Thursday TV: ‘Better Things’ Ends Season

better-things-season-2It’s been a difficult time for Pamela Adlon of “Better Things” (FX, 10 p.m.) — largely because of what we’ve learned about her mentor and producer Louis C.K. Still, true to the character she plays on TV, she rises above all adversity on the second season finale of her top notch season; it will be back for season three.

Jessica Alba is guest judge for the 16th season Fashion Week finale of “Project Runway” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.).

Once more the insult comic takes his skills to a trouble spot, this time it’s “Jeff Ross Roasts the Border: Live from Brownsville, Texas” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.).

ABC’s entire Thursday night slot have their final episodes before a winter break. On “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.), the computer is hacked; there’s a revelation about Olivia on “Scandal” (ABC, 9 p.m.); and on “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC, 10 p.m.), a revelation about one of Isaac’s patients threatens Annalise’s sobriety.

Not an R-rated version of the musical, “Hot Grease” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) is actually a documentary about uses for kitchen grease.

Michael Angarano plays a love interest for Christy on “Mom” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

“Arrow” (The CW, 9 p.m.) fights Dragon, a tech thief.

Sherilyn Fenn of “Twin Peaks” is guest star on “S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

“Young Sheldon” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) discovers comic books.

Old Sheldon, meanwhile, is working with the military on “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

Professor Pyg crashes a party on “Gotham” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

A crew member dies in a fire on “The Orville” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

The guys on “Supernatural” (The CW, 8 p.m.) go out to an old western town.

Heather digs up a time capsule on “Life in Pieces” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.).

“Ghost Wars” (Syfy, 10 p.m.) has a power outage.

Vanessa faces off with Dmitri on “Van Helsing” (Syfy, 9 p.m.).

Marsha Mason is featured on Turner Classic Movies tonight with “Cinderella Liberty” (8 p.m.), “The Goodbye Girl” (10:1 p.m.), “Promises in the Dark” (12:15 a.m.), “Audrey Rose” (2:15 a.m.) and “Blume in Love” (4:15 a.m.).

Monday Night Football has Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC, 8:25 p.m.).

Basketball has Golden State at Boston (TNT, 8 p.m.) and Houston at Phoenix (TNT, 10:30 p.m.).

In college football, it’s Buffalo at Ball State (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.) and Tulsa at South Florida (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball has Illinois State vs. South Carolina (ESPN2, 11:30 a.m.) Boise State vs. UTEP (ESPNU, 2 p.m.), Iowa State vs. Appalachian State (ESPNU, 5:30 p.m.) and Tulsa vs. Western Michigan (ESPNews, 8 p.m.) in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Also: Auburn vs. Indiana State (ESPNU, 11:30 a.m.), Clemson vs. Ohio (ESPN2, 5 p.m.) and Dayton vs. Hofstra (ESPNU, 7:30 p.m.) in the Charleston Classic.

In the 2K Classic, it’s Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and Providence vs. Washington (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

Other games include Nebraska at St. John’s (Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.) and Xavier at Wisconsin (Fox Sports 1, 8:30 p.m.).

It’s the men’s and women’s finals in the U.S. Curling Olympic Trials (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Jeremy Irons, Bellamy Young. The View: Tyler Perry, John Ridley. The Talk: LL Cool J, Big Boy. Harry Connick: Shemar Moore, Elizabeth Smart. Steve Harvey: Anthony Anderson, Guillermo Diaz, Sunny Anderson. Ellen DeGeneres: Blake Shelton, Jacob Tremblay, Steve Spangler. Wendy Williams: Jason Biggs. The Real: Kim Kardashian.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Ben Affleck, Greta Gerwig, Dead & Company. Jimmy Kimmel: Julia Roberts, Frankie Shaw, Manchester Orchestra. Jimmy Fallon: Chance the Rapper, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill. Seth Meyers: Chris Hayes, Alex Lahey, Michel’le Baptiste. James Corden: Debra Messing, Taran Killam, Sam Rockwell, Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line. Carson Daly: Billy Ray Cyrus, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Jack Whitehall. Trevor Noah: Jordan Peele. Jordan Klepper: Molly Ball. Conan O’Brien: Paul Reiser, Abbi Jacobson, JD McPherson (rerun).


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