“Beauty and the Beast” finale, 9 p.m., CW.
This story never
really goes away, you know. For centuries, people have told of a
beautiful woman and beastly guy – why never the other way around?
-- who fall in love.
It was a fairy tale
that became a 1740 book. It's been 10 movies, with an 11th
(starring Emma Watson) next year. It's also been a Broadwaty musical,
a ballet and two TV series, the first with Linda Hamilton and Ron
Perlman. This one has Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan as Cat; to stop an
attack and rid the world of beastmakers, they may have to make an
II: “Superstore” (8-10 p.m.), NBC.
For five weeks, NBC
has the Thursday comedy audience to itself. Next week (alongside “The
Good Place”), “Superstore” starts its season; first, it has
four reruns from the fairly good first season.
That starts and ends
with Cheyenne, the pregnant teen-ager. At 8 p.m., a wedding sale
makes her despondent; at 9:30, she has the baby, but can't stop
working, because there's no maternity leave. In between, the workers
accidentally have an all-nighter at the store; also, when Jonah tries
to duck the amorous Dina, there are repercussions storewide.
ALTERNATIVE: Football, 8:30 p.m. ET CBS; or “Project Runway”
season-opener, 9 p.m., Lifetime (each with a preview an hour
Put these together
and we should have something for everyone. CBS starts its
five-Thursday football run with teams trying to bounce back from
opening losses. The Bills sputtered, getting only 11 first downs
while losing to the Ravens, 13-7; the Jets lost to the Bengals on a
last-minute field goal, 23-22.
“Runway,” starting its 15th season with familiar
people. Heidi Klum, the host, and Tim Gunn, the mentor, join judges
Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. They'll start with 16 designers, ranging
from Jenni Riccetti, 22, of San Francisco to Linda Marcus, 55, of
“How to Train Your
Dragon” (2010), 6-8 p.m., FXX. This likable cartoon adventure is
framed by more animation -- “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012)
at 4 p.m., “Simpsons” at 8 and “Archer” (now an Emmy-winner)
from midnight to 2 a.m.
8 and 9 p.m., ABC. A week before its new season begins, the show
reruns the final two hours of this season. Both center on Amelia
(Caterina Scorsone): In the first, she and Owen take their
relationship to the next level; in the second, Meredith and Maggie
help her on an important day.
p.m., Fox. In a rerun, a rich patient disappears, then is found dead.
The investigation brings surprises ... and forces Dr. Rosewood to
make a decision about the women in his life.
“Bones,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. Using a familiar TV technique, this rerun pretends to be a
documentary about the lab at work, with each character commenting to
“Time for School:
2003-2016,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Right now, we're
told, there are 58 million children out of school and 100 million who
won't finish primary school. Still, efforts by the UN haveimproved
the situation,. This ambitious film follows five kids in five
countries, from kindergarten to high school graduation. It's tough to
watch – especially when the white sub-titles are against light
backgrounds – but tells an important story.
“How To Get Away
With Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC. In a rerun of the season-finale, the
pressure finally gets to Annalise, who needs to escape. Also, Wes is
closer to knowing his own roots.
10 p.m., FX, rerunning at 11. Last week's quietly clever debut
(rerunning at 10:30) introduced a fictionalized version of Pamela
Adlon and her three daughters. This new hour starts and ends with new
takes on menstruation; in between, she comes home early and finds a