What to Watch Today

Downton Abbey and Good Place Specials, First Wives Club Premiere, Phil Hartman and More

Downton Abbey NBC Special

On TV this Thursday: NBC tees up the Downton Abbey movie, ABC reflects on The Last Days of Phil Hartman and BET+ launches its First Wives Club reboot. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • BET+ (new streaming service)

    Series premiere (first three episodes, then weekly): From EP Will Packer comes this half-hour comedy about a single black woman in East Atlanta whose life is upended by the random death of a college acquaintance; Tanisha Long (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Angell Conwell (Y&R) and Tristen Winger (Insecure) star.

  • BET+ (new streaming service)
    First Wives Club

    Series premiere (all 10 episodes): This lonnnng-gestating reboot stars Jill Scott (Black Lightning), Ryan Michelle Bathe (This Is Us) and Michelle Buteau (Enlisted) as women who form a united front after all of their marriages fall apart.

  • CBS All Access
    Why Women Kill

    Beth Ann and Rob throw a housewarming party; Simone and Karl have dinner with Amy’s future in-laws; Taylor reveals a dark truth about Eli.

  • NBC
    Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event

    60 minutes: Derek Hough interviews the cast at England’s historic Highclere Castle, and offers an inside look at Friday’s theatrical follow-up. (Get movie scoop; watch trailer.)

  • The CW
    The Outpost

    Garret runs into Talon, who is now a Prime Order captive; a devastating weapon is revealed. (Get CW fall premiere dates.)

  • NFLN
    Thursday Night Football

    The Tennessee Titans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. (The first Fox broadcast of the season airs next Thursday, when the Eagles face the Packers.)

  • ABC
    The Last Days of Phil Hartman

    Two hours: This special includes a never-before-seen interview with the beloved SNL alum, who was fatally shot by his wife, Brynn, before she died by suicide in 1998; also featured is an exclusive sit-down with Hartman’s brother-in-law, Gregory Omdahl.

  • NBC
    The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place

    60 minutes: Cast members Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, D’Arcy Carden and series creator Michael Schur reflect on the first three seasons ahead of (sniff!) the final season opener. (Get exclusive scoop!)

  • The CW
    Two Sentence Horror Stories

    Season 1 finale (60 minutes): A Chinese mother tries to keep her daughter home; a good Samaritan picks up a hitchhiker; a biohacker taps into more than just the Internet. (Not yet renewed.)

  • FX
    Mr Inbetween

    “Ray solves problems but under no circumstances does he answer questions,” according to this week’s logline.


    NEXT THURSDAY: A Million Little Things, The Good Place, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Law & Order: SVU, Mom, Superstore, Thursday Night Football and Young Sheldon return, plus the series premieres of Carol’s Second Act, Creepshow, Evil, Perfect Harmony, Sunnyside and The Unicorn.