Thursday TV: Morning Drama Looms

kavanaughThe biggest television moment of the season has nothing to do with the new fall shows.

Indeed, it will be tough to avoid he live Senate testimony (CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CSPAN, 10 a.m.) involving of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh will both testify about her charges of assault when they were in high school. At stake no less than a Supreme Court seat, the midterm elections and the status of women in the nation.

More TV series begin their fall runs tonight. On the season 15 premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.), doctors vie for a new position.

In the hour-long third season premiere of of “The Good Place” (NBC, 8 p.m.), Eleanor and her pals are back on Earth with a second chance to become better versions of themselves.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 9 p.m.) opens its 20th season with a rape case.

Christy rethinks law school on the season six premiere of “Mom” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

On the fifth season premiere of “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC, 10 p.m.), Annalise picks students for her new legal clinic.

“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.) gets in a standoff with man traffickers.

Thursday night football has Minnesota at Los Angeles (Fox, 8 p.m.).

On a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.), Sheldon tries to figure out what wedding gift he got from Leonard. Dr. Sturgis bonds with another 10-year old, invoking jealousy in “Young Sheldon” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.). Both shows didn’t fare well in their returns on a special night Monday, with “Big Bang Theory” down 41 percent over last year’s premiere, and “Young Sheldon” doing even worse.

“Shahs of Sunset” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) go to Las Vegas, but “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” (MTV, 8 p.m.) moves from Vegas to Atlantic City.

How do you feel about four hours of “Mountain Men: Fully Loaded” (History, 8 p.m.)?

“Bite Club” (Food, 9 p.m.) travels to Milwaukee.

Turner Classic Movies’ look at the Black Experience on Film concludes with stories from around the world, “Black Girl” (8 p.m.), “Cry, the Beloved Country” (9:15 p.m.), “Black Orpheus” (11:15 p.m.) and “Walkabout” (1:15 a.m.), followed by two other Australian films, “The Last Wave” (3 a.m.) and “The Plumber” (5 a.m.).

Baseball includes Yankees at Tampa Bay (MLB, 1 p.m.), Philadelphia at Colorado (MLB, 4 p.m.), Pittsburgh at Cubs (MLB, 8 p.m.) and Texas at Seattle (MLB, 11 p.m.).

College football has South Carolina State at North Carolina A&T (ESPNU, 7 p.m.) and North Carolina at Miami (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

Preseason hockey has Rangers at Philadelphia (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Kevin Hart, Faith Ford. The View: America Ferrera. The Talk: Faith Ford, Jodie Sweetin. Steve Harvey: Tim Allen, Joe Zee. Ellen DeGeneres: Lady Gaga. Wendy Williams: David Alan Grier. The Real: Shanola Hampton, Stevey Howey.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Jeff Bridges, Cedric the Entertainer, Mark Leibovich. Jimmy Kimmel: Jay Ellis, T.I. with Yo Gotti. Jimmy Fallon: Ricky Gervais, Shawn Mendes. Seth Meyers: Pete Davidson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Zainab Johnson, Ben Sesar. James Corden: Damon Wayans Jr., Gina Rodriguez, Mark Normand. Carson Daly: Jameela Jamil, Rupert Grint, William Elliot Whitmore, Joey King. Trevor Noah: America Ferera. Conan O’Brien: Jim Gaffigan, Seann William Scott, Gavin Turek.



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