“Superstore,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC.
Next week, NBC gets
its turn with the Thursday football games. Going on the shelf,
temporarily, are “The Good Place,” “Blacklist,” “Chicago
Med” and this above-average comedy.
“Good Place” --
which has already had nine episodes – steps aside tonight, so
“Superstore” can air two holiday episodes. First, the store
hires seasonal employees, many of them inept and one of them Amy's
husband. Then it's time for the big post-Thanksgiving rush ... except
that the employees come down with food poisoning. This panics Amy
(America Ferrera), who thinks it's morning sickness.
II: “Pitch,” 9 p.m., Fox.
The real baseball
season has ended (quite spectacularly) on Fox, but the fictional one
remains interesting. Now it visits a tough moment for an older star –
moving to a less-demanding position.
That's happened to
many veterans, from Ernie Banks (shortstop to first base) to Joe
Mauer (catcher to first). Now a new catcher has been brought up from
the minors and Mike (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, 42) goes to first.
Meanwhile, the general manager (Mark Consuelos) and public-relations
person (Ali Larter) scramble to combat the latest scandal involving
Ginny, the first female major-leaguer.
ALTERNATIVE: “Better Things,” 10 p.m., FX, rerunning at 11:05.
This first season
has been odd and varied and intermittently brilliant. Now it
concludes with all of that and more. The opening is upsetting, the
closing is quietly moving, the rest is an intriguing jumble.
produces and co-writes (with Louis C.K.) the show and also directs
this episode. She also stars as someone a lot like her – a divorced
actress (voice work, mostly) with three daughters and a widowed
mother. Tonight, her life is a scrambled blur as usual – then takes
a serious turn that is faced silently. We emerge with only a feeling
that people differ and “Better Things” is oddly fascinating.
8 p.m., ABC. Here's one of those episodes that'a filled with
flashbacks to pivotal moments” A difficult surgery stirs memories
for Meredith, Richard, Owen and Stephanie.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a terrific episode last week, Sheldon
accepted the fact that Amy had been lying about her apartment, so
they can live together. Now he comes up with another
relationship-changing twist. Also, Raj won't tell what his new
girlfriend does for a living.
“Rio” (2011), 8
p.m., Nickelodeon. This animated delight leads some fun 8 p.m.
movies. Others are “Clueless” (1995) on CMT, “Mean Girls”
(2004) on E and “Crazy, Stupid Love” (2011) on Oxygen.
Indoors,” 8:30, CBS. Jack (Joel McHale) is used to the sprawling,
outdoor life. Now, while looking for his own place in the city, he's
crashing in Clark's micro-apartment.
“Mom,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. When she catches her boyfriend puffing pot before sex, Bonnie
(Allison Janney) fears that she's no longer attractive.
“Chicago Med,” 9
p.m., NBC. In its final episode for a while, the patients range from
a convict to two feuding brothers, one of whom desperately needs a
10 p.m., NBC. Wrapping up the first phase of its season, “Blacklist”
concludes the two-part story about a plastic surgeon for crooks.
Also, Liz frets about the desperate Alexander Kirk.
“How to Get Away
With Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC. As tension among her students hits a
peak, Annalise takes a surprising client.