What to Watch Tonight

American Crime and DIG Debut, Scandal and More

On TV this Thursday: American Crime and DIG investigate gruesome murders, Fantasy Factory ends by helping those less fortunate, Octavia Spencer returns to Mom a changed woman and Portlandia joins Vanessa Bayer for a horrifying trip to the post office. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:

  • CBS
    The Big Bang Theory

    Amy learns Sheldon has applied for a one-way mission to Mars; Leonard surprises Penny with an “adult” purchase; Raj is caught snooping in Emily’s apartment.

  • ABC
    Scandal

    The White House deals with its problematic veep as a D.C. tragedy gains national attention.

  • NBC
    The Blacklist

    Red gets entangled in a perilous game with a rich and dangerous family, while Tom prepares for his next mission.

  • Fox
    Backstrom

    While investigating a pipeline explosion, Backstrom is reunited with his father (Robert Forster, Last Man Standing); Amy pays Backstrom a late-night visit.

  • CBS
    Mom

    Bonnie and Christy are surprised by how prison has changed Regina (returning guest star Octavia Spencer).

  • ABC
    American Crime

    Series premiere: The home invasion-turned-murder of a war vet plagues the lives of nine individuals, some of whom are prime suspects. Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Timothy Hutton (Leverage), W. Earl Brown (Chicago Fire), Richard Cabral (Southland), Caitlin Gerard (Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous), Benito Martinez (House of Cards) and Penelope Ann Miller (Men of a Certain Age) star.

  • USA Network
    DIG

    Series premiere: FBI agent Peter Connelly (Jason Isaacs, Awake) becomes enmeshed in an international mystery when a young American is killed in Jerusalem. Anne Heche (Save Me), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Regina Taylor (The Unit), Alison Sudol (Transparent), David Costabile (Breaking Bad) and Richard E. Grant (Downton Abbey) co-star.

  • CBS
    Elementary

    Holmes is implicated in the murder of a woman from his drug-addled past, forcing him to question everything he thought he knew.

  • IFC
    Portlandia

    Jamie (SNL‘s Vanessa Bayer) learns a terrifying truth about post offices. Musician Paul Simon and Jeff Goldblum (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) guest-star.

  • MTV
    Fantasy Factory

    Series finale: Rob and the gang help create a magical experience for a group of visiting Make-A-Wish kids.