“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Four decades ago, a
quirky little musical became a midnight-movie sensation. But can that
high-octane, audience-participation mood be captured on TV? Kenny
Ortega (“High School Musical”) tries hard, with original star Tim
Curry as narrator and with brief glimpses of a pretend movie
In the big
production numbers, Ortega stirs great fun. Otherwise, the zesty
music is paired with a so-so, shock-for-shock's-sake story. Laverne
Cox is OK in the lead; Adam Lambert has one great song and there's
strong work from Victoria Justice and Broadway's Reeve Carney and
II: “CMT Artists of the Year,” 9-10:30 p.m., CMT.
In a night stuffed
with starpower, CMT honors five acts that dominated country music
this year – Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Thomas
Rhett and Florida Georgia Line. There's also a “breakout” award
for Kelsea Ballerini and a career award for Shania Twain.
Others join, going
beyond country. Meghan Trainior, Jill Scott and Ballerini will sing
the Twain tribute. Swedish star Zara Larsson and Rhett will do a
mashup of his “Die a Happy Man” and her “Never Forget You.”
There's more, including Karen Fairchild and Bryan with their “Home
ALTERNATIVE: “Superstore” and “The Good Place,” 8 and 8:30
So far, these shows
– one pretty good, the other (“Good Place”) terrific – have
had Thursday comedy viewers to themselves. That ends soon: CBS'
comedies return next week; NBC takes over Thursday football on Nov.
17. So let's savor these shows while they're here and thriving.
it's dog-adoption day; also, new parents Cheyenne and Bo have a
fight, getting opposite advice from Amy and Glenn. On “Good Place,”
Eleanor – assigned to the nice afterlife due to bureaucratic error
– is still trying to learn from Chidi how to be good; she goes on a
journey with him.
(2015), 10 a.m. and 6:55 p.m., Starz. This true story offers a
powerful look at football brain damage and at the NFL's years of
denial. Will Smith is perfect as the quietly crusading doctor.
Football, 7:30 p.m.
ET preview and 8:30 p.m. game. For the last of its five Thursday
games, CBS has two classic (albeit struggling) teams. The Chicago
Bears, 1-5 after a last-minute home loss, visit the Green Bay
Packers, 3-2 with an uncharacteristically sputtering offense.
8 p.m., ABC. Meredith and Bailey have patients who need the same
liver trtansplant. Also, Owen needs help while babysitting and Amelia
struggles to tell him important news.
9 p.m., CW. Over the past couple episodes (starting with last
season's finale), we've met Mary, the guys' mother. Now she helps
Dean search for Sam, while a new problem emerges: Lucifer has taken
over the body of a rock star (played, of course, by Rick
“How to Get Away
With Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC. Details keep emerging about Frank's
troubled past. Also, there's a surprising twist in the mystery of the
“Annalise killer” flyers.
Blacklist,” 10 p.m., NBC. When Red takes action to stop Alexander
Kirk, Liz's loyalties are divided. Meanwhile, the team searches for a
killer who targets revolutionary inventors.
10 p.m., FX. This show has some episodes that are oddly entertaining
– including the one that reruns at 10:30 today – and others that
are merely odd. This is the latter type, involving Sam's reluctant
friendship with a Mormon mom. The result isn't quite a comedy or a