Thursday TV: A Salute to Funny Ladies

MaeWestTurner Classic Movies takes a 22-film look at funny ladies Thursdays this month, an event hosted by Illeana Douglas and Carol Burnett.

First up: Mae West, right,  in “I’m No Angel” (8 p.m.), Jean Harlow in “Dinner at Eight” (9:45 p.m.), Gracie Allen in “College Swing” (midnight), Marion Davies in the silent “Show People” (1:45 a.m.), Mabel Normand in “Fatty and Mabel Adrift” (3:15 a.m.), Margret Dumont in “A Day at the Races” (4 a.m.) and Thelma Todd in “Babes in the Goods” (6 a.m.).

And what about today’s funny ladies? Debra Messing returns on the season premiere of “Will & Grace” (NBC, 9 p.m.) facing a new comic foil, for five episodes anyway — David Schwimmer of “Friends.”

It was the real Hillary Clinton stopping by on the premiere of the rebooted “Murphy Brown” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) last week, but it is an unwitting Sarah Huckabee Sanders inserted a little more clumsily into tonight’s episode.

October means scary stuff so here’s a new British-Canadian anthology series, “Creeped Out” (Netflix, streaming), hosted a masked person called The Curious.

“Superstore” (NBC, 9 p.m.) returns for its fourth season in the afterglow of Amy and Jonah, whose impetuous hookup at the end of last season was inadvertently broadcast to stores worldwide.

The firehouse drama “Station 19” (ABC, 9 p.m.) returns for a second season with a skyscraper fire, filling in the final piece of the all-Shondaland T.G.I.T.

“The This Old House Hour” (PBS, 8 p.m.) starts its 17th season sizing up a Rhode Island bungalow that will become a net zero house.

On “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.) Stuart brings his new girlfriend home.

Lucky for her, Meredith’s patient on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.) is a matchmaker.

Trevor is wrecking Michael’s plans on “The Good Place” (NBC, 8:30 p.m.).

Annalise dives into her first class action case on “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

“Late Night Eats” (Cooking, 10 p.m.) returns for a second season; “The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.) is back for its third.

“Nightwatch Nation” (A&E, 10 p.m.) goes from gunshots in Yonkers to a box-cutter attack in Baton Rouge.

At least they are describing the “VIP experience” for a T.I. concert as part of “The Grand Hustle” (BET, 10 p.m.).

“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.) looks for a woman escaping a drug cartel.

Benson and Stone try to reunite a young girl rescued from a sex trafficker with her mother on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Emet makes a fake honor roll sticker so she can get into a fast lane at school pickup on “I Feel Bad” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.). It leads to a lot of problems.

On “Mom” (CBS, 9 p.m.), Christy wants to give up Gamblers Anonymous.

Mike goes after bears on “Mountain Men” (History, 9 p.m.).

Mary’s faith is shaken on “Young Sheldon” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.).

“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” (MTV, 8 p.m.) is back in Jersey.

The Hoffmans find a gold nugget on “Gold Rush” (Discovery, 8 p.m.).

The National League divisional series begins with Colorado at Milwaukee (Fox Sports 1, 5 p.m.) and Atlanta at Dodgers (MLB, 8:30 p.m.).

Thursday night football has Indianapolis at New England (Fox, 8:20 p.m.).

Hockey includes Nashville at Rangers (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.) and Philadelphia at Vegas (NBC Sports, 10 p.m.).

Preseason basketball has Indiana at Houston (NBA, 8 p.m.) and Sacramento at Lakers (NBA, 10:30 p.m.).

College football includes Georgia State at Troy (ESPNU, 7 p.m.) and Tulsa at Houston (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Michelle Williams, Common. The View: Andrea Kelly. The Talk: Andrew Dice Clay, Anjelica Huston. Ellen DeGeneres: Savannah Guthrie, LaBron James, Channing Tatum, Jungle. Wendy Williams: Sandra Lee. The Real: Tess Holiday.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Lady Gaga. Jimmy Kimmel: Lena Dunham, Frank Grillo, Young the Giant. Jimmy Fallon: Billy Crystal, Gisele Bundchen, Quavo. Seth Meyers: John Mulaney, Meredith Hagner, Alex Ross, Daxx Nielsen. James Corden: Beth Behrs, Taran Killam, Boy George. Carson Daly: Bruce Campbell, American Aquarium, Simon Gibson. Trevor Noah: Riz Ahmed. Conan O’Brien: Deon Cole.

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