Thursday’s TV Highlights: ‘Mom’ on CBS

Allison Janney, left, and Anna Faris.
Allison Janney, left, and Anna Faris in “Mom” on CBS.
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The Big Bang Theory A couple of Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) prime interests merge when Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is invited to appear at a Comic-Con event for her performance in the “Serial Ape-ist.”  Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons also star. 8 p.m. CBS

Superstore In this new Halloween episode Dina (Lauren Ash) investigates a theft and won’t let the staff leave the store, interrupting their holiday plans. Nico Santos, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman and Nichole Bloom also star. 8 p.m. NBC

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Shocked to discover that he has powers himself, Nate (Nick Zano) accidentally lands himself and Ray (Brandon Routh) in feudal Japan. 8 p.m. KTLA

Grey’s Anatomy Under pressure from Catherine Avery (guest star Debbie Allen), Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is forced to make a decision about Alex (Justin Chambers). Ellen Pompeo, Kevin McKidd and James Pickens Jr. also star in this new episode of the medical drama. 8 p.m. ABC


Rosewood A man who comes into Magic City Lab and asks to pay in advance for his own autopsy then turns up dead the next day. Morris Chestnut, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Lorraine Toussaint and Domenick Lombardozzi star in this new episode. 8 p.m. Fox

The Good Place Michael and Eleanor (Ted Danson, Kristen Bell) have a private meeting in which he puts her to a test. William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, Jameela Jamil and D’Arcy Carden also star. 8:30 p.m. NBC

The Great Indoors Joel McHale (“Community”) stars as an outdoor-magazine journalist who has to bring his adventurous spirit inside when the publication goes digital and he supervises a staff of young journalists. Stephen Fry plays the magazine’s founder and Susannah Fielding as  the owner’s daughter. Christopher Mintz-Plasse also stars. 8:30 p.m. CBS

Chicago Med Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) must break the news to the parents of a young cancer patient that her condition is far more serious than she realized.  9 p.m. NBC


Supernatural When a crying infant leads to a death in a creepy abandoned house, the Winchester brothers (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) investigate, while Castiel and Crowley (Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard) team up to hunt for Lucifer (guest star Rick Springfield). 9 p.m. KTLA

Notorious Jake (Daniel Sunjata) learns a disturbing secret about his ex-lover after their affair is splashed all over live TV. Piper Perabo also stars with guest stars Adam Rayner and Missi Pyle. 9 p.m. ABC

Pitch Blip (Mo McRae) and his teammates get apprehensive as rumors start to swirl that he’s about to be traded, and Oscar (Mark Consuelos) tries to figure out how best to work with Charlie Graham (guest star Kevin Connolly, “Entourage”), interim president of operations. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Ali Larter also star 9 p.m. Fox

The Living and the Dead Former “Merlin” star Colin Morgan stars in this new Halloween week binge-a-thon, a six-part 2016 thriller airing in its entirety through the early morning hours. Charlotte Spencer, Nicholas Woodeson and Elizabeth Berrington also star. 9, 10:15 and 11:30 p.m.; 12:45, 2 and 3:15 a.m. BBC America

Project Runway The designers visit Universal Studios Orlando for inspiration. 9 p.m. Lifetime

Mom Bonnie (Allison Janney) is thrilled when Adam (William Fichtner, now a series regular) returns to the States and temporarily moves in with her and Christy (Anna Faris), but his non-sober lifestyle puts a strain on their relationship. Jaime Pressly and Mimi Kennedy also star in the season premiere. 9 p.m. CBS

Life in Pieces In the Season 2 premiere, Heather and Tim (Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl) urge Clementine’s (Hunter King) parents (guest stars Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman) to help get her marriage to Tyler (Niall Cunningham) annulled. 9:30 p.m. CBS

Pure Genius A billionaire (Augustus Prew) founds and funds an ultra-modern hospital designed to marry medicine and technology. The series premiere introduces Dermot Mulroney as the self-styled surgeon who becomes the Bunker Hill Hospital’s chief of staff, with medical-show veterans Odette Annable (“House”) and Reshma Shetty (“Royal Pains”) in the ensemble cast. 10 p.m. CBS


The Blacklist Red and Liz (James Spader, Megan Boone) see what appears to be an opportunity to take down Alexander Kirk’s (recurring guest star Ulrich Thomsen) operation. 10 p.m. NBC

I Love Kellie Pickler Kellie dusts off her old Sonic Drive-In uniform and shows up at work to prove she can still do the job in this new episode of the unscripted series. 10 p.m. CMT

Project Runway: Fashion Startup This new episode features a pitch for accessories that can help bring clean drinking water to Central America. Tommy Hilfiger mentors an entrepreneur. 10:30 p.m. Lifetime


Korla This 2014 documentary tells the story of Korla Pandit, a Los Angeles TV star and musician in the early 1950s, who was born African American but, with the help of his wife, who worked for the Disney effects department, transformed his look to a turbaned musician from India. 7 p.m. KOCE



CBS This Morning Educator Margaret Spellings. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Priscilla Presley on the Guest House at Graceland; Beth Stern; Frank Fontana. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA

Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Mark Consuelos (“Pitch”); David Bowie photos: photographer Terry O’Neill; Ross Matthews. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Live With Kelly Uzo Aduba; Daniel Sunjata; Joel McHale. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View Nathan Lane, John Goodman and John Slattery. (N) 10 a.m. KABC

Rachael Ray Phil Collins. (N) 10 a.m. KCAL

The Doctors A young woman with a painful genetic condition; a middle schooler calls a clown to kill the teacher. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL

The Wendy Williams Show Eva Longoria. (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Dermot Mulroney; Augustus Prew; Piers Morgan. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

The Dr. Oz Show Low-calorie chips; pumpkin spice. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV

Steve Harvey Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”); the O’Jays perform; author Greg McKeown (“Essentialism”). (N) 2 p.m. KNBC

The Real Hip-hop artist Jeezy; Phaedra Parks. (N) 2 p.m. KTTV

Dr. Phil Charges have been dismissed against the man convicted of killing D.C. intern Chandra Levy in 2001. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Miley Cyrus (“The Voice”); viral video stars Lyric and Melody Hurd. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC

Harry Robin Roberts (“Good Morning America”). (N) 4 p.m. KTTV; 9 p.m. KCOP

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbé Early women voters; Debbie Allen’s “Freeze Frame.” (N) 5:30 p.m. KOCE

Tavis Smiley UCLA professor Richard J. Jackson; Jeremy Irons. (N) 11 p.m. KOCE

Charlie Rose (N) 11 p.m. KVCR; 11:30 p.m. KOCE; 1 a.m. KLCS

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Hip-hop artist, Jeezy. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Conan Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”); Chris Martin performs. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Martin Short and Steve Martin; Ruth Negga; Common performs. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Mary-Louise Parker; rapper Pusha T; the Record Company. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live Miles Teller; Robert Pflugfelder, a.k.a. Science Bob; Alessia Cara. (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

The Late Late Show With James Corden Andrew Garfield; January Jones; LL Cool J. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Late Night With Seth Meyers Joel Edgerton; Evan Rachel Wood; Ina Garten. (N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC

Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m. KABC

Last Call With Carson Daly Gretchen Mol; DJ Shadow performs; Samuel Barnett. (N) 1:38 a.m. KNBC

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