“The Great Indoors,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
After a solid start
in the ratings, “Indoors” got word this week that it's been
extended for the full 22-episode season. That's good news for
viewers, because this is a slick, sharp show.
Yes, it covers a
subject – millennials-vs.-their-elders – that is prone to
stereotypes. Still, “Indoors” has been fresh and clever, while
poking fun of both sides. Last week, Jack (Joel McHale) was aghast at
a young colleague's micro-apartment; he eventually admitted he keeps
his stuff in a storage space. Tonight, people visit it ... learn a
secret about his love life ... and plan a '90s party with his stuff.
Football, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC, with preview at 7:30.
Now it's NBC's turn
for the Thursday games. That means “Superstore,” “The Good
Place,” “Chicago Med” and “The Blacklist” will be shelved
for a while; comedy fans will stick to CBS.
Tonight's game had
sounded like a winner when it was scheduled – Cam Newton and the
Carolina Panthers (17-1 before last year's Super Bowl) hosting Drew
Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Alas, both teams are having grim
seasons. Last week, both blew fourth-quarter leads, via two fumbles
(the Saints, now 4-5) and two interceptions (the Panthers, now 3-6).
ALTERNATIVE: “Soundbreaking,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local
Back in 1935, Gibson
quietly listed an electric guitar. Most people ignored it, but
Charlie Christian perfected it; John Hammond, the producer/talent
scout, insisted that Benny Goodman hear him. Soon, Goodman's
all-white, New York band had a black guitarist from Oklahoma.
The rock era brought
an electrical revolution, with ever-bigger speakers. “It was like
an arms race,” recalls Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. This
terrific hour views the people who brought giant changes with guitars
(especially Jimi Hendrix) and more (Giorgio Moroder, Hans Zimmer,
ALTERNATIVE II: “Home & Family” Christmas special, 6-8 p.m,
The season gets an
extra-early nudge, when the daytime show has its (almost) primetime
special. Amy Grant (who has her first Christmas album in 20 years)
and “Voice” winner Jordan Smith will sing separately and
together; Andra Day will also do two songs from her new holiday CD.
There will also be
cooking, by Fabio Vivani and co-host Debbie Matenopoulos. She and
co-host Mark Steines will introduce a “Nutcracker” dance and a
light show and will talk to actors – Danica McKellar, Rachel
Boston, Dylan Neal, Sophia Lucia – about upcoming Christmas movies.
“The Hunger Games”
(2012) and its sequel (2013), 4:30 and 8 p.m., Freeform. Here are the
first pieces of the four-movie tale, with Jennifer Lawrence facing
8 p.m., ABC. Feeling that he'll be going to jail now for his brutal
assault, Alex makes a big decision. Meanwhile, the hospital is
overrun after a building collapses.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Now that the NBC sitcoms are resting, TV's
best comedy can top even its usual high ratings. Tonight, a geologist
has won a MacArthur grant, often known as the “genius award”;
Sheldon – who sees no genius in geology – is upset. Also,
real-life genius Stephen Hawking is back; it's his sixth time on the
show, two of them voice-only.
“Mom,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. Roscoe is 12 now and staying at his dad's place a lot. When he's
caught smoking pot there, his mother and grandmother (Christy and
Bonnie) fear he has a drug problem.
9-10:30 p.m., Lifetime. A helicopter ride over New York is supposed
to inspire the designers to create something with the look a
high-fashion magazine would like.
“Life in Pieces,”
9:30 p.m., CBS. Earlier, Heather took over the receptionist job at
her husband's medical office; others loved the change, but he
secretly hated it ... and now wants to fire her. Also, the family
obsesses on Lark's first birthday ... John, a retired pilot, wants to
break his granddaughter's fear of flying ... and Matt notices Colleen
is turned on if he copies her frugal ways.
“How to Get Away
With Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC. This is the show's “fall finale,” a
time when it tends to wrap up a story, One question ABC promises to
answer: Who, exactly, is the body under the sheet?