On TV this Thursday: The Blacklist, Big Bang and The Good Place return, Bradley Whitford stops by Mom, ABC revisits the Menendez Brothers saga and Nashville kicks off its CMT run. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:
Blacklist and Nashville Return, Mom West Wings It, Viola Davis Visits the Actors Studio and More
New time slot alert: The winner of a taste challenge is promised blenders and, for some reason, a trapeze lesson. The chefs also prep meals for a charity event (to benefit those injured on trapezes?).
Inside the Actors Studio
Viola Davis discusses her many career achievements, her new film Fences and the casting of Cicely Tyson as her mother on How to Get Away With Murder.
The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon and Amy return from visiting Mary (recurring guest star Laurie Metcalf), recounting every awful detail from their Texas trip. (Get scoop.)
The Good Place
Eleanor learns something about herself; Michael leaves an important decision in Chidi’s hands; Jianyu makes an announcement. (Also tonight: New episodes of Superstore and Chicago Med.)
Season 5 premiere (two episodes): News about Juliette rattles Nashville; Rayna embarks on a journey of discovery; Scarlett finds it difficult to trust Gunnar; Will catches the eye of a fashion icon. (Get scoop.)
Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers - American Sons, American Murders
In this two-hour documentary chronicling the original “trial of the century,” Lyle Menendez speaks about what he remembers from the night he and brother Erik killed their parents. (Watch trailer.)
West Wing reunion alert! Bradley Whitford is reunited with Allison Janney, playing one of Adam’s hard-partying pals; Nicole Sullivan (King of Queens) also guest-stars. (Also tonight: New episodes of The Great Indoors, Life in Pieces and Pure Genius.)
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Repeat to Revisit: In this February 2011 episode, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher discuss Fisher’s battle with mental health issues, and later, sing a duet. (Watch Bright Lights trailer.)
Season 7 premiere: Fred and Carrie meet with a storytelling expert; a traveler checks into an usual hotel; the weirdos come across a home and bedding store.