dolphins at Bengals – is only on the
NFL Network, leaving a void that CBS fills with reruns.
“Big Bang” has
two views of the Sheldon-Amy romance – a good one (they've split
and she's dating clumsy Dave) at 8 p.m. and a great one
(consummation, at last) at 9. The companion shows, however, are less
worthy. “Kevin” reruns its first episodes at 8:30 and 9:30; both
are fairly funny, but the second pushes the dolt-guy/sharp-wife
cliche to an extreme. The disappointing “Bull” pilot is at 10.
SHOULD-RECORD: Gene Wilder, 8 p.m to 4 a.m. ET, Turner Classic
A month after
Wilder's death (at 83), here's a chance to savor his career. That
includes Mel Brooks' hilarious “Young Frankenstein” (1974), at
9:15 p.m. ET; sandwiching that is a 2008 “Role Model” interviewe
with Alec Baldwin, at 8 and 11:15 p.m.
overnight. In “Start the Revolution Without Me” (1970) at 12:30
a.m., identical twins swap identities; in “The Frisco Kid” (1979)
at 2:15 a.m., he's a Polish rabbi in the Amertican frontier.
8 p.m., ABC. Last week's season-opener saw Alex's violent side
explode as he almost ended the surgery career of his victim, Andrew.
Now Meredith, who kept Alex's involvement secret for a while, has
divided loyalties Also, April recovers from her traumatic childbirth.
p.m., NBC. In the aftermath of the brief strike, a corporate official
will stay for a while, looking for possible improvements. Glenn wants
to seem like a tough boss and Amy tries (futiley) to have things go
smoothly. Also, Jonah tries to help Dina, after she betrayed her
p.m., Fox. The trouble with this murder victim is that he's listed on
a death certificate from years ago. Rosie and Villa try to determine
“Pitch,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. Last week's excellent season-opener introduced a young pitcher,
becoming the first woman in the major leagues. Now she faces fall-out
from a sexist comment that her manager (Dan Lauria) made about her,
years ago. Also, the star catcher (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, 42) adjusts
to the fact that his career might be fading and his marriage is
10 p.m., NBC. While Liz tries to decide if Alexander Kirk is
trustworthy, Red needs the team's help to track a bounty hunter who
may know Kirk's next move.
“How To Get Away
With Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC. As Annalise fights to keep her college
job, her students compete to defend a battered woman accused of
killing her husband.
10 p.m., FX, repeating at 11:02. This oddly fascinating show changes
wildly between episodes ... and within an episode. Last week's
terrific half-hour (with Lenny Kravitz) reruns at 10:31; first, an
interesting tale about being a middle-aged actress is joined by two
vignettes – a poignant one with a bag lady and a hilarious one with
a smoke detector.