On TV this Thursday: Bette Midler returns as Murphy Brown‘s former secretary, Legacies welcomes a Vampire Diaries alum and Sue Heck wanders into Cloud 9. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern:
What to Watch Today
Middle Child Applies at Superstore, Murphy vs. Bette and More
Tell Me a Story
Time slot premiere (releasing episodes weekly): In Episode 2, Jordan helps the police track down one of the robbers involved in the jewelry heist; Kayla attempts to keep her distance from Nick. (Read premiere recap.)
Catherine turns to Meredith and Koracick for a “highly confidential consult” (hmm…); a pregnant nurse collapses while talking to Richard.
The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon spends time with his mother-in-law (Kathy Bates), while Howard bonds with Mr. Fowler (Teller); Raj and Anu struggle with intimacy.
A quirky applicant (played by The Middle‘s Eden Sher) is determined to work at Cloud 9; Amy discovers that she doesn’t have maternity leave.
The Good Place
Eleanor becomes fixated on the philosophy of determinism after Michael reveals her forgotten past with Chidi.
Baroness von Sketch Show
Season 3 premiere (two episodes): Sketches involve second thoughts in the delivery room, the impact of incorrect spelling and tips on preserving an open bottle of wine.
Hope, Lizzie, Josie and MG are forced to take part in a community service project; Vampire Diaries vet Steven R. McQueen reprises his role as Jeremy Gilbert.
When Jim receives a lifetime achievement award at a gala, Murphy’s worst-ever secretary (Bette Midler) is among the attendees; John Larroquette (Night Court) also guest-stars.
Star Trek: Short Treks
In the second installment, titled “Calypso,” a new character named Craft (Underground‘s Aldis Hodge) wakes up aboard a deserted ship, where his only companion is an A.I. interface.
Law & Order: SVU
In an episode directed by Chicago Fire alum Monica Raymund, a waitress is sexually assaulted at an after-hours party; Luke Kirby (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Genevieve Angelson (Good Girls Revolt) and Jacob Pitts (Sneaky Pete) guest-star.