“Mat Franco's Got Magic,” 9-11 p.m., NBC.
After all the
“America's Got Talent” commotion, we're not sure what happens to
its people. One winner (Terry Fator) and one runner-up (Jackie
Evancho) have thrived, but what of the rest?
Now last year's
winner, magician Mat Franco, gets a shot. This special watches him
prepare his Las Vegas show. Guests are Neil Patrick Harris, Jason
Mraz, Penn & Teller and football's Rob Gronkowski.
II: “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” season finale, 10 p.m., FX.
This show's dark,
quirky humor has its highs (mostly) and lows, but one thing has
remained consistent: Elizabeth Gillies has been sensational,
potraying a passionate young rock star. Now the show wraps its season
with a superb song by her ... then adds a final, quirky plot twist.
Gillies plays the
daughter whom ex-rocker Johnny Rock (writer-producer Denis Leary)
never knew. She became the singer in his band and the lover of its
guitarist (John Corbett). Now, with the drummer and bass player going
rogue, they try to patch things up. The result brings good wit and
ALTERNATIVE: Football, 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS, with pre-game at 7:30.
For the next seven
weeks, this is the look of CBS' Thursdays: The regular shows are gone
-- “Big Bang Theory” to Mondays, the others resting – and
football takes over. Jim Nance and Phil Simms are calling the games,
which are simulcast on cable's NFL Network.
That starts with
division rivals – the Denver Broncos (12-4 during the regular
season last year) at the Kansas City Chiefs (9-7). Both won their
openers, but Denver's Peyton Manning had a rough day.
Unhinged in Hollywood,” 8 p.m., NBC. After years of cable success,
the ventriloquist has a network special, with Brad Paisley, Chris
Parnell and Chuck Lidell as guests.
8 p.m., ABC. A week before its strong Thursday season begins, ABC
wisely reruns last year's season-finales. This one finds the widowed
Meredith surrounded by others' crises: Will Richard and Catherine
call off their wedding? Will Jackson and April, shattered by their
child's death, split? And will Bailey get the chief-of-surgery job
she had assumed would be hers?
“Roast of Donald
Trump,” 8:30-10 p.m., Comedy Central. On the night after the
Republican debate, we get this 2011 special, filled with harsh (but
often funny) zingers. It may be the only time a future presidential
candidate was mocked by Snoop Dogg, Larry King and Mike “The
p.m., ABC. How packed was this season-finale? It included the
culmination of Mellie's senatorial campaign, plus a major change in
the romantic triangle with her husband (the president) and Olivia –
yet neither dominates the hour. There's also a mass murder, a firing
... and a plan to finally dispose of Olivia's dad Rowan (also known
as Eli), who has led a fierce CIA organization.
“How to Get Away
With Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC. Yes, this season-finale rerun finally
said who killed Lila and who ordered it. But it threw in another
murder and lots of questions for the new season.
p.m., FX. Feeling terribly safe and predictable, Lina is looking
forward to visiting her old college campus. As she puts it, in a
fairly good episode, she'll be partying like it's 1997.
10 p.m., VH1. Here are the fifth annual awards for the best in
Internet shows. Tyler Oakley and Grace Helbig – both among the 10
Entertainer of the Year nominees – host, with music by Hailee
Steinfeld, Future, OMI, Sir Mix-A-Lot and A Great Big World.